2011 NBA Finals: Fear the Ostrich



Whenever Miami contains Dallas to under 90 points, the Heat trumps the Mavs.

Whenever Mario Chalmers hits in double figures, the Heat usually wins.

And whenever Dwyane Wade top scores for the Miami Heat, they would lose.

But then they didn’t.

Dwyane Wade topscored his squad with 29 points and Chris Bosh made a clutch jumper with 41 ticks left to retrieve the lead of the 2011 NBA Finals. With the 88 to 86 win, Dallas was forced to relinquish their dream of finishing the series in their home turf.

Just like in Games 1 and 2, the Heat got to a hot start and dictated the pace and Dallas was able to manage to come back from the huge deficit.

Let’s check out the stats!


NUMBER TEN / FEAR THE OSTRICH




Just like what my friend Evilbrain told me, Chris Bosh looks like an ostrich. Say what you will though – Bosh delivered when it mattered. It was almost elementary to mock Bosh for his lackluster season but he nailed the shot that mattered. He finished the game with 18 points and although his 3 rebounds, 1 assist, and 7-of-18 shooting is nothing to brag about, he did nail the game winner.


NUMBER NINE / THE FLASH




For the second straight game, Dwyane Wade the Heat in scoring and this time, he made sure his efforts won’t be for naught. Wade finished with 29 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal, and a block in 39 minutes of gameplay and 12-of-21 shooting. This output was much needed since for the second straight game, Lebron James struggled to get his points.


NUMBER EIGHT / DIRK DID IT




Dirk Nowitzki fought well even in a losing effort. He finished the match with 34 points, 11 rebounds, an assist, a steal, and a block. Sure, he failed to sink what was supposed to be the match’s equalizer but true enough, Dallas lived and died with Dirk.


NUMBER SEVEN / HEAT TO WIN




Whenever Mario Chalmers hits double figures, the Heat wins the game. Again, Chalmers did his damage beyond the arc and with Lebron James saddled with a series low 17 points (although he did have 9 assists) the pain of his struggles seemed tolerable for the Heat.


NUMBER SIX / MAVS TO LOSE




Dirk was spectacular in their loss but there were a lot of missing links in their rotation. Peja Stojakovic continues to become a non-factor while despite claiming a combined 83 minutes, Shawn Marion and Tyson Chandler for only 15 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 blocked shots. Jason Terry had 15 points but had a miserable shooting night with 5-out-of-13.


NUMBER FIVE / SORE AND LOSER




When Dallas wins, the sore finger is not much of a threat but continuous disappointments destroy a man’s psyche and it often burdens all aspects of that person. Hopefully that wouldn’t happen with Dirk.


NUMBER FOUR / BALLET




It’s hard to look at a bunch of guys who are so synchronized with their movements. This is just... wrong.


NUMBER THREE / HEROES



Udonis Haslem is a hero in his own right for returning in the nick of time and giving the Heat an extra hand in controlling and defending the inside. As for the Mavericks, Jason Kidd, Tyson Chandler, and Marion has had their share of good games but here’s the thing – Miami has three players scoring 60 points and more. Dallas doesn’t have three players but they got in this situation because of their team play. Where are those heroes now? Who will step up to give the Mavs an extra hand?


NUMBER TWO / THE BRAWN OF LEBRON



After Game 1, Lebron James has struggled offensively. I have no idea if the scoring barrage will again be unleashed in Game 4 but let it be known that the only reason why Dwyane Wade is getting the points is because Lebron is getting Dallas’ defense. Lebron almost had a double-double in the contest but more than anything, it is his scoring that would prove crucial to the Heat’s cause.


NUMBER ONE / NO WALK IN THE PARK




At the start of the series, everyone was saying that the Miami Heat will ransack the Dallas Mavericks with great ease. As you have seen, every game played in this series is hard fought. However, the trend where Miami will have a run in the first half and then Dallas will fight to even it in the second needs to stop. It’s not cool to see Dallas squirm in each and every opportunity that arises. For some insane reason, to further the fuel of their drive, Dallas needs a game where they will win via romp.


Dallas needs to win in Game 4. Just when everyone thought that Dallas’ return would spell trouble for the Heat, the Heat could possibly finish the Mavs in their home court.

Game over.

(Thank you Yahoo Sports and Getty Images for the awesome pictures!)  

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