Dirk, Kidd, Marion, Terry, Peja… That’s a lot of guys who have been working very hard in the NBA to take home a ring. They each have been close before – Dirk and Jet in 2006 against these same Heat; Kidd in 2002 and 2003 against Shaq’s Lakers and Duncan’s Spurs; Peja along with Webber and the Kings in 2002 against Shaq’s Lakers. And now they can all call themselves Champions after taking out LeBron’s and Wade’s Miami Heat in 6 games.
I believe we could have seen this coming. Both teams basically advanced on the strength of playing great defense and then hitting miraculous shots. Which team should we expect to make miraculous shots more often if everything else is even? That would be Dallas. But the truth is that Miami had plenty of chances to win games in their series. They fell apart at the end of games 2 and 4 and still barely lost each. Game 5 was tight until the last couple of minutes. And Game 6 they lost due to unforced turnovers and missed free throws. So they had their opportunities and just didn’t capitalize this year. The commentators are already discussing if they should break up the trio of Wade, Bron, and Bosh, maybe in a grab at Orlando star center Dwight Howard. The team made the NBA Finals in its first year together. I doubt Riley will panic.
Let’s forget the sadness and look at some gladness!
Points to be glad about:
- Mark Cuban’s dedication to this team has finally paid off for him.
- Nowitzki will no longer be judged solely on the last 4 games of 2006 and 2007.
- Jason Terry doesn’t have to get his Larry O’Brien tattoo removed.
- All the Heat-Haters can finally calm down.
- Rick Carlisle, who had bad luck in Detriot and Indi, is now recognized.
- Jason Kidd is 2nd in All-Time assists, 3rd in All-Time 3 pointers, and an NBA champion.
- The Mavs proved that athleticism isn’t the be-all, end-all of the sport.
That was an ugly but suspenseful series, and we here at Double Dribble are crossing our fingers for an exciting off-season and no lockout. Keep checking in this summer for updates on all the player movement and other articles about stats, rankings, and the good old days.