BASIC FUNDAMENTALS. HEART. Many have forgotten these and have instead opted for those highlight reel plays that seem to make a player intimidating and unbeatable. The kind of plays you see on any console games and are very entertaining to watch. Alas, these kind of plays don’t win championships. You’ve seen it before during the World Basketball and Olympics, and you’ve seen it again here on the 2011 NBA Finals. Dallas Mavericks displayed yet another splendid performance, showing to us that basketball is won by team plays, and through the basics of the game and of course playing with heart not by those razzle dazzle, behind the back, crossover, alley-hoop moves, and individual kind of plays. Remember the Spurs’ back to basics kind of game? They’ve won many titles because of that brand of play.
The Mavs played it plain and simple all throughout, thanks to the veteran smarts of Jason Kidd and Dirk’s shooting in the end. Also defense had won it for them, and the Jet’s (Jason Terry) breakaway game. Even though Dirk may not found his rhythm at most parts of the game, the team carried him over, and had stepped up big time. It’s a total team effort. In the end the veterans prevailed over the younger and stronger Miami.
Miami seemed to lose its steam, and couldn’t find the “heat”. D-Wayde played his usual monster game, but Lebron, he was nowhere to be found. LBJ may be on the court but his presence was hardly felt. For the record, I was rooting for Miami in the series because I’m a fan of Lebron and I was waiting for him to explode and play his level 4 super saiyan, XBOX/PS3 mode, monster game, his A-game ’cause Wade’s already having his own A-game and when both played with same level, it’s a win-win for them but unfortunately it didn’t happen and only got disappointed with the stuffs he showed. It’s very un-Lebron kind of game I’ve seen. Here’s some of the things I’ve noticed, first, he trash talks a lot, but in the past games, and this one, from 1st-4th quarter, he was quiet, and only did a loud move one minute left, with Mavs having secured a good lead. Another was instead of driving it hard to the basket, he opted to shoot it on the outside, passed a lot even if the Mavs had checked it off already, resulting in a lot of turnovers. Well he could break down the defense anytime, and you know LBJ, he shoots a lot, but at the latter games, he was shy and seemed to be not his usual self. Did he choke? Hmm, that’s the big question mark. He has played in the finals before when he was with the Cavs, and has played a lot of play-off games but his games were not as horrible as this so I don’t think this factor made him play bad. If he choked, I’m pretty sure his game will be like his usual one – drive hard, score more baskets but at crunch time might miss the last second shots. Was he nervous? Could be, but still wondered why he’s not so aggressive like he used to. I think he played with less HEART. One of the key to win championships is to play with heart, and he just didn’t have one there. He should better go to the Philippines and have a lesson with Alvin Patrimonio, the Capt. Lionheart of local basketball, or at least have a session with the Brgy. Ginebra, a team in the PBA known for its never-say-die attitude of the game. That’s why D-Wade had impressed me so much, ’cause he showed a lot of heart in the series.
Anyway there’s another season for them and they can still reach the Finals, any given time, only the competition in the East division next season will be stiff.
As for Dallas, I’m happy for Kidd to win the trophy. Kidd is one of my favorite point guards in the NBA, and after 3 trips to the finals, he finally snatched one! Also to veterans like Dirk, Peja, Shawn, Terry, to their head coach Carlisle, and to their team owner who are also all thirsty to win one after a long wait in their careers.
Congratulations to the Dallas Mavericks, the 2011 NBA Champions and to Dirk Nowitzki for winning the 2011 Finals MVP!