Can Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks overcome the Heat?
Well, well, well….what do we have here? A finals filled with historic storylines. The Miami Heat & Dallas Mavericks will tip-off on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the 2011 NBA Finals. Will Dirk be able to match up with LeBron and D-Wade in this rematch from 2006? Miami won that series in 6 and my personal prediction is that the Miami Heat will take this one with LeBron James as Finals MVP. I really hope that my personal prediction is incorrect! As much as I would like Dallas to win, I just don’t think they have the firepower to compete with the Big 3. Notice…I said Big 3. Chris Bosh has been an instrumental part of the playoff run for Miami. He absolutely destroyed Chicago, averaging over 24 ppg for the series.
The Big 3 (Bosh, James, Wade) are 4 wins away from their goal...is this the year?
All season long, I have watched this team go through successful stretches and media scrutiny. With the bullseye on their back, they ran past Philly in 5,crushed Boston in 5, and finish Chicago in 5 as well. With 4 wins standing between LBJ and his first ring, I’m sure he will aim to finish strong. Dallas, on the other hand, has it’s share of doubters. From the start of the postseason, Portland was predicted to knock off the 2nd seed Mavericks. Despite blowing a 23 point lead against the Blazers in-game 4 of that series, Dallas rallied to overcome their nemesis in 6 games. That’s when the magic started for them: Dallas swept the defending back to back champion LA Lakers and ran past the Thunder in 5 games. If the Mavs can continue to shoot red-hot on the perimeter, they have a shot at the series. Guys, tell me what your prediction is and who will be MVP? I will give periodic updates as the series progresses along with a special surprise to the person who predicts the series winner , length of games and MVP.
Kobe Bryant & Lamar Odom (above) have their work cut out this summer.
Well, I see that the Los Angeles Lakers have a new coach in town. Mike Brown (formally of the Cleveland Cavaliers) has joined the team for approximately $5 million per year. I must say that Brown wasn’t my first choice, but he has an astounding reputation for being one of the elite defensive coaches in the NBA. This was a gaping hole in the Lakers clog this year towards a three-peat. Rumor has it that superstar Kobe Bryant had absolutely no say in this choice. Uh-oh….
Mike Brown was named LA Lakers new head honcho...
Brown certainly has his work cut out for him this year. What happens with Gasol or Bynum? Insiders say that Bynum might be forced Orlando in a swap for Dwight Howard. Does he keep Gasol and his estimated $16 million per year in tact? Will the franchise continue to build around Kobe and his three years, $80 million? What about versatile wingman Lamar Odom? Odom has all of the capability to be a primetime starter in this league. Finally, how does he address the point guard situation and the pitiful bench that disappointed all year? Some sources have Josh Smith and Kirk Hinrich coming west in exchange for Ron Artest and Bynum. Could this be true?
My opinion is that Brown will do a decent job as coach. Although this is still Kobe’s team, Brown will force them to have a focus on the defensive end that we haven’t seen in years. Somehow, the Lakers have to become younger and more athletic in the next three months. What will be done next remains to be seen…
Just my $.02,
In Game 2 of the West Finals, even coaches and players get into spats…this was evident when Russell Westbrook and Scott Brooks had a heated argument prior to the closing moments of the game. Westbrook apparently complained that the team didn’t run the play he called, resulting in a turnover. Westbrook has been getting a lot of attention lately for his high turnover count, but James Harden picked up the slack last night with 23 huge points to spur OKC to 106-100 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. Harden made a clutch trey late in the game to seal the deal and even the series.
James Harden attacking Dirk Nowitzki last night. His 23 points help OKC tie 1-1.
Oh, I almost forgot…how big was that dunk by Kevin Durant over Brendan Haywood???? I haven’t seen someone put on a poster like that at American Airlines Arena since Tracy McGrady took flight over Shawn Bradley. Just for that effort on defense, I think Coach Carlisle should bench him for the reminder of the series, lol. Two questions come to mind: Will the Mavs be able to bounce back? Will Kevin Durant have a forty plus performance similar to what Dirk Nowitzki accomplished in Game 1? Only time will tell…
Till the next one,
D-Rose & LBJ
Game 2 of the East Finals last night was a bloody battle….but the Heat prevailed by 10 in a gruesome game that saw several lead changes. LeBron James had 29 points, including several clutch baskets in the 4th quarter that put the nail in the coffin. The Heat out-rebounded the Bulls by 4, but got killed on the offensive glass by 11. The Bulls, however, weren’t able to capitalize from those rebounds and the Heat forced them to play an uptempo style they weren’t comfortable with. My belief is that Derrick Rose & the Bulls will come back in Game 3 with a stronger offensive effort. Will D-Wade and crew come back home with a championship swag??? Will Chris Bosh and Carlos Boozer show up big? Game 3 is coming up….more sports to come!
I read an article today about the famous Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. In case you didn’t know, Jabbar is the all time leading scorer in NBA history and one of the most dominant forces to ever play professional sports. Anyway, he apparently was upset as to why he hasn’t had a statue put up outside the Staples Center. He claims that either it is “an oversight or they are taking me for granted.” (Quote according to a Sporting News report)
The NBA's all time leading scorer, Mr. Jabbar
I agree with this 100%. There are only two players on Earth that can arguably be considered better than Jordan: Jabbar and Bill Russell. There is no way that Jerry West & Magic can have a statue and Kareem not have one!!! Give this man his props, please!
Just my $.02,
Can you even make 24 in a row without missing? He can...
What a game last night! Now this is exactly what playoff basketball is about. Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavs put on a show last night for the ages….not only did he have 48 points, but he shot an astonishing 12-15 from the field & 24-24 from the foul line! Are you kidding me? That’s nothing short of amazing! Now I have been one to be highly critical of Dirk in the past, but after this performance, I am starting a question my opinion a bit. Let’s see if he can keep up the pace in Game 2.
Will Luol be able to stop LBJ tonight?
Now, for where the big dogs play…the Eastern Conference. I will be totally honest, this is my blog and I will make it known (probably more than once or twice) that I hated “The Decision” this past summer. Make no mistake that LBJ is one of the elite players, but he will have to dig deep to overcome the defensive mastermind of Tom Thibodeau. The first game was a slugfest, but the Bulls came to play from long range: connecting on over 10 treys. Will Miami be up to the task? Game 2 is tonight!