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The Dallas Mavericks: Well. The upper hand is on the other foot. Again.

One game after stealing homecourt advantage from the cHeat, the Mavericks gave it right back. Fortunately, Mark Cuban has more than enough money to repair all the holes he probably punched into his walls last night.

Game 3 was an awful lot like Game 2.

Miami built a 14-point advantage. Dallas came back.

The cHeat led 81-74 after Dwyane Wade hit a shot with 6:31 left and 84-78 after Wade drilled a three with 4:31 left.

LeBron "Attack Mode" James didn't play very Next Michael Jordan-y (17 points, 6-for-14, 9 assists, 4 turnovers) while Dirk Nowitzki looked pretty Next Larry Bird-y (game-high 34 points, 11-for-21, 9-for-9 from the line 11 rebounds). This was even more apparent down the stretch: LeBron scored only 2 points in the fourth quarter while Nowitzki had 15...including 12 straight to lead a Dallas rally.

Make that an almost rally.

Because King Crab had help in Pookie (7 of his team-high 29 in the fourth) and the Boshtrich (7 fourth quarter points including the go-ahead jumper with 39 seconds left). Meanwhile, Dirk found out that one really is the loneliest number.

How critical has Nowitzki been in the Finals? According to Jeff Fogle of Hoopdata: "In the 20 minutes that Dirk Nowitzki has been on the bench resting during the NBA Championships, the Dallas Mavericks have been outscored by 31 points. In the 124 minutes that he played, Dallas has outscored the Miami Heat by 23 points. As strong as Miami has looked earning a big riding time advantage through three games, they're WAY down when Dirk is on the floor."

Wow. Dirk has had to do almost everything. And he almost did.

Almost.

Unfortunately for Mavs fans and cHeat haters, Nowitzki's personal 12-point run ended when he dished to Jason Terry for an open jumper with 58 seconds left. Terry missed and the score remained tied. Then, 19 seconds later, James dished to Bosh, and the RuPaul of Big Men hit to put Miami up a deuce.


On Dallas' next possession, Udonis Haslem's defense finally got to Dirk, and Nowitzki threw the ball out of bounds. James bricked a three with four seconds left and Dirk's forced jumper at the buzzer was off the mark.

Game over.

The Dallas players who weren't seven feet and blond went 17-for-49 from the field (36 percent). Shawn Marion (10 points, 4-for-12) was the only starter other than Dirk to reach double figures. Tyson Chandler shot 1-for-4 and finished with 5 points in 40 minutes. Jason Kidd had 9 points on 3-for-8 shooting. DeShawn Stevenson scored 3 points in 14 minutes.

Jason Terry chipped in 15 points off the bench, but he went scoreless (0-for-4) in the final 12 minutes. And J.J. Barea (6 points, 2-for-8, 1-for-5 on threes) was outplayed by Mario Chalmers (12 points, 4-for-6 on threes...including one that shouldn't have counted). This is a trend that may be killing he Mavericks.

From TrueHoop:

Through their march to the Finals, the Mavericks have been able to create vast acres of space in their offense by covering the floor with shooters. Few NBA players know how to exploit open space better than Jose Juan Barea, a good shooter who loves nothing more than to juke his man on the perimeter, put the ball on the floor, and sail into the wide open spaces of the Dallas offense.

From there, he has an array of floaters, runners and jumpers that are more than enough to get the job done.

Barea has been pretty bad against Miami, however. That's because when the Miami defense is loaded up with athletes like Chalmers spaces don't last long. Somebody long and strong is always rushing to fill the gap.

Barea has taken 23 shots over the Finals first three games. 18 missed. It's big letdown for a player who had made 51 of 117 playoff shots in the first three rounds. Watching Chalmers fight over picks to stay with Barea it's easy to see why he's finding space at a premium.

Over the course of a season, or a career, Chalmers and Barea are not so different -- decent NBA players who can hit open shots but hurt their teams if they try to do too much. Both players have career production a tick or two below average, with the slightly older Barea generally the more efficient of the two.

But in these Finals, whether by luck or quality of opposing defense, Chalmers has been the much more efficient shot maker. Barea has scored 13 points on 23 shots, while Chalmers has taken one fewer shot, but has scored 20 more points, with 33 points on 22 shots over the first three games.

Chalmers and Barea are bit players in this drama, but bit players who happen to be performing very differently in the final playoff series of the year. In a series that is turning on a point or two here or there -- the Heat have outscored the Mavericks by a total of eight points over the three games -- these are little things that matter.
Getting back to the fourth quarter, it may be worth comparing relative contributions to the Dallas cause. Nowitzki scored 15 points while going 4-for-7 from the field and 6-for-6 from the line. His teammates scored 7 points on 3-for-11 shooting.

After the game, Kidd stated the obvious: "We have to have somebody step up besides Dirk. We have to figure out how to get up front and play up front. The big thing is we've got to be able to make plays late in the game. Game 2 we made the plays, Game 3 we just didn't."

Dallas won the rebounding battle (42-36) but got outscored 40-22 in the paint and gave up 19 points off 14 turnovers.

Miami's two-point win also benefitted from a triple that should not have been.


Naturally, the announcing team got it wrong. As Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don't Lie explains:

The Dallas Mavericks and their fans can point to quite a few reasons for the team's two-point, 88-86 loss to the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. The team missed five free throws, shot 40 percent, turned the ball over 18 times [14 actually - Bawful], and clanged a series of solid three-point looks down the stretch. But Miami guard Mario Chalmers' buzzer-beating three to end the first quarter, one that should have been disallowed as Chalmers' foot was technically in the back court as he caught the ball, will sting the hardest.

The half court stripe is considered part of the back court, and the referees missed the fact that Chalmers had his heel on the line when he took the pass from Udonis Haslem in the front court. The rule is that you must be considered fully in the front court before you can receive a pass from the front court, and Chalmers' foot was still in the back court when he caught the ball. That's a lot of "courts" to consider, but all Mavs fans will look at is that two-point deficit on the scoreboard as the final buzzer sounded, while ruing the three-points that shouldn't have counted.
That bogus three-bomb capped a nightmare first quarter for the Mavericks. Basketbawful reader Factfinder said: "I bet Dallas wishes they could go back and contest all of those easy buckets they gave to Wade and Bron in the 1st quarter." Make that Wade, Bron and Bosh. Those three guys combined to convert seven dunks/layups in the first 12 minutes. Seven! In the first quarter of a Finals game!

Somewhere Bill Laimbeer is throwing up.

Chris Bosh denied: I'd be more gleeful about this if Dallas had won.


Jason Terry, quote machine: "A lot of my looks are contested, but hey, it’s the NBA Finals and they're going to contest every shot. And hey, we have to be more and more aggressive, and we'll see what happens."

J.J. Barea, quote machine: "I think had some open looks, especially [some] 3s, and they felt great and some were long and some were short. They just didn't go down for me. I'm going to keep shooting them. This team needs me to make shots, and everybody needs to make open shots, and we kinda struggled with that tonight."

Dwyane Wade, quote machine: "My teammates saw it. They can tell I wanted this game. ... I'm just trying to lead. My guys did a great job of following that lead."

Chris Bosh, quote machine, Part 1: "Open your eye like this. I'll poke you in it."

Chris Bosh, quote machine, Part 2: "I think [getting poked in the eye was] just symbolic of our season, everything. You just have to keep overcoming. If you lose Game 2 at home, blow a 15-point lead and you're out on the road and everything is against you, you have to get it done. I thought it was quite fitting that I got poked in the eye early."

Erik Spoelstra, quote machine: "There's so many storylines out there right now, the Game 3, all these trends and statistics. To simplify it for all of you, the game is not played in a statistical world. It is played between those four lines and 94 feet. Whoever plays the best and more consistent to their identity likely has the best chance to win."

LeBron James, quote machine: Total smackdown.


Chris' Finals Lacktion Ledger: Ian Mahinmi made two free throws in exactly eight minutes along with one board, only to foul five times for a 5:3 Voskuhl. Meanwhile, when your uber-short-stint-of-the-night is noted by the ABC commentating staff, it's clear lacktion has gone mainstream, in the case of Brian Cardinal -- whose 7 seconds of plugging in a DS to its charger at the end of the 2nd quarter garnered a Super Mario.

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93 Comments:
Anonymous Anonymous said...
I have to give Bosh props for not flexing and screaming after the game winner. Quite a contrast to the Boshtridge's natural behavior. Just keeps his focus and runs back on defense. Nice.

LeBron however just won't allow to let the Heat's douche-o-meter go below 10 (out of 10). Wow, what an asshole.

Dear God, should you allow this Heat team to become NBA champion, would you at least not let LeBron get MVP? Please?

Anonymous Stockton said...
The kind of shots Chalmers did aren't supposed to be reviewd in TV by the refs?

Anonymous ChrisLTD said...
I feel terrible for Dirk. His team let him down big time last night. All things considered, it's amazing the game was as close as it was. Dallas deserved to lose by 20-30 sans Dirk.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
I am sad.

Blogger Basketbawful said...
The kind of shots Chalmers did aren't supposed to be reviewd in TV by the refs?

From what I've read, whether or not it was a backcourt violation is not reviewable.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
I thought you could review anything in the last 2 minutes of a quarter?

So is it official now or we still counting the cHeat as Wade's team? LeBron has been giving the pre-game pep talk for second straight game...

Blogger chris said...
Dallas deserved to lose by 20-30 sans Dirk.

For that matter...that first quarter, not the end-of-game sequence...that was a team fail, from Cuban all the way down to the arena janitor. Seriously, when you have an entire country/planet behind you to try to stop the Nazgul, you kinda need to not wilt under the global pressure.

Especially when Miami got outscored the rest of the way entirely. LOL.

Anonymous matt said...
refcalls says chalmers's 3 was good:

http://refcalls.com/2011/06/06/miami-dallas-nba-finals-game-3-initial-review-of-ref-calls-gives-miami-a-4-point-advantage/

would copy and paste the pertinent section in here but it's too long.

Anonymous Karc said...
I stand corrected, Refcalls.com is saying that the Chalmers 3 was legal because he leaped into the frontcourt as he caught the ball, as opposed to his foot still being on the line when he got the ball.

Anonymous Stockton said...
Which plays can be reviewed?
Shot clock violations... there must be a complain from one team?... are there any written rules about that?

Anonymous Marylander said...
is there a stat like the time weighted average points difference? Feels like the Heat dominated the first three games. Dallas erasing 10+ point difference and winning the game is kind of getting old. That will wear them out at some point. My guess is if Miami leads game 4 at the half-time that means game over for Dallas.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
How about all the loose ball fouls called on Miami in the 4th quarter? The officating was ridiculously in favor of Dallas in this one.

I'm not even a Miami fan or a LeBron fan or anything of the sort.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Well, according to refcalls the cHeat still were given 4 points by the refs even if you don't count Chalmer's three.

Anonymous Matt said...
"How about all the loose ball fouls called on Miami in the 4th quarter? The officating was ridiculously in favor of Dallas in this one."

THANK GOD YES SOMEBODY ELSE NOTICED! I wasn't really expecting that to end up on WotN cause it hurt Miami, but those were some very questionable calls, especially the one on Haslem. No surprise no one else is mentioning it on here considering it doesn't fit the narrative of David Stern fixing the finals so the Nazgul win it all.

Anonymous ChrisLTD said...
I'm not sure Dwyane Wade's knees and coccyx are going to survive his constant flopping. On every replay I saw last night, Wade was falling down in an attempt to draw a foul. It's so frequent that my brothers and I have turned it into a Where's Waldo sort of game.

Blogger Ragib said...
lol the first commenter on this thread is a shit head. He's actually calling LeBron a douche for shutting down that reporter. Just cause Bawful didn't want to mention it in the post doesn't mean you can't see it for yourself. JET scored no points in the 4th - because LeBron gave basketball textbooks a definition of "lock down". That reporter got what he deserved.

Blogger David said...
I know it's ironic that I'm a heat fan and I'm bitching about foul calls today considering that A) We won and B) in 2006 we lived at the line, but WOW the officiating felt one sided last night. The loose ball fouls in the 4th quarter were what annoyed me the most. It also felt like Chandler could have pulled out a golf club and started beating Haslem with it and he wouldn't get called for anything.

27-14 disparity in overall foul calls and a 27-15 free throw attempt disparity. It wasn't for lack of aggression on our part. We did outscore then 40-22 in the paint.

And yet somehow we won. If I were a Mavs fan, that would terrify me - That they'd actually lose a game where they gave a huge whistle advantage while at home with Dirk having a 34 point game.

Anonymous Tree said...
@Raymond Blitz: I think it's official - LeBron is the cheerleader, Wade is the guy that delivers in the clutch. These finals have shown us all why LeBron's decision was wise: he cannot lead a team to a championship; when the Finals start, he needs an MJ for his Pippen. But I guess it's all the unquatifiable stuff that he's been delivering in crunch time, right LeBron?

Anonymous Bill R. said...
re the Chalmers call/no-call:

RefCalls.com is right on this -- it wasn't a backcourt violation, because Chalmers wasn't in the backcourt when he caught the ball (contrary to what Kelly Dwyer says, his foot was not "still in the backcourt when he caught the ball"). He had crossed midcourt and was in the front court already, even if he hadn't yet established position in the front court with his feet.

The ABC guys made a mess of the analysis on this one; it seems like a pretty clear and correct no-call.

Anonymous Tree said...
The officials absolutely blew last night ... I hate the Heat, but they got jobbed. But to be fair to the refs, I suspect Herr Stern has made clear to the refs that 2006 could not be repeated.

Anonymous kazam92 said...
Someone beat me to the refcalls link.

Lol @ someone here taking offense to what LeBron did to that asshole Greg Doyle. He gave a stupid question and deserved that response. Twitter pretty much blew him up after that.

The German God of Swish gave me at least 3 strokes last night. It was an interesting game. The Chalmers, Barea comparison was spot on. Was expecting Barea to really hurt Miami.

Blogger chris said...
On every replay I saw last night, Wade was falling down in an attempt to draw a foul. It's so frequent that my brothers and I have turned it into a Where's Waldo sort of game.

But nothing will ever be as epic as the Boshtrich's tears as he writhed around the ground for a good 90 seconds. I genuinely cracked up watching it.

Blogger Huan said...
Really? You're gonna nitpick on Chalmers' three when Bosh gets no call after being swiped in the eye, Kidd travels before the foul he drew on Wade, Lebron pumpfakes Marion out of his shorts to draw an obvious foul that wasn't called, and all those phantom loose ball fouls when Miami was in the penalty. I mean, I don't like bagging on the refs and I realize that all this is just sour grapes, but that three wasn't the difference in this game.

Blogger David said...
Tree,

That's not fair to LeBron. He was the definitive closer against Boston and Chicago. We wouldn't be in position if not for his brilliant play. This series, Wade has it going on offense, but LeBron has proven himself as a closer.

Also, Lebron is correct about how good his defense has been this series. ESPN Stats and Info reported today that Lebron has given up 5 points COMBINED through 3 finals games in the 4th quarter as a primary defender.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
What the fugg is up? Bosh goes 7-18 and has three rebounds and all of a sudden he's a superstar because he didn't piss his pants for once and hit a simple open jumper? I dislike this coverage ESPN is providing me with.

Blogger Japes said...
"LeBron however just won't allow to let the Heat's douche-o-meter go below 10 (out of 10). Wow, what an asshole. "

Riiight. The reporter's question was 10x douchier. He deserved that response from LeBron. LeBron has rendered Terry absolutely useless in this series.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
"Well, according to refcalls the cHeat still were given 4 points by the refs even if you don't count Chalmer's three."

It's not about the overall fairness of the calls, it's about the clear intention displayed by the refs to award free points to Dallas. Contrary to popular belief, calls are actually missed most of the times. But when you begin awarding loose ball fouls at any defensive rebound attempt then there's a clear intention behind.

40 points in the paint against 22 and yet they still only had 15 free throw attempts against Dallas' 27.

Blogger Sol Orwell said...
Yeah, where was the WOTN on the refs? 10 loose ball fouls was pure insanity.

Blogger Dooj said...
Is a backcourt violation different in the NBA than in High school and College? I thought that the backcourt line acted like an out of bounds line where a player has to establish position in the front court before he catches the ball.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
I thought that the story of the game was the Mavs being forced to play Ian Mahinmi due to Brendan Haywood's injury. The final margin was 2 points, and Mahinmi was an unmitigated disaster while on the court (5 fouls, ATROCIOUS defense, no offensive contribution, one posterization at the hands of James). He repeatedly cost his team points by putting Miami on the FT line (or at least closer to the bonus) and, offensively, by allowing his defender to roam off of him even more than Haywood does. Just a disaster.

Never thought I'd say that Brendan Haywood might be the key to victory in an NBA Finals game, but there you go.

Anonymous Wouter said...
Ah yes, it's only right that people will bitch about Chalmers' three (which was a correct no call) but won't mention the incredulous officiating, which gave the Mavs free throws practically every time.

Face it, Miami's the better team and has been for 11 out of 12 quarters played so far. Anyone who thinks this will all of the sudden change because the world thinks LeBron is the Antichrist can go suck their thumb and go weep in a little corner. It's getting old.

Anonymous Blizzard said...
@chris what cracked me up about Bosh was after they had to halt play to wait for him to finish crying, maybe the next possession he had an open dunk and let out a primal scream like he was some sort of tough guy. Who was it who said "the NBA is over" on the last thread, because I concur.

Anonymous kazam92 said...
Haywood practiced today. I expect him to play game 4.

Blogger chris said...
Blizzard: Bosh's antics are why it absolutely irks me that the NBA has cracked down on on-court confrontations: this is the type of behavior that, just like a premature celebration by the other team, should galvanize opponents.

In fact, I'm surprised it didn't, but hey, the Mavs lost and let down an entire universe.

Anonymous DJ Leon Smith said...
I didn't know that occasionally shutting down such offensive juggernauts as Jason Terry gave you a free pass from criticism for your nine points in three fourth quarters of the NBA Finals. Looks like the standard of greatness has really dropped in this generation.

Blogger Basketbawful said...
Regarding the officiating:

I think the officiating sucks in almost every NBA game. I think the road team usually gets effed in most cases. I usually point out only what seems to be the most egregious of the bad calls because there are too damn many of them, and, frankly, I get tired of talking about officiating game after game.

Blogger Basketbawful said...
By the way, regardless of how I feel about LeBron, Greg Doyle is a douche who asked a douche question and 'Bron gets kudos for the even-handed smackdown.

Blogger chris said...
Greg Doyel is one of the most annoying "journalists" in sports history and I continually shake my head in amazement that that guy has the gig he does.

Anonymous JJ said...
To be fair, I think NBA officiating is pretty tough to get right every time. It's extremely fast-paced and lots of rules regarding hands and feet. Although I'm not a fan of the officials, not sure how they can make it better. Video replaying everything is lame and it slows the game too much.

Blizzard: Bosh crying for 10 minutes was pretty funny. The whole time, I was thinking, "Wow, he's going to force them to call a timeout, isn't he?" And yep. He did.

Blogger DDC said...
I didn't hear the entire exchange between Lebron & Greg Doyle, but I just saw some pictures of Greg Doyle. Yeah, I see nothing but douche.

Anonymous Tree said...
@David - yeah, you're right: against Boston and Chicago. But I was talking about the Finals specifically, not the playoffs in general. LeBron has given some performances this year and year's past that were mind-blowing in terms of how clutch he was to close a game (i.e. that Detroit game in '07 immediately comes to mind). But again, when you talk about his ability to will a team to a win in the Finals specifically, he craps the bed. We saw it in the Olympics too - in the biggest moments (when medals/championships are won), he shrinks. If Dallas had won last night, the clutch defense he was talking about would have meant nothing ... his shat offense almost cost Miami a game that was theirs for the taking (and thankfully for him, Wade made this point moot).

Anonymous kazam92 said...
Bosh's eye (which is now on twitter) is "feeling better." But c'mon, he looked like Uncle Ruckus last night.

In other bulletin board material, Jet Terry and Deshawn Stevenson are laying down some serious smack talk.

Blogger AnacondaHL said...
I'm gonna pile onto the LeBron defense and say if you don't know who Gregg Doyel is, please read his column today.

I mean, if you can actually read it all without wanting to smash your monitor in disgust that someone can get paid for that.

Blogger AnacondaHL said...
Apparently I fail at a href tags so here it is for real.

Bonus link to Yahoo also calling out Doyle with a better explanation.

Blogger AnacondaHL said...
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Blogger JerryT said...
http://img198.imageshack.us/img198/6015/chalmers.jpg

judging by the ball movement direction the actual contact between the ball and the chalmers is in the LAST frame. or rather last frame and one further. if you then look at him standing on his toes, 100% on the frontcourt - that does not look like a backcourt violation.

Anonymous Tree said...
JESUS! I just read that Doyel column ... he would be better off writing comments here than writing for CBS. The few valid points he makes are completely overshadowed by pure and utter hackiosity. And, without a doubt, that is the douchiest headhot I've ever seen ...

Blogger chris said...
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You know you suck as a writer when most of America is compelled to agree with KING CRAB as to how annoying you are, and if this was CBS Sportsline's goal, well hey, congrats on putting out such terrible dreck in print!!!!!!!!!!!1

Anonymous Anonymous said...
The points in the paint vs total number of fouls called/FTs given isn't really accurate this game, considering that Dallas would literally jump out of the way when LeBron and Wade would drive to the basket. Go back and watch how many times Chandler (and others) moved so as to not foul whoever was running at them. Since Haywood was out, Chandler couldn't pick up his normal amount of fouls, and that greatly affected how he played.

Fouling/not fouling in this situation is an area where the Mavs can't win. If they foul whoever is driving to the basket, then they pick up a lot of fouls and Miami lives at the line. But if they don't foul, then Miami (usually) gets an easy score. Either way, Miami scores in those situations. I guess the choice where you don't get the foul (and hope they miss) is the better one.

Anonymous kazam92 said...
274 Filipino scraper servers.
Erik Spoelstra's family?

But look. I love this blog. Even if the Heat are disliked immensely. But hell, I actually remember defending The Drain a few times last year. Many of you are older, wiser, basketball addicts and I appreciate that

Bonus Bawful - Vince Carter is gonna be on ESPN 1st Take tomorrow.

Anonymous sixtyeight said...
Wow, just read that "column" anaconda linked and what can I say...kindergarten stuff. I expecially love how he puts the "lebron's a whiner" part into it, you know, like Doyle wanted to sound like an immature brat. Did lebron stole his toy car or something?

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Alright I admit I both didn't know that journalist guy and I let my LeBron hate blind me. I just thought LeBron's answer was a bit harsh no matter how stupid that question was (and there is a tiny bit of truth to it: the self-proclaimed king and chosen one is not the man even on his own team?). This guy seems to deserve it though. Sorry. You can dim down your outrage now.

Blogger JerryT said...
the self-proclaimed king and chosen one is not in his own team. it is dwayne wade's team. and he was added. please do remember that.

Blogger David said...
Tree,

If you objectively look at how Bron has played all around, I don't see how you can say that LeBron is shrinking from the moment.

Through three finals games he's shooting 51% from the floor and his defense has been positively brilliant. Last game he gave you 9 assists too, 4 of which game in the 4th quarter (including the game winning pass to Bosh).

There can only be one leading scorer on your team in a given series. It's not LeBron this time, but I think you're really ignoring every other aspect of the game if you think him "only" getting 20 PPG so far this series as a sign that he's shrinking.

This conversation is a perfect example of how people overvalue scoring and undervalue defense and passing.

Blogger lordhenry said...
Disappointing, I really thought the Dallas reserves would show up at home. Where is the team that couldn't miss against the Lakers? If that team ever shows up they could wipe the floor with Miami. Someone besides Barea needs to go to the basket, and somebody besides Dirk needs to make a shot.

Where are the 'oops to Chandler and the ball movement? Also, felt Dallas made a concerted effort to play Haywood and Chandler, as well as Marion off of Dirk when the double came, but I didn't really see that last night.

Miami played well and deserved to win, and I also would like to salute all the Heat fans that have taken their lumps all season, but are still being pretty civil.

Blogger Basketbawful said...
If you objectively look at how Bron has played all around, I don't see how you can say that LeBron is shrinking from the moment.

Pains me to admit I agree. He's definitely not "The Next Michael Jordan." But even though Wade has been the better scorer in the Finals, 'Bron's playing great D and setting plates.

As I've said, the three star system is working the way the cHeat had hoped it would.

Anonymous bing said...
On the reporter & LeBron's smack down, the journo could have phrased his question so that LBJ couldn't get off the hook by pointing to his defense.
I don't think the reporter was douchie at all, it's his job to ask the hard questions as well as the back-slapping you-the-man-style questions.

I expect LBJ's ego will come and and score 30+ in the next game.

Blogger Murcy said...
okay, I know, nice time to show up after disappearing for most of the season, and leaving kazam (and lately, a few others) alone, but I have been a faithful reader, if less of a commenter. anyway. i do believe both teams are playing up to most of their abilities - but both are making a concentrated effort on both ends as it should happen in finals games. this has so far been a highly enjoyable series (hello, cavs-spurs). and wade is still awesome. i have seen a number of times in the comments during the aftermath of the last few games that he is done or has ran out of juice. care to elaborate as to why?

Blogger TransINSANO said...
I thought LeBron could have smacked that reporter down even harder because it's not like he was killing them on offense either, he was moving the ball.

Perhaps the tide is turning, LeBron is looking sympathetic and Dirk is now... turning heal on his teammates? Dirk called out Terry for not being clutch and carrying his weight (Dirk really has been studying Kobe). Dirk's right of course, but I think this is a mistake because Terry has always struck me as a guy who secretly knows he really isn't clutch which is why he goes out of his way to claim that mantle and relies on a bunch of superstitious nonsense as a crutch ("I made a deal with God that in exchange for all my 4th quarter shots going in I'll eat all my broccoli! Glad I don't have to worry about anymore... BECAUSE I DO ALL THE TIME"). My guess is calling him out will only exacerbate his Finals meltdown and hasten his transformation into John Starks by game 7.

Anonymous ChrisLTD said...
TransINSANO,
+1 for the John Starks reference.

Remember Latrell Sprewell? I wonder how he is managing to feed his family these days...

Anonymous Aaron said...
Why is the MEDIA "pitying" LeBron? Why is ANYONE trying to give LeBron a break?

He _COULD_ have avoided all of these if he had stayed in Cleveland and won! He couldn't win and didn't stay. So there should be no mercy for him. F him. Call me a hater. But F him.

Anonymous Jon L. said...
Dirk needs some help. He is playing his ass off and is getting no support.

Blogger David said...
If my team wasn't in the finals I'd be pulling for Dirk all the way.

The dude has taken so much abuse over the years for bogus things like being "soft" and "not clutch." And it's never phased him. He comes back every year, plays awesome, and never makes an ass out of himself.

If the Heat go on to lose the series, there will be a large part of me that will be happy for his sake (once I come out of my 2 week long sports-depression that's sure to ensue if we fail).

Anonymous Anonymous said...
@Aaron: Seriously. Lebron James is the most coddled, protected, and apologized for professional athlete I have ever seen. He has been given breaks and the benefit of the doubt his entire career. He earns more money in a year than most people will see in 10 lifetimes and we're supposed to feel sorry for him because..............

Anonymous Anonymous said...
No mention of the refs? Come on, Dallas was gifted with calls in that game. If this happened to Miami I guarantee people would be all over it, but because Dallas got an advantage no one says anything. The criticism of the refs should go both ways.

Blogger winnetou said...
Couldn't make myself watch the game after stumbling into an early spoiler. :(

Anyway, bonus bawful: Kobe Bryant still playing basketball in staples center during the finals- unfortunately for Mamba, only on a PS3.
Highlights: DWade swishes a 3 against him; "that's not realistic at all :("
"[the AI Lakers] run the triangle better than we did last year." Maybe AI Citizen Artest isn't that realistic then?

Wonder what the two big franchises will do if there is a lockout, especially NBA Elite after not releasing a game last year.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Now, imagine that Dirk has his McHale in this finals.....I wonder how that would turn out.....?

Anonymous pion17 said...
Sorry to bother you all, but what exactly does "Nazgul" mean?

Anonymous Mladen said...
@Aaron: What?

@Jon L: Yep. Too bad that Dirk doesn't have a Chris Paul/D-will type of point-guard to rely on, or even better, a quality SG who could take over some of the scoring load. I mean, I'm rooting for the Heat, but it pains me to see the German playing so amazingly throughout the playoffs, only to have it go to waste.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Dirk calling out Terry is okay, he's been calling him clutch and "our closer" for years, even if he wasn't, so I guess he's just trying something new.

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Anonymous Drew said...
@Aaron, I think we're past the should have won in Cleveland debate. That team really looked like potential NBA champs this season, if only Lebron had remained there, didn't it?

Greg Doyel: wow. What a bitter little man, trying to make a name for himself by calling out, then getting completely pwned by a guy who probably didn't even really finish high school.

Sure Lebron's not the next MJ, but people who keep bringing that up are really saying more about themselves: ie, their inability to come up with any relevant analysis or comment on one of the best players in the NBA at the moment.

Dirk is just showing us all that it's difficult to win a game of 1 vs 3. Terry got a tat of the finals trophy...he should be putting his game where his ink is.

Anonymous JJ said...
TransINSANO, I totally agree. Though I feel sympathetic towards Dirk and understand his frustration, his team doesn't really have anyone for him to call out. And definitely not Terry. There's no one on that team that Dirk can call out and they'll suddenly step up their scoring.... except Dirk.... But, that would mean he'd have to shoot way more and wouldn't really

Anonymous Aaron said...
@Drew. That's THE point. LeBron will be great if he overcame the insane odds and difficulties in Cleveland. Heck, even Bill Simmons said if LeBron had gone to the mess in NY and won there, he will be praised forever. But he went to Miami...so no matter what, F him. Don't forget. He will always have one less ring than the co-captain of his own team, Udonis Haslem.

Anonymous Aaron said...
Is it me or does anyone expect the sideline of the Warriors will now sound like: "You are BETTER than this," and "Momma, the BAD man is here" in every single timeout?

Blogger Solieyu said...
LeBron now seems to be getting the same flak as Dwight Howard in crunch time. There are still two ends of the court in the fourth quarter. Defense still matters.

Haslem was super clutch. He called for the defensive assignment on Dirk at the end of Game 2 and didn't get it. He did so again in Game 3 and played perfect D on Dirk.

I am speechless at the stupidity of Stevenson and Terry giving two of the best players in the world erase board material. Terry said that Portland D is better than Miami's, and that LeBron's Defense is nothing special. That and DeShawn apparently trying to rekindle the rivalry by calling James and Wade 'actors.' This when, if you go to topflops.com Stevenson has 5 of the top 18 flops of this year's playoffs.

If Game 4 is a blowout with D-Wade annihilating Stevenson and James crushing Terry on both ends, we'll know why.

Blogger BadDave said...
pion17 - Nazgul are a reference from J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings books. Here's the wikipedia entry.

Basically they are the scions of darkness wreaking havoc on the land.

Blogger Barry said...
I see two pretty evenly matched sides, one's a bit deeper and and the other one is top heavy. The Mavs have stretches where they can't D up on anybody or their mothers and at other times they look like a team of Kevin Garnetts and Gary Paytons. On the other side the Heat just don't focus when they are up by 9 or 10 and let the Mavs get back in it.

What was up with that weird LeBron 3 that could have iced it near the end? Chalmers was wide open to his left, although I have to say that I don't know what the shot clock was at that point. Chalmers was hitting open 3's like mad.

Blogger stephanie g said...
Golden State, the sacrifice you've made this day will never be forgotten.

Blogger chris said...
stephanie g: What sacrifice? Isn't this the way the team has been managed since the championship season in 1974? Pure LOL. :D

Anonymous JJ said...
Aaron, I can totally picture that every time Warriors have a defensive lapse (which will be very, very often), you're also going to hear "Hand down, man down!" I only hear him on TV and I'm already sick of his 1-liners. I feel bad for his players. Haha.

Or maybe he'll turn out to be a great coach and surprise everyone. Naahhh.

Anonymous Daniel said...
WAAAAAAAAAAH IT'S NOT LEBRON'S TEAM. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA HE DIDN'T SCORE TONS OF POINTS IN THE FOURTH QUARTER! HAHAHAHA SHUTTING DOWN JASON TERRY WHO CARES? LEBRON IS TERRIBLE NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS. WHO CARES IF THEY WON? HE WON'T GET MVP YAAAAAAAY.

Jesus, you people are pathetic.

Blogger DDC said...
@bing - I have to disagree with your comment. Greg Doyel is a doucher. Just do an image search and get back to me. I'm not a Lebron fan, by any stretch, but Greg Doyel is a douche.

Blogger BadDave said...
Chris - the sacrifice is not them just taking him on in the spirit of Golden State Bawful, but taking him off broadcasting.

Anonymous Kono said...
Lebron is a great basketball player, the best on the planet right now. He's a physical specimen. He plays both ends of the floor. He seems coachable. He's not a headcase. I'd choose him over any other player to build a franchise around.

But when it comes to the intangible things that make a someone a hero that people admire,
rather than just a great player, things like guts, determination, and a never-say-die attitude, Lebron is clearly lacking. He'll never be comparable to Jordan regardless of how many rings he wins.

Anonymous Aaron said...
look at this way. MJ stole the ball from Malone and scored on Russell (albeit via a push-off). If you want to be great, you gotta do great things on both ends.

I love how LeBron is being a team player and working hard on defense. But you know what? He's just a ROLE player. Where is the comparison between Bruce Bowen and MJ???? Bruce Bowen has 3 or 4 rings.

Anonymous Business Time said...
@pion17, to add on to BadDave's explanation, the Nazgul in Lord of the Rings are former kings who gave up their humanity to chase after a ring. Sound familiar?

Blogger chris said...
BadDave: Aw, isn't this what we have goofily-operated franchises for? Thank you, Association.

Anonymous Blizzard said...
@Aaron, whoa there. Bowen may have been a good defender but could even he have locked down the other team's best bench player? Be realistic.

Blogger JerryT said...
@ Aaron - yup Lebron is a role player. only his role is doing a triple double each game....

Anonymous Aaron said...
@Blizzard. My reasoning goes:

1. LeBron is not shooting the balls at all but defending well.

2. LeBron is being compared to MJ but still has no ring (yet).

3. Bruce Bowen defends exceptionally well and has 3 or 4 rings.

Then the logic seems to follow that Bruce Bowen should be compared to LeBron and thus should be compared to MJ. This is a faulty logic. But if we can say LeBron is like MJ for being a role player, why not the other great role players that already have multiple rings?

All I am saying is that LeBron does need to be exceptionally great! I mean, where is the talk now that LeBron is supposed to stop Dirk? Why do we want this even though it is not a good match-up? Because we *want* to see LeBron take down the best offensive weapon on the opposing team then score points for his own team! That's what it means to be compared to MJ. When he is stopping Jason Terry and not scoring, that's being a ROLE player.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Aaron is one of the dumbest posters in basketbawful history. That is all.

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