This is no doubt Jason Terry’s biggest shot of his career:
It will be great when Jet hits a bigger shot on Sunday!!!
The Dallas Mavericks found themselves in an all too familiar position in this NBA Finals. They were trailing by nearly double-digits with just over 10 minutes to play. Dirk didn’t look good. In fact, he had battled a sinus infection that made him have a 102 degree fever a good part of the day.
The Heat was on. Wade was scoring. Bosh looked great. Even though LeBron wasn’t scoring much he was still distributing the ball extremely well. It looked as if the soon to be 7+ time NBA Champs were about to deliver a haymaker that no one could recover from.
On Sunday, the Miami Heat took back control of the NBA Finals by defeating the Dallas Mavericks 88-86 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. It was a game that Miami took control of early and would’ve cruised to victory easily if it were not for more late-game heroics from Dirk Nowitzki that brought the Mavs back into contention down the stretch in the fourth quarter.
Dallas native Chris Bosch put the dagger into Dallas’ heart by hitting the go-ahead shot with 39.6 seconds remaining in the game, but there were a few reasons the Mavs lost this one. Here are a few.
The Dallas Mavericks find themselves in an unfamiliar place this postseason. They lost Game 1 for the first time and they trail a series for the first time, too.
Give Miami all the credit for this win. There are a lot of things Dallas did wrong, but Miami scored at opportunistic times. The officiating was overall consistent. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade had huge moments down the stretch. Dallas had their chances and kept it close for most of the game, but were just outmatched by two great players.
Here were five keys to tonight’s outcome:
I cannot believe what I just saw.
When Kevin Durant hit a three to put the Thunder up 99-84 with 5:05 left in the game, I really thought the Mavs were done. They were fighting and hanging in there most of the game, but that felt like a dagger.
I was wrong.
The Mavs went on to finish the game on a 28-6 run including overtime. Dirk Nowitzki scored 12 points down the stretch including two ice-cold free throws to tie the game, even with the Thunder making their towel boys mop up a spilled drink for about two minutes. Collison was mugging Dirk on every possession, yet he still somehow managed to find a way to make the ball go into the basket.
Jason Kidd and Shawn Marion put on a clinic on the defensive end, including a clutch block of Durant’s three point attempt by The Matrix. They frustrated KD and made him take shots from spots on the floor that he didn’t want to be.
Jason Terry had a less-than-stellar performance (0-4 FG in the 4th), but he scored as many points in overtime as the entire Thunder team (4). But if the last two rounds against Portland and LA are any indicator, he should come up huge in Game 5 against the Thunder. He has averaged 27 points in close out games this postseason.
Game 5 is Wednesday in Dallas. The biggest question left is not if the Mavs will close out this series, but when it will happen.
Game 3 was completely lopsided in free-throw attempts, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the refs were bad. Sometimes one team just forces the issue more and winds up at the line.
It’s really difficult for someone who is pulling for one team or another to keep an objective view, so to get a better breakdown of game 3′s officiating take a look at this video from RefCalls.com.
In a pivotal game 3, the defense of the Dallas Mavericks finally showed up in this series. In the previous two games, the Mavericks allowed OKC to average 109 points on 51% shooting. That was not the story tonight. Dallas held the Thunder to 36.5% shooting overall and 5.9% 3PFG (1-17). The only shots OKC was hitting were the ones from the free throw line.
So what else was the story of this game? Here’s a six-pack of stats for you to enjoy.
Tonight is game 2 of the Western Conference Finals between the Dallas Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Dallas comes into the game with home-court advantage and a 1-0 lead they have no interest in relinquishing. The young Thunder no doubt feel a sense of urgency and desperation as they would like to avoid digging themselves out of an 0-2 hole.
So, what do the Mavericks need to have happen tonight to come out victorious once more? Here are three keys: