NBA Finals Preview: Mavericks vs Heat

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NBA Finals Preview: Mavericks vs Heat

With arguably 4 of the best players (yes I said 4 players) in the league about to face-off against each other in the 2011 NBA Finals, the dream matchup we all hoped would happen, has happened.  With Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and Dirk Nowitzki on the court at the same time the world will most definitely be watching.  It’s a pretty safe bet that we can expect record TV ratings as we await tipoff.

When Miami and Dallas get going Tuesday night in Miami at 9pm on ABC, all eyes will be on South Beach.  Isn’t it a bit ironic that all eyes were in Cleveland prior to the start of the season when Lebron James made his televised decision to “take his talents” to South Beach?  It’s fitting that this over-analyzed and ultra-discussed topic will again be in the spotlight as The Heat try to continue their push through the Playoffs.  With Lebron, D-Wade and an emerging Chris Bosh moving full steam ahead, it’s hard to imagine them losing.  Except of course when they run into Dirk Nowitzki and company, who have played their way into the Finals in dominating fashion.

The Heat have had little to no competition in making their way to the Finals.  With more doubters and nay-sayers than they know what to do with hoping they lose, the Heat have done the complete opposite:

Defeated 76ers 4-1
Defeated Celtics 4-1
Defeated Bulls 4-1

With a record of 12-3 in the Playoffs, all of the Heat’s skeptics have been silenced.  They ran over an over-matched 76er squad, pummeled a bruised and battered Celtics team and just proved to everyone what they’re made of in an extremely hard-fought 5 game series versus the Chicago Bulls who had the league’s best record during the Regular Season.  What the Heat have done in the Playoffs so far is nothing short of spectacular.  They have proven that all the ups and down’s they went through during the Regular Season was nothing more than a team trying to find their identity.  Head Coach Erik Spoelstra constantly spoke about patience and waiting for the team to find their groove.  Apparently, they’re in full groove mode as the ‘Big 3’ are playing HUGE.  Lebron has put the Heat on his shoulders and carried the load as Wade has looked ‘off’ at times lately.  Lebron has finally gotten over his one true nemesis…Scoring late in close games and hitting clutch baskets with time winding down.  With Lebron playing some of the best basketball of his career, Chris Bosh putting up numbers close to his totals during his time as a Raptor and the ever so deadly Wade, the 2011 version of the Miami Heat have turned out to be everything Pat Riley envisioned them being and then some.

Heading into the Playoffs, Dallas was playing some un-inspiring ball.  Going 4-4 in their final 8 Regular Season games, it looked like the usual Dallas Maverick’s season had come to an end.  Once again, they finished with more than 50 wins with a record of 57-25, good for 3rdin the Western Conference and were matched up against a very dangerous Portland Trail Blazer Team.  This, according to many supposed experts was the one series to watch as an upset was in the making.  But something happened.  At some point in that First round series, Dirk Nowitzki realized that the run of strong Dallas Maverick team’s may come to an end.  The team boasts the 4th oldest roster in the league and their window of opportunity was all but shut.  Leading the Mavericks once again, Dirk is proving that this veteran squad is as good as advertised as they make their return to the Finals after a dominating performance through the Playoffs so far.

Defeated Blazer 4-2
Defeated Lakers 4-0
Defeated Thunder 4-1

There are many who can now safely argue that Dirk, and not Derrick Rose or even Lebron James is the true MVP of the NBA as of this moment.  How could you argue?  He was instrumental in the dismantling of the defending Champion Lakers as The Mavs laid a beat down to L.A to the tune of 4-0 and proved his star power as he over-matched league scoring leader Kevin Durant.  In the OKC series alone, Dirk proved that he has no equal in the game when it comes to late game heroics.  He led the charge in both game 4 and 5 as the Mavs came back from large deficits thanks to Dirk’s clutch shooting. 

With a support team that boasts a bench that could out-play many of the leagues starting 5, and a tenacious defense led by Tyson Chandler, Jason Kidd and Shawn Marion, the Heat are going to have their hands full.  This Mavs squad is well aware of what is at stake and will no doubt give it everything they have.  With Jason Kidd and Shawn Marion’s careers slowing down and Caron Butler and Tyson Chandler free agents after the season this team may not be the same come the start of next season (if there is one).  With Jason Terry’s heroics off the bench, the Mavs major advantage has to be their depth.  At any moment, they can substitute out one of their starters and replace them with a willing and capable player who won’t miss a beat.  And as a side note, let’s not forget that this run by Dallas is being made without their former starting Small Forward Caron Butler who is still out after having season-ending surgery on his knee.  Whether or not her returns at this point is still up in the air, although it looks more and more like no.


Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, Mike Bibby, Joel Anthony


Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, Shawn Marion, Tyson Chandler, DeShawn Stevenson

Saturday November 27, 2010 – Dallas 106 vs. Miami 95
Monday December 20, 2010 – Dallas 98 at Miami 96

These teams only played each other twice in the Regular season, and although Dallas won both affairs it is safe to say that these games both took place during the Heat’s “getting acquainted” stage and team chemistry may have been a question mark at this point of the season. 

This series is going to be EPIC.  Plain and simple.  With both teams lighting it up at the right time both the NBA and fans alike can expect an electrifying series with monstrous dunks, amazing shots and moments that live on in our memories for a long time.

It’s unclear what the right call is in this series.  Many experts have the Heat in 6, and conversely many have the Mavs in 6.  Either way, it looks like this series should make it to 6 games.  Who will win the Championship should come down to which team’s All-Star’s will decide to have a better series!


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