I am perplexed, although have been extremely entertained with the NBA finals. It has been said that the finals are about runs and adjustments, yet I don’t see the better team making the proper adjustments after 3 games.
I give Dirk his props, throw in Kidd, Marion and Terry’s desire to win a title the fight has been entertaining, but talent wise the Heat should be up 3 games to none and drooling at the prospect of winning one more to send the Mav’s fishing.
The Heat jump out to these double digit leads then fall asleep at the wheel and let the Mavs make it a game down the wire. Whatever they do in the first half to limit Dirk should be done in the second half. I’m sorry I know Haslem may not have the endurance to play the whole game considering how little he’s played this season, but considering what’s on the line, if Dirk is in the game he has to be in.
With Haywood out they can make rebounding a huge advantage, Tyson Chandler is very aggressive blocking shots and rebounding. The Heat need to take advantage of this aggression. Dirk uses the pump fake to live at the line, why haven’t the Heat learned from that, pump fakes in the paint to get Chandler into foul trouble, and the second chance points for the Mav’s disappear.
In Chris Bosh they have a consistent 18 pt, 10 rebound guy, but as the series progress the Mav’s are going to put more pressure on him in crucial situations to make a play. He came through last night, but does he have the confidence to come up big in game 4?
I think the minutes Wade and James have to play in the first half takes a toll on their ability to close, they seem to have no energy left to go to the rack in the 4th quarter that they’ve had in the opening quarters. The Heat have gotten some bench help from one player each game, Chalmers in game 1, Bibby in game 2 and Chalmers again in game 3.
Someone else is going to have to make something happen, it’s clear that Wade and James will see the double team. Likewise the Mav’s have been a one man show, but Haslem has done a good job and I like LeBron on Terry to keep him under control. Marion has played great and has been a problem defensively for the Heat, who can they put on him with LeBron on Terry and Wade on Kidd?
They are by far more talented a team and still should wind up winning it all. Considering what they have, can you imagine the Heat with a big man to intimidate in the middle and a consistent 3 ball threat? The Heat would shut up all the naysayers and haters and strike fear in the rest of the NBA for the next few years.
Erik Spoelstra needs to come up with a better plan for the Heat to sustain a lead, but most people feel as though the big three have overcome coaching all season, they are 2 games away from winning it all, the question is can they hold up and make it to the finish line?
- Seth Joyner