For the first time in franchise history, the Dallas Mavericks have won the NBA Championship. Lead by Dirk Nowitzki and veteran Jason Terry, the Mavericks closed out the Miami Heat Sunday night in Miami. Déjà vu played a role for the Mavs as they witnessed Shaquille O’Neal and Dywane Wade hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy in Dallas in 2006. The Mavs won the series with their tenacious defense, having finally solved the riddle of the Miami defense. Players such as J,J, Barea, Jason Kidd, and Jason Terry played were factors from Game 2 on in what seemed to be the turning point of the series when the Mavericks came back from 15 down in the fourth to tie the series at one before heading to Dallas. The Mavs made timely buckets, dominated on the boards, and most of all, found a way to stop LeBron James. What has been a success all-season long, the Mavs’ shooting was spectacular and seemed to have the Heat on their heels, especially in Game 6. This series showed viewers around the world a little bit of everything. We witnessed heroic performances by a determined Dwyane Wade, and a sick Nowitzki, to a heated scuffle between Mario Chalmers and Deshawn Stevenson.
As much as we talk about the shooting of Nowitzki, it was the leadership and intensity that Jason Terry showed. After a disappointing first two games of the finals, Terry appeared to be “Locked Down” by LeBron James. Terry stated, “Let’s see if he can play the same way for seven games. Terry backed up his words and outplayed James throughout the rest of the series, including a fourth quarter outburst in Game 5. Terry picked up the load for Nowitzki coming off the bench and scoring at will. Terry was also on the Mavericks roster when they lost to the ’06 Heat team. It appears that Nowitzki just, got a whole lot better. He will not only be just known as a 10- time All-Star, NBA MVP, but now he will be known as an NBA champion and NBA Finals MVP. Nowitzki avoided being one of the greats to play the game, but never won a title with the likes of Stockton, Malone, Payton, and Barkley. Without a question, Dirk Nowitzki is the best 7-foot shooter toever play the game. You got to think the 2011-12 Mavericks will be just as good or better as they welcome back Caron Butler.
We’ve all watched what has been viewed as the reality show of LeBron James and the Heat. Since the infamous pep rally last July in which James stated the Heat will win seven championships, James received a harsh reality that it does not appear to be as easy as advertised. James had three quarters in him, but could not make a dollar as he disappeared in the fourth quarter of the finals. In Game 2, James did not score in the fourth quarter and finished the game with just 8 points, marking the first time in 434 games he did not crack double digits in points. James fourth quarter woes, lingered the rest of the series. James did not greet the media well afterwards when asked about how he felt that many people are happy he and the Heat fail he responded, “All the people that was rooting for me to fail, at the end of the day they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life they had before they woke up today. They’ll have the same personal problems they had today. And Iam going to live continue to live the way I want to live and do the things I want to do.” To win a championship, players like Jordan, Pippen, O’Neal and Kobe all know, the fourth quarter is how you build your legacy. James has now lost twice in the NBA Finals (2007 with Cleveland) and in 2011. We all know coach Eric Spoelstra and the Heat will be back next year, but the Mavs will be in the midst of things as well.
Sports Notes : (BasketBall): With free agents such as J.J. Barea, Tyson Chandler, and Caron Butler, are the will the Dallas Mavericks be in contention for a “Texas Two peat?” (Football) Day 93 of NFL Lockout. Meetings are scheduled to take place in Chicago in attempts to end the lockout, as training camp nears. (Baseball) Quest for 3000 : Derek Jeter left Monday’s game with a grade 1 calf strain. Today is his last shot to hit 3000 at home. However, Jeter’s quest for 3000 will be on hold as he heads to the disabled list with a grade 1 calf strain. The Yankees head to Chicago in an Interleague matchup with the Cubs. Jeter is 6 hits away from 3000 at 2,984.
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