As much as it pains me to write this, putting my personal feelings aside, I must congratulate the 2011 NBA Champions, the Dallas Mavericks who defeated the Heat in 6 games, the exact number of games in which the Heat won their 2006 championships over the Mavericks.
Games 2 and 4 big collapses by the Heat came back to haunt them as many, including me, feared. Let this be a lesson to teams. If you cannot close out a playoff game, it could be your undoing.
Big Timely Plays
Jason Terry came alive in both games 5 and 6, making big shots after big shots and making the timely passes. It was impressive to see how well he played. Pesky Barrea also played well in both games, of which he was the starter. Dallas star, Dirk Nowitzki, had a miserable shooting game 6 but hit timely shots, in a game where Dallas made 11 threes, following up on their 13-19 three-point shooting spree in game 5.
What’s next for the Heat?
The Heat, particularly Lebron James, will have a tough off-season. They will, no doubt, second-guess their decisions on and off the court. The media will no doubt continue to ride them even more… The Cleveland owner and fans will rejoice. However, Heat players should be mindful that the on-the-court is what matters the most and they relinquished big leads in a series they dominated up until game 5, when the Mavs demonstrated the shooting prowess that got them to the finals… and eventually won them the championships.
Congratulations to the Dallas Mavericks. A well-deserved series win.