2011 NBA Finals Game 2 - Nowitzkrieg




Dallas squandered a 9-point lead at the brink of halftime and but fought back from a 15-point deficit to even their best-of-seven series against Miami, 95 to 93.

The Mavs need to sweep all of their home games if they want to finish the Heat at home.

I was kind of hating the Heat when Dwyane Wade went berserk and I have accepted the fact that the Heat will have a 2-game binge when it heat este hit me...

Whenever I see the game live, they win!

This was further accentuated when I arrived at my office and the people watching threw me out of our room because the first play that happened when I came in was Mario Chalmers hitting an uncontested triple!

By the way, I have to say that the “nakaw” or conniving play Erik Spoelstra pulled reminded me of the late 80’s Ginebra squad.

After I went out of the loon because commuting made my shirt sweaty and lucky for me I have a spare, Dirk Nowitzki scored on a layup with 3.6 seconds left that sealed the win for the Mavs.


NUMBER 10 / THE BIG THREE STRUGGLES




CHRIS BOSH 
You have got to be kidding me! That shout could be mistaken for a cry for help in my book. I keep on telling people that the Heat needs to get 60 points from Dwyane Wade, Lebron James, and Chris Bosh but in Game 2, Boshy (another name could be Chris Botch) looked lost with his atrocious 12 points and his weak 4-of-16 shooting. And for those keeping tabs, adding Wade’s 36 with James’ 20 and Bosh’s 12 will give the trio 58 points.




DWYANE WADE  
If you look at it, Dwyane Wade was the only Miami Big Three to do well in that contest. Wade had a game-high 36 points to go with his 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, and 2 swats. He was also 13-of-20 from the field and perhaps the only kink in his armor is his 2-of-7 3-point clip.




LEBRON JAMES  
But like I said, Bosh and Wade are merely big-time sidekicks to Lebron James. This is why Dallas was so happy to hear the ref whistle LBJ’s third foul with almost five minutes remaining before halftime. In some ways, James managed to score 20 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals, and a block. However, some of those stats are a little less to what he did in Game 1. Plus, he also had 5 turnovers in the contest and shot 2-of-7 from beyond the arc.


NUMBER 9 / FALLING IN LOVE BEYOND THE ARC




Dallas had a sour 6-of-17 clip beyond the 3-point area. The Heat did even worse with 9-of-30. I guess hitting a lot of three-pointers mean that either the Dallas Mavs have stingy defense or Miami is too lazy to penetrate to the inside. Also, Mike Bibby was the only Heat to do damage at the triple zone with 4-of-7. James, Wade, Mike Miller, and Mario Chalmers combined for 5-of-23 from that part of the court (although the last Chalmers triple was awesome). For the Mavs, Jason Terry and JJ Barea had off nights outside but Jason Kidd and Deshawn Stevenson saved them. As for Dirk, how fitting it is to see your top big man doing most of his damage on the inside. Nowitzki only attempted twice and he scored once in the 3-point zone.


NUMBER 8 / WHEN LOVE AND HATE COLLIDE





Aside from the fact that they are streaky losers, whenever a basic problem happens, they turn this to a soap opera. So when the Heat was mismanaging their 15-point lead, their oozing confidence shatters and concocts into a bad case of finger-pointing. It also meant that the Big Three then gets the notion that they will become their team’s savior... which again, leads to ballhogging... and eventually finger-pointing.


NUMBER 7 / DIRK NOWITZKRIEG




Remember when Chris Bosh was holding three fingers up to signify the number of games they need to win in order to capture his first NBA title? Well, Dirk is holding it as well. As the guy who stayed put with his and not taking his talents elsewhere, he was responsible for scoring the points needed for Dallas to claim the victory and he finished the game with 24 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 assists.  


NUMBER 6 / JIM CARREY




Oh. I’m sorry. I meant Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle. He made the right adjustments to neutralize the Heat’s scoring. Except for Wade, all of their guns went bye-bye during Game 2. While they still have problems when it comes to board work, maintaining leads, and not having 15-point deficits, at least they took a game in Miami.


NUMBER 5 / SUPPORT IS ON






Dirk technically had an off-night because he usually needs to score higher but his team mates gave the Mavs the much-needed lift. Shawn Marion is playing like his old Matrix self as he unloaded 20 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal, and a block. Jason Terry found his range at the time when Dallas seriously needs it and he finished with 16 points, a rebound, 5 assists, and 2 steals. Tyson Chandler terrorized the Heat with offense and defense and ended Game 2 with 13 points, 7 rebounds, and a steal. And then Stevenson had 3 triples and then Kidd had two treys.

In essence, almost every person that needs to matter for Dallas in Game 2 mattered.


NUMBER 4 / THAT KID




Hopefully he didn’t use anything permanent on his face. Moving on...


NUMBER 3 / GETTING DIRTY





Dallas has been known in the 2000’s as the team that fails to impress especially when it comes to defense. In this game, they were making things hard for the Heat. Dallas players dive for loose balls, give up hard fouls, and doing everything in their power to not give Miami easy baskets. I think this is where they need to excel. The team again lessened their rotation to a mere 7 players logging in 14 minutes and more compared to Miami’s eight but this happened because Carlisle wanted to weed out the off/def people. In the end, the ploy worked but they also need to address the issues that will happen once Erik Spoelstra tries to solve their Game 2 miscues.


NUMBER 2 / MOCKING DIRK’S MASTER



Dirk turned into goo after his master’s face was desecrated by the people of Miami! By Crum, Dirk vowed to may his master’s enemies in whatever weapon he can make to damage the psyches of the Miami faithful.

And while he was inciting his ravenous vengeance, he was humming to the songs of his singing idol, none other than the protector of Baywatch, David Hasselhoff.

Word.  


NUMBER 1 / SHAQ



The lovefest the world displayed towards Shaquille O’Neal is nice and all but I think when Shaq said he was rooting for Wade and Lebron, it kind of jinxed the Heat. I know Shaq helped the Heat won a title in 2006 but if not for the Heat, Shaq would have ended his career as champion. Maybe I’m overplaying this but hey, wouldn’t that be a buzzkill for Miami!






The series rests for two days and will resume on Monday (Sunday US time) with Dallas hoping to try to use their three home games to their advantage.

With the awesome action of Game 2 now history, let’s wait and see if Miami can get back their advantage or will Dallas overtake them.

Thank you Yahoo Photos

Game over.

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