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Dirk’s eating a hard boiled egg in the club? YES!
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Dirk’s eating a hard boiled egg in the club? YES!

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Dirk reminds us where he ranks in our weekly NBAO’s Dude Rankings.
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Dirk reminds us where he ranks in our weekly NBAO’s Dude Rankings.

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Dirk & Tyson - TAKE THAT WITHCHU!

Wish they played this during the trophy presentation last night. 

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Drink, you glorious German, DRINK! 
After Dirk put this bottle away, he finished off Miami’s milkshake. 
Most all of these photos that have taken over your tumblr feed come via Jeff Wade.
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Drink, you glorious German, DRINK! 

After Dirk put this bottle away, he finished off Miami’s milkshake

Most all of these photos that have taken over your tumblr feed come via Jeff Wade.

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Dirk is the first hipster to win an NBA Finals MVP
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Dirk is the first hipster to win an NBA Finals MVP

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Game 5 Recap and Game 6 Preview: Giving Credit To Tyson Chandler. 
Tyson Chandler’s lone career accolade thus far has been making the NBA’s All-Defensive 2nd Team, which he accomplished this season. Throughout the course of his career, Tyson has played on four teams since getting drafted #2 overall in 2001. Along the way, his work has often gone unheralded or credited to the brilliance of teammates. I believe it’s time that we dole out some real credit to Chandler and the defensive intensity he’s delivered, regardless of the team and role he’s played for. 
When he played for New Orleans, the Hornets won 56 games and finished one game out of winning the West. Since they traded Chandler away, they haven’t won more than 49 games and haven’t advanced past the first round. When Chandler arrived in Charlotte, the Bobcats made their first ever playoff appearance. Then Michael Jordan dumped Tyson’s salary for the same amount of salary in a move that makes as much sense as Jordan’s taste in fashion. 
Dallas was the new team ready for Tyson’s defensive influence. For years, Dallas was labeled as a team with the propensity to choke. Most of their shortcoming came due to the fact that Dallas was a jump shooting team and relying on the inconsistent skill of scoring to win games can be disastrous — ask Mike D’Antoni and his Phoenix teams. 
Enter Tyson Chandler. 
His defense has been contagious and has allowed Dallas the ability to switch in and out of zone defense which has brought about staggering results for Dallas. Tyson’s ability to roam the middle and essentially act as an automatic double team on any superstar has been vital to Dallas’ drive towards the franchise’s first Larry O’Brein trophy. 
In Games 4 & 5, I watched how Tyson would rotate over in the key as the pass to LeBron James or Dwyane Wade was still in flight. The wall that he forms has been a deterrent for Miami, preventing them from driving into the key. On pick’n’rolls, Chandler has been able to flash onto the ball handler, preventing them from turning the corner and even forcing them to retreat back towards mid-court. This isn’t Mario Chalmers and Mike Bibby that Tyson is having to switch out on, this is LeBron and Wade we are talking about. Two of the most lethal perimeter players in the NBA. Two guys have never been stopped from getting to the rim yet this one mortal man has been able to do it. 
Never has Chandler’s effort as palpable as it was in the clutch moments of Game 5 when he stepped up to stop a Dwyane Wade drive to the basket. Wade dumped the ball of to LeBron, who was driving along the baseline from the corner. As LeBron got to the rack, he was met by none other than Tyson Chandler. LeBron went up, drew contact and his the layup. But the whistle wouldn’t be favorable for LeBron, much like it hasn’t gone his way all series. Chandler had drawn the charge and Dallas would go on to clinch game 5. 
So here we are, 5 games into the NBA Finals and Dallas leads 3-2 because they’ve been able to come up with huge stops late in games and no one deserves more credit or praise for that than Tyson Chandler. 
LeBron, on the other hand, has received ALL of the media’s attention. Justified or not, LeBron has been a bigger story line than the games themselves. For the first time since Michael Jordan, the NBA has a truly transcendent figure to market. I won’t draw any conclusions on whether this is a good or bad thing but it is now a thing. 
LeBron might be the only player in NBA history to drop a triple-double and have that game labeled as a bad game. TWICE! So let’s be clear here, LeBron had a “B” game. Nothing spectacular but not putrid either. In the fourth he had just two points and that’s what people are killing him over but LeBron also had 4 assists, 3 rebounds and a crucial block (which wasn’t credited as a block) on a Shawn Marion fast break which kept Miami in the game. 
Miami’s issue has been figuring out how to keep Wade and LeBron involved at the same time. According to ESPN Stats, LeBron was 4 for 6 with Wade out of the game and 4 for 13 with Wade in. Most of this is because the main ball handler is typically taking a pick and the other superstar is tucking themselves away in the furthest corner possible. When Wade and LeBron ran Pick’n’Rolls together, Dallas sent three defenders at them, putting two on the ball handler and having the third rotate over from the corner player to shadow the picker. This has giving Dallas time to recover without allowing the drive and gives Miami two bad options, a long shot or a though cross court pass to the opposite corner over a very tall Chandler or Marion. This defense has worked perfectly for Dallas. 
Now for my eight factors to Game 6.
1. No Rebounds, No Rings - Dallas got murdered on the glass again, but that’s part of their defensive strategy. Much like the Boston Celtics did this year, Dallas doesn’t put much effort into rebounds unless they are within reach. This allows them to get back on defense and setup quickly despite having an aging core that log heavy minutes. I don’t see this changing for game 6 considering how well Dallas’ defensive strategy has worked thus far. 
2. J.J. Barea - Mike Bibby should never play basketball again. He can’t defend, pass or shoot anymore. With that said, J.J. had his best game in Game 5, going for 17 points, 5 assists on 6 of 11 shooting including 4 of 5 from deep. Perhaps it’s time for Miami to play Chalmers every time J.J. is in the game. Mario, on the other hand, was also brilliant for Miami and should have played more than just 23 minutes, in which he logged 15 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists a steal and just 1 turnover. Speaking of turnovers…
3. Turnovers - Miami had 16 turnovers to Dallas’ 11. Dallas had 14 fast break points to Miami’s 11. Miami has to get out and run but, more importantly, they have to take care of the ball on their end. LeBron, Wade and Bosh had 4 turnovers each. That’s inexcusable. 
4. Odd Lineups - It almost seems like the magic of inserting Haslem and Miller is gone for Miami. In fact the only good lineup change that happened in game 5 was Wade getting hurt. It gave LeBron free reign during which he went 4 for 6 from the field and Miami outscored Dallas by 1 point. If you haven’t figured it out by now, this isn’t a good thing. Miami shouldn’t be worse with better players on the court and this responsibility falls on their head coach. He’s got to figure it out. For Dallas, they seem unstoppable when both JJ and Terry are feeling it. Ask the Lakers. 
5. Chandler, Marion and Cardinal - Cardinal? YES! Dallas even ran two plays for Brian. Have no fear, Dallas fans, Haywood is active for game 6. As for the other two, they have been brilliant on defense and Chandler has been key on Pick’n’Rolls on offense, giving Dallas a safety valve as he rolls to the basket, much like his days with Chris Paul in New Orleans. 
6. Like A Bosh - A stat that explains everything, via Zach Lowe of SI.com: Chris Bosh is averaging 0.53 points per possession on post-ups in this series, compared to 0.88 regular season. Again, Tyson Chandler deserves so much more credit than he is getting. Chris Bosh has been worse than LeBron, a lot worse. We just won’t grill him as much because LeBron’s been putrid. Another reason Chris wanted to come to Miami, he can stay out of the limelight when he plays bad. Chris needs to step it up and play at least a “B” game for Miami to win a ring.
7. Getting Dirk’d On - This play is pretty much all I need to show you:




Dirk is leap-frogging NBA legends left and right during these Finals. He went from a possible top 30 player to a solid top 20. Then he made another jump, becoming the third power forward that gets us to ask “Karl Malone and Charles Barkley who?” 
8. Free Throws - The free throw game was about even in game 5 and the refs haven’t been as bad as we all expected. In fact, that questionable call on LeBron might have actually been a great call. Part of the reason that a 3-point shooting team like Dallas is staying even (or even shooting more FTs) is because of the great defense Dallas has played. Once again, a nod to Tyson Chandler. 

Pivotal Game 6 is tonight, 8:00PM EST on ABC. Tune in to see if LeBron can go for 50 and still get criticized. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter. 
@Suga_Shane

Game 5 Recap and Game 6 Preview: Giving Credit To Tyson Chandler. 

Tyson Chandler’s lone career accolade thus far has been making the NBA’s All-Defensive 2nd Team, which he accomplished this season. Throughout the course of his career, Tyson has played on four teams since getting drafted #2 overall in 2001. Along the way, his work has often gone unheralded or credited to the brilliance of teammates. I believe it’s time that we dole out some real credit to Chandler and the defensive intensity he’s delivered, regardless of the team and role he’s played for. 

When he played for New Orleans, the Hornets won 56 games and finished one game out of winning the West. Since they traded Chandler away, they haven’t won more than 49 games and haven’t advanced past the first round. When Chandler arrived in Charlotte, the Bobcats made their first ever playoff appearance. Then Michael Jordan dumped Tyson’s salary for the same amount of salary in a move that makes as much sense as Jordan’s taste in fashion. 

Dallas was the new team ready for Tyson’s defensive influence. For years, Dallas was labeled as a team with the propensity to choke. Most of their shortcoming came due to the fact that Dallas was a jump shooting team and relying on the inconsistent skill of scoring to win games can be disastrous — ask Mike D’Antoni and his Phoenix teams. 

Enter Tyson Chandler. 

His defense has been contagious and has allowed Dallas the ability to switch in and out of zone defense which has brought about staggering results for Dallas. Tyson’s ability to roam the middle and essentially act as an automatic double team on any superstar has been vital to Dallas’ drive towards the franchise’s first Larry O’Brein trophy. 

In Games 4 & 5, I watched how Tyson would rotate over in the key as the pass to LeBron James or Dwyane Wade was still in flight. The wall that he forms has been a deterrent for Miami, preventing them from driving into the key. On pick’n’rolls, Chandler has been able to flash onto the ball handler, preventing them from turning the corner and even forcing them to retreat back towards mid-court. This isn’t Mario Chalmers and Mike Bibby that Tyson is having to switch out on, this is LeBron and Wade we are talking about. Two of the most lethal perimeter players in the NBA. Two guys have never been stopped from getting to the rim yet this one mortal man has been able to do it. 

Never has Chandler’s effort as palpable as it was in the clutch moments of Game 5 when he stepped up to stop a Dwyane Wade drive to the basket. Wade dumped the ball of to LeBron, who was driving along the baseline from the corner. As LeBron got to the rack, he was met by none other than Tyson Chandler. LeBron went up, drew contact and his the layup. But the whistle wouldn’t be favorable for LeBron, much like it hasn’t gone his way all series. Chandler had drawn the charge and Dallas would go on to clinch game 5. 

So here we are, 5 games into the NBA Finals and Dallas leads 3-2 because they’ve been able to come up with huge stops late in games and no one deserves more credit or praise for that than Tyson Chandler. 

LeBron, on the other hand, has received ALL of the media’s attention. Justified or not, LeBron has been a bigger story line than the games themselves. For the first time since Michael Jordan, the NBA has a truly transcendent figure to market. I won’t draw any conclusions on whether this is a good or bad thing but it is now a thing. 

LeBron might be the only player in NBA history to drop a triple-double and have that game labeled as a bad game. TWICE! So let’s be clear here, LeBron had a “B” game. Nothing spectacular but not putrid either. In the fourth he had just two points and that’s what people are killing him over but LeBron also had 4 assists, 3 rebounds and a crucial block (which wasn’t credited as a block) on a Shawn Marion fast break which kept Miami in the game. 

Miami’s issue has been figuring out how to keep Wade and LeBron involved at the same time. According to ESPN Stats, LeBron was 4 for 6 with Wade out of the game and 4 for 13 with Wade in. Most of this is because the main ball handler is typically taking a pick and the other superstar is tucking themselves away in the furthest corner possible. When Wade and LeBron ran Pick’n’Rolls together, Dallas sent three defenders at them, putting two on the ball handler and having the third rotate over from the corner player to shadow the picker. This has giving Dallas time to recover without allowing the drive and gives Miami two bad options, a long shot or a though cross court pass to the opposite corner over a very tall Chandler or Marion. This defense has worked perfectly for Dallas. 

Now for my eight factors to Game 6.

1. No Rebounds, No Rings - Dallas got murdered on the glass again, but that’s part of their defensive strategy. Much like the Boston Celtics did this year, Dallas doesn’t put much effort into rebounds unless they are within reach. This allows them to get back on defense and setup quickly despite having an aging core that log heavy minutes. I don’t see this changing for game 6 considering how well Dallas’ defensive strategy has worked thus far. 

2. J.J. Barea - Mike Bibby should never play basketball again. He can’t defend, pass or shoot anymore. With that said, J.J. had his best game in Game 5, going for 17 points, 5 assists on 6 of 11 shooting including 4 of 5 from deep. Perhaps it’s time for Miami to play Chalmers every time J.J. is in the game. Mario, on the other hand, was also brilliant for Miami and should have played more than just 23 minutes, in which he logged 15 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists a steal and just 1 turnover. Speaking of turnovers…

3. Turnovers - Miami had 16 turnovers to Dallas’ 11. Dallas had 14 fast break points to Miami’s 11. Miami has to get out and run but, more importantly, they have to take care of the ball on their end. LeBron, Wade and Bosh had 4 turnovers each. That’s inexcusable. 

4. Odd Lineups - It almost seems like the magic of inserting Haslem and Miller is gone for Miami. In fact the only good lineup change that happened in game 5 was Wade getting hurt. It gave LeBron free reign during which he went 4 for 6 from the field and Miami outscored Dallas by 1 point. If you haven’t figured it out by now, this isn’t a good thing. Miami shouldn’t be worse with better players on the court and this responsibility falls on their head coach. He’s got to figure it out. For Dallas, they seem unstoppable when both JJ and Terry are feeling it. Ask the Lakers. 

5. Chandler, Marion and Cardinal - Cardinal? YES! Dallas even ran two plays for Brian. Have no fear, Dallas fans, Haywood is active for game 6. As for the other two, they have been brilliant on defense and Chandler has been key on Pick’n’Rolls on offense, giving Dallas a safety valve as he rolls to the basket, much like his days with Chris Paul in New Orleans. 

6. Like A Bosh - A stat that explains everything, via Zach Lowe of SI.com: Chris Bosh is averaging 0.53 points per possession on post-ups in this series, compared to 0.88 regular season. Again, Tyson Chandler deserves so much more credit than he is getting. Chris Bosh has been worse than LeBron, a lot worse. We just won’t grill him as much because LeBron’s been putrid. Another reason Chris wanted to come to Miami, he can stay out of the limelight when he plays bad. Chris needs to step it up and play at least a “B” game for Miami to win a ring.

7. Getting Dirk’d On - This play is pretty much all I need to show you:

Dirk is leap-frogging NBA legends left and right during these Finals. He went from a possible top 30 player to a solid top 20. Then he made another jump, becoming the third power forward that gets us to ask “Karl Malone and Charles Barkley who?” 

8. Free Throws - The free throw game was about even in game 5 and the refs haven’t been as bad as we all expected. In fact, that questionable call on LeBron might have actually been a great call. Part of the reason that a 3-point shooting team like Dallas is staying even (or even shooting more FTs) is because of the great defense Dallas has played. Once again, a nod to Tyson Chandler. 

Pivotal Game 6 is tonight, 8:00PM EST on ABC. Tune in to see if LeBron can go for 50 and still get criticized. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter

@Suga_Shane

I just thought it was a little childish, you know? A little ignorant. I’ve been in this league for 13 years. I never faked an injury or an illness before. But it happened, it’s over to me. It’s not going to add anything extra to me. This is the NBA Finals. If you need an extra motivation you have a problem.
— Dirk

Dirk Nowitzki channels the spirit of Purvis Short with an insane rainbow three-pointer.

This is why they play Mavericks games in the American Airlines Center and not Cowboys Stadium, because that shot would have caromed off the scoreboard.

"LeBron, tell me how my ass tastes."

"LeBron, tell me how my ass tastes."

LeBron, LOST and the NBA Finals. Game 4 recap and Game 5 preview. 
It’s all about LeBron James. Tonight, tomorrow, and everyday there is basketball until LeBron calls it quits. It always has been and it will always be like that. Wade can go for 60 tonight and we will still talk about how well or how awful LeBron played. That’s because LeBron James is the best player in basketball and we want and need him to play that way. 
If the NBA were a television show it would have to be J.J. Abrams’s LOST. David Stern would easily be Jacob, making all the rules and never having to be held accountable. Kobe would probably be John Locke, so ambitious at first only to die and return as a ruthless leader. Dirk would have to be Swayer, cool, savvy and those long blonde locks. The NBA title would be Kate, the girl everyone is after yet only one will win over. 
And LeBron? Well, I haven’t figured that one out yet. I’m stuck somewhere between Jack Shephard or The Island. They both sort of make perfect sense. The Island is this mysterious entity which has mythical powers. No one understands the Island and so little of it is refined. And every so often, the Island can vanish into thin air. 
Or perhaps, LeBron is more like Jack Shephard. The central figure of our show from the day he arrived. Willing to sacrifice his own well being to help others survive and succeed. Yet we aren’t sure if Jack has what it takes to lead the survivors. Jack’s not even sure if he has what it takes. Jack falters quite a bit before he becomes the hero. Jack’s final lesson is that he didn’t have to be a perfect leader or even one that took all the right actions. He just had to be one that took action. 
That’s what LeBron needs to learn if Miami wants to win this series. When things look bleak, LeBron can’t run to the baseline and hide. He can’t cloak himself by consistently walking into double teams. He can’t be passive and pretend he’s passing. That’s not facilitating, that’s self-deprecating. 
If LeBron doesn’t play like LeBron, nothing else will matter. Not the analysis, not the stats, not the Finals or the MVP. Love him or hate him, you know that the only thing that matters and the only thing that’s mattered since June 26th, 2003 has been whether or not LeBron James can one day become a basketball immortal. 
A quick rundown of Game 4 will tell you just how important a player LeBron is. Miami out rebounded Dallas, 44 to 41 including more offensive rebounds, 15 to 12. Miami was more efficient from the field, shooting 42.7% to Dallas’ 39.7%. Miami had less turnovers (13 to 11) and more assists (19 to 13) all while netting more steals (8 to 7) and blocks (5 to 2).The only real difference in this game was Free Throws, where Dallas, 24 of 30, killed Miami, who was 17 of 24.
If LeBron, who took only 11 shots in this game, goes to the hole 5 more times, I think Miami wins the free throw battle and most likely the game. It’s all about his effort and aggression right now. There were to jarring plays that I remember clearly that told me all I need to know about this game.
The first was a breakaway dunk by James during which he looked more than bored. In fact, it looked like he didn’t even want to dunk the ball. He begrudgingly leaped into the air and half-heartedly stuffed the ball through the rim. his facial expression looked as if he wished someone ran out on the break with him just so he can pass the ball off. 
The second came when LeBron dumped the ball off to a high-post on the elbow (I believe it was Udonis Haslem) and then took a beautiful cut to the basket. For no understandable reason at all, Dallas doubled the post and left LeBron streaking wide open to the rim. Haslem found James on the cut with a beautiful pass and then nothing else made sense. LeBron, who’s about 6’9”, 285 pounds and has a 45” vertical, decided not to dunk the ball. In fact, he didn’t even really attempt the layup, either. If anything, Miami was lucky that Dallas, who immediately regretted doubling off of James, attacked an idle James and fouled him one another half-hearted shot attempt. 
As for Dirk and Wade, who have both played at supernatural levels were no different in this game. Wade was everywhere on both sides of the ball and came up with some keep blocks to keep Miami in the game. Dirk, who was playing with a 101 degree fever, 21 points and 11 rebounds, including the game clinching lay-in at the end. You know, just typical Dirk stuff. 
Now for the nerdy portion of this post, the Eight Factors: 
1. No Rebounds, No Rings - Miami edged out Dallas last night but still lost. I don’t really think that can happen again for Dallas, who will need to control the boards if they want to control their own destiny. 
2. J.J. Barea - The little man got his first Finals start, went 3 for 9 and netted 8 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds. Not a bad box score but he had a +/- of -7 for the game and missed a number of good looks at the rim. I’m guessing that Rick Carlisle, who’s been coaching the lights out in the playoffs, will be starting J.J. again since it worked out last game. Barea needs to convert those lay-ups that he creates with his speed or else he’s just useless out there. 
3. Turnovers - Remember when Jason Kidd was one of the best point guards to ever play? How does 0 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds, 4 turnovers in 38 minutes sound? Kidd was a +12 for the game, highest of any player, so there is that. I know Kidd has been putting in a lot of good defensive minutes, especially on LeBron, but he has to be more careful with the rock. Miami did have a slight edge in fastbreak points, and this was without LeBron focused in. 
4. Odd Lineups - This matters not if LeBron decides to “check out" of the game. I like how Dallas countered with starting JJ and not playing Peja more that 15 seconds. For those of you keeping count, Mike Bibby might be the worst basketball player on the planet yet he still starts and logs 15 to 20 minutes a game. Come on, Spoelstra!
5. Chandler, Marion, Haywood - Miami outscored Dallas in the paint 40 to 38. It’s a slight advantage on paper that seems a lot bigger when you realize that LeBron didn’t attack the rim. Dallas is going to have to turn Wade into a jump shooter the same way they have done to LeBron. Put a small defender on him and dare him to drive only to have Chandler or Marion rotate over early and cut of the drive before it gets clsoe to the paint. 
6. Like A Bosh - I don’t care to talk about Bosh much but I heard Jon Barry on the Jim Rome show this morning assert that there 20 other guys that can do what Bosh does. He then went on to name all one of them.
I’m sure there are guys who can do what Bosh does, sort of. What Bosh does regularly, sure, a lot of guys average the same stats. but what Bosh can do and what he has done? I don’t think there are more than five guys who can do what Chris has done. See, Bosh was one of the 10 best players in the game just 12 months ago and it’s silly to pretend he wasn’t just because he moved to South Beach. For a guy who averaged 25 and 12 to take a limited role and still put up All-Star worthy numbers and to still be ready to perform like a #2 or even a #1 on some nights (see Chicago series) is almost unheard of. Kevin Garnett comes to mind, maybe Lamar Odom. That’s about it. I don’t think people realize the value of sacrificing and yet being ready to perform. 
With that said, Bosh is going to have to play better than he has in these finals. His shooting is off and his rebounding can improve. Especially if LeBron continues to sturggle. 
7. Getting Dirk’d On - Dirk is one glorious specimen. The gutsy performance in Game 4 should cement his legacy in the NBA history books. i asked this question before and it seemed silly but I think it’s appropriate to ask again; If Miami wins the NBA Finals, should Dirk still win the MVP trophy? I think so. he’s been that damn good. Can’t really ask for him to do anything more. Okay, maybe he can take more shots. Especially those off-balance-one-legged-bank shots. 
8. Free Throws - I thought free throws would have a larger influence on who won the games. So far, it’s been a toss up. The team that’s taken more free throws is 1 and 3 and the team that’s made more free throws is 2 and 2. Maybe I should change this factor to be the LeBron-effort factor because so far, his lack of drives to the rim are the reason Dallas has been able to edge Miami in free throw shooting and attempts. 
Pivotal Game 5 is tonight, 9:00PM EST on ABC. Tune in to see if Jack Shephard can get the Miami Heat off Dallas Island with a winand don’t forget to follow us on Twitter. 
 
@Suga_Shane

LeBron, LOST and the NBA Finals. Game 4 recap and Game 5 preview. 

It’s all about LeBron James. Tonight, tomorrow, and everyday there is basketball until LeBron calls it quits. It always has been and it will always be like that. Wade can go for 60 tonight and we will still talk about how well or how awful LeBron played. That’s because LeBron James is the best player in basketball and we want and need him to play that way. 

If the NBA were a television show it would have to be J.J. Abrams’s LOST. David Stern would easily be Jacob, making all the rules and never having to be held accountable. Kobe would probably be John Locke, so ambitious at first only to die and return as a ruthless leader. Dirk would have to be Swayer, cool, savvy and those long blonde locks. The NBA title would be Kate, the girl everyone is after yet only one will win over. 

And LeBron? Well, I haven’t figured that one out yet. I’m stuck somewhere between Jack Shephard or The Island. They both sort of make perfect sense. The Island is this mysterious entity which has mythical powers. No one understands the Island and so little of it is refined. And every so often, the Island can vanish into thin air. 

Or perhaps, LeBron is more like Jack Shephard. The central figure of our show from the day he arrived. Willing to sacrifice his own well being to help others survive and succeed. Yet we aren’t sure if Jack has what it takes to lead the survivors. Jack’s not even sure if he has what it takes. Jack falters quite a bit before he becomes the hero. Jack’s final lesson is that he didn’t have to be a perfect leader or even one that took all the right actions. He just had to be one that took action. 

That’s what LeBron needs to learn if Miami wants to win this series. When things look bleak, LeBron can’t run to the baseline and hide. He can’t cloak himself by consistently walking into double teams. He can’t be passive and pretend he’s passing. That’s not facilitating, that’s self-deprecating. 

If LeBron doesn’t play like LeBron, nothing else will matter. Not the analysis, not the stats, not the Finals or the MVP. Love him or hate him, you know that the only thing that matters and the only thing that’s mattered since June 26th, 2003 has been whether or not LeBron James can one day become a basketball immortal. 

A quick rundown of Game 4 will tell you just how important a player LeBron is. Miami out rebounded Dallas, 44 to 41 including more offensive rebounds, 15 to 12. Miami was more efficient from the field, shooting 42.7% to Dallas’ 39.7%. Miami had less turnovers (13 to 11) and more assists (19 to 13) all while netting more steals (8 to 7) and blocks (5 to 2).The only real difference in this game was Free Throws, where Dallas, 24 of 30, killed Miami, who was 17 of 24.

If LeBron, who took only 11 shots in this game, goes to the hole 5 more times, I think Miami wins the free throw battle and most likely the game. It’s all about his effort and aggression right now. There were to jarring plays that I remember clearly that told me all I need to know about this game.

The first was a breakaway dunk by James during which he looked more than bored. In fact, it looked like he didn’t even want to dunk the ball. He begrudgingly leaped into the air and half-heartedly stuffed the ball through the rim. his facial expression looked as if he wished someone ran out on the break with him just so he can pass the ball off. 

The second came when LeBron dumped the ball off to a high-post on the elbow (I believe it was Udonis Haslem) and then took a beautiful cut to the basket. For no understandable reason at all, Dallas doubled the post and left LeBron streaking wide open to the rim. Haslem found James on the cut with a beautiful pass and then nothing else made sense. LeBron, who’s about 6’9”, 285 pounds and has a 45” vertical, decided not to dunk the ball. In fact, he didn’t even really attempt the layup, either. If anything, Miami was lucky that Dallas, who immediately regretted doubling off of James, attacked an idle James and fouled him one another half-hearted shot attempt. 

As for Dirk and Wade, who have both played at supernatural levels were no different in this game. Wade was everywhere on both sides of the ball and came up with some keep blocks to keep Miami in the game. Dirk, who was playing with a 101 degree fever, 21 points and 11 rebounds, including the game clinching lay-in at the end. You know, just typical Dirk stuff. 

Now for the nerdy portion of this post, the Eight Factors: 

1. No Rebounds, No Rings - Miami edged out Dallas last night but still lost. I don’t really think that can happen again for Dallas, who will need to control the boards if they want to control their own destiny. 

2. J.J. Barea - The little man got his first Finals start, went 3 for 9 and netted 8 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds. Not a bad box score but he had a +/- of -7 for the game and missed a number of good looks at the rim. I’m guessing that Rick Carlisle, who’s been coaching the lights out in the playoffs, will be starting J.J. again since it worked out last game. Barea needs to convert those lay-ups that he creates with his speed or else he’s just useless out there. 

3. Turnovers - Remember when Jason Kidd was one of the best point guards to ever play? How does 0 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds, 4 turnovers in 38 minutes sound? Kidd was a +12 for the game, highest of any player, so there is that. I know Kidd has been putting in a lot of good defensive minutes, especially on LeBron, but he has to be more careful with the rock. Miami did have a slight edge in fastbreak points, and this was without LeBron focused in. 

4. Odd Lineups - This matters not if LeBron decides to “check out" of the game. I like how Dallas countered with starting JJ and not playing Peja more that 15 seconds. For those of you keeping count, Mike Bibby might be the worst basketball player on the planet yet he still starts and logs 15 to 20 minutes a game. Come on, Spoelstra!

5. Chandler, Marion, Haywood - Miami outscored Dallas in the paint 40 to 38. It’s a slight advantage on paper that seems a lot bigger when you realize that LeBron didn’t attack the rim. Dallas is going to have to turn Wade into a jump shooter the same way they have done to LeBron. Put a small defender on him and dare him to drive only to have Chandler or Marion rotate over early and cut of the drive before it gets clsoe to the paint. 

6. Like A Bosh - I don’t care to talk about Bosh much but I heard Jon Barry on the Jim Rome show this morning assert that there 20 other guys that can do what Bosh does. He then went on to name all one of them.

I’m sure there are guys who can do what Bosh does, sort of. What Bosh does regularly, sure, a lot of guys average the same stats. but what Bosh can do and what he has done? I don’t think there are more than five guys who can do what Chris has done. See, Bosh was one of the 10 best players in the game just 12 months ago and it’s silly to pretend he wasn’t just because he moved to South Beach. For a guy who averaged 25 and 12 to take a limited role and still put up All-Star worthy numbers and to still be ready to perform like a #2 or even a #1 on some nights (see Chicago series) is almost unheard of. Kevin Garnett comes to mind, maybe Lamar Odom. That’s about it. I don’t think people realize the value of sacrificing and yet being ready to perform. 

With that said, Bosh is going to have to play better than he has in these finals. His shooting is off and his rebounding can improve. Especially if LeBron continues to sturggle. 

7. Getting Dirk’d On - Dirk is one glorious specimen. The gutsy performance in Game 4 should cement his legacy in the NBA history books. i asked this question before and it seemed silly but I think it’s appropriate to ask again; If Miami wins the NBA Finals, should Dirk still win the MVP trophy? I think so. he’s been that damn good. Can’t really ask for him to do anything more. Okay, maybe he can take more shots. Especially those off-balance-one-legged-bank shots. 

8. Free Throws - I thought free throws would have a larger influence on who won the games. So far, it’s been a toss up. The team that’s taken more free throws is 1 and 3 and the team that’s made more free throws is 2 and 2. Maybe I should change this factor to be the LeBron-effort factor because so far, his lack of drives to the rim are the reason Dallas has been able to edge Miami in free throw shooting and attempts. 

Pivotal Game 5 is tonight, 9:00PM EST on ABC. Tune in to see if Jack Shephard can get the Miami Heat off Dallas Island with a winand don’t forget to follow us on Twitter

@Suga_Shane

Dirk: ”There. The man with the skin of a snake. Laughing. He comes for me.”
Guy DWade Blocked: “Dirk, I keep telling you bro. You’re sick, man. Seeing stuff.”

Dirk: "No, no he has no blood— him and his snakes. They want to lift me off by pyre, over the river Styx."

Guy DWade Blocked: "You’re pointing at Jimmy Goldstein, Dirk. Stop it. I think he sees us."

Dirk: "Domo arigato."

Guy DWade Blocked: ”Wha?”
Dirk: “Styx”
—SlapClap

Dirk: ”There. The man with the skin of a snake. Laughing. He comes for me.”

Guy DWade Blocked: “Dirk, I keep telling you bro. You’re sick, man. Seeing stuff.”

Dirk: "No, no he has no blood— him and his snakes. They want to lift me off by pyre, over the river Styx."

Guy DWade Blocked: "You’re pointing at Jimmy Goldstein, Dirk. Stop it. I think he sees us."

Dirk: "Domo arigato."

Guy DWade Blocked: Wha?

Dirk:Styx

SlapClap

falsefacts:

Dirk Nowitzki received his basketball skills from a powerful German sorcerer.
Only 8 days left to pre-order the first False Facts book. 

(h/t hardlikealgebra)

falsefacts:

Dirk Nowitzki received his basketball skills from a powerful German sorcerer.

Only 8 days left to pre-order the first False Facts book.

(h/t hardlikealgebra)

Game 3 Recap and Game 4 Preview: Where Dwayne Wade Happens
Dwyane Wade and LeBron James are on the same team. It’s still hard for some to fathom. Not the fact that they are playing together but the fact that they are the top two players in the NBA.
Lurking all season in the shadow of a 6’9”, 280 pound monster named LeBron is the second scariest force in the NBA. Wade is so good that sometimes his 6’3” frame eclipses the large and more imposing LeBron James. 
Let’s be clear for a moment, LeBron hasn’t been bad, he just hasn’t been LeBron. His numbers are very good for anyone else, people have just been “spoiled” to the point that they expect better. He’s averaging 20.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 6 assists on 51.1% shooting in the finals. He also carried Miami through the three previous series while Wade was sleepwalking. Dwyane Wade has finally woken up. And he’s hungry. Starving, even. He’s momentarily become the best player on the planet, averaging an unreal 29.7 points, 8.7 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.7 blocks, 1.3 steals on 56.7% shooting in the Finals. 
I’m not sure why people find it to be an issue when Wade outplays LeBron in a game. It is, after all, Dwyane Wade. For some of us, this is a phenomenal ”problem” to have. For others, it’s nothing more than gasoline to help drive their LeBron James book burning. I think the issue for some folks doesn’t stem from their disdain for LeBron as much as it highlights, as Kelly Dwyer pointed out last night, how underrated Wade has been for his entire career. 
Dwyane Wade is the 2nd best player in basketball, and on some nights, he’s the best player in the world. That’s what makes this Miami team so lethal. It’s a combination so good that it drove LeBron to torch his own legacy to be a part of. I’m surprised that more people can’t comprehend the fact that it’s okay for LeBron to deffer to Dwyane. Did Shaq and Kobe not share the spotlight to three rings? Didn’t Kareem and Magic both win Finals MVPs? Didn’t Tony Parker hoist up his own Bill Russell Trophy as Tim Duncan was crowned with his 4th title?
These things happen because great TEAMS win titles. And great teams are littered with great talent. That’s how they get this far and that’s how they win. And last night we saw exactly why the majority of NBA fans despised this Miami trio. On any given night, anyone of the Big 3 can light you up. You don’t know who and you don’t know how, but you know for damn sure it’s going to happen. 
I called Wade winning the Finals MVP coming into to this series for one reason, match-ups. LeBron has to deal with Shawn Marion, the best 1-on-1 defender Dallas has, while Wade is going at a 38-year old Jason Kidd and a 6’1” Jason Terry. Who do you think has the advantage here? Maybe we should applaud LeBron for having the basketball I.Q. to not force the action. The man is doing the exact opposite of what we grill Kobe Bryant for, he is facilitating his teams entire offense and leading them on defense, yet, for some reason, we find a problem with this. As J.A. Adande wrote today, “LeBron is in a no-win situation”. We want him to be Jordan, when he is more Magic. We want him to win rings, but we want him to be selfish in doing so. But we hate how selfish he is off the court. With Miami up 2-1, I wonder what the knock will be on LeBron if they do win the title. “LeBron let Wade lift the Larry O’Brien trophy first”? 
Oh, by the way, some All-Star named Chris Bosh hit the game winner for Miami last night. Unfair? C’est la vie. 
But enough about Miami, let’s get into a little Dirk-speak. The Big German almost did it again. 34 points and 11 rebounds might not be enough for this Dallas team. He’s going to have to drop a cool 40 every night for Dallas to have a chance. JJ is over matched and the Jet seems to be gassed. Shawn Marion is the x-factor and the guy that most teams double off of but he has to deal with LeBron’s recovery speed, which has been unreal, and the weary legs of covering that very same freak of nature on the other end of the court. 
Spoelstra made some very good adjustments in this game after I burned him at the steak for his unwillingness to coach the final 7 minutes of Game 2. No series is over until it’s over but the winner of Game 3 when the series was tied 1-1 has won the title 11 times out of 11 series. That’s a staggering number and while historic stats don’t tell the whole story, Miami can go ahead with a little reassurance. The game of basketball is about match-ups and adjustments. Miami will always have the match-up war won because they will always have 3 of the best 4 players on the court. Now it’s on Spoelstra to make the proper adjustments to get this team in a position to win. 
Let’s take a look at the Eight Factors of this game and how each team will need to adjust going forward.  
1. No Rebounds, No Rings - Miami got outworked on the glass for the second straight game. I have to fault Chris Bosh for this one as much as I have to credit Dallas’ team effort. Bosh is averaging a puny 6.7 rebounds a game. Some of it comes from the nature of his playing style and some of it is due to how aggressive and menacing Dallas is in the paint. Chandler and Haywood have been bruisers all playoffs and they haven’t toned it down one bit for the Finals but for Dallas, rebounding has become a team effort. Last night Dirk and Kidd stepped in to help Tyson control the boards. Dirk, who has always been knocked for not rebounding enough, collected 11 rebounds and it’s that rebounding effort that helped Dallas stay in this game until the end. 
2. J.J. Barea - I know he’s tiny in stature, but Dallas has to find him and quickly. Maybe they need to get him in the game when Bibby will have to guard him because Mario Chalmers has outplayed JJ on both ends of the court. Dallas can’t play Peja and JJ has been a non-factor so all Dallas has left on the bench is Terry. Last night Terry struggled too. Things are looking bleek if Dallas’ bench, who player starter like minutes, can’t find their groove. 
3. Turnovers - Dallas had 18 assists in Game 3 and 14 turnovers. Miami, in contrast, had 20 assists and 10 turnovers. But turnovers from Dallas are more costly than those by Miami because, as Rick Carlisle, Miami turns turnovers into dunks at an amazing pace. Of course they do, they have LeBron and Wade shooting the passing lanes then throwing each other ally-oops. It’s a guaranteed highlight every single time. Kidd has to do a better job taking care of the ball. 
4. Odd Lineups - Miami went with a little more conventional lineup to end Game 3, with Mario Chalmers playing for Mike Miller. By design, this position isn’t based on size, it’s simply designated to be a 3-point shooter and for this game, Mario was the one who couldn’t miss.
Spoelstra also made an obvious adjustment in Game 3 which he should have made in Game 2, he put Udonis Haslem on Dirk to close the game out. through out the game, Dirk was seeing a combination of Joel Anthony and Haslem. Joel did a good job, even blocked Dirk’s unblock-able fadaway, but it was UD that earned the right to defend Dirk in the clutch and defend he did. Dirk ended the game with an ugly turnover and a missed fadaway at the buzzer. Here’s the thing, Udonis is keeping Dirk to just 39% shooting. Everyone else has allowed Dirk to hit at a rate of 50%. I don’t think Miami will use Bosh on Dirk again. 
If Haslem is the one guarding Dirk for the last few minutes of Game 2, do the Heat lead this series 3 games to none? It’s something to ponder. 
5. Chandler, Marion, Haywood - Chandler was as great as he can be with a fully operational Dwyane Wade zooming around the hardwood. The issue for Dallas was that Haywood is out with an injury and Shawn Marion is struggling on offense. Although, Marion has done a good job of focusing his efforts on defending LeBron. but again, none of this matters when Wade is playing at 100% effectiveness. He can get to the cup at will and last night he did that. Miami outscored Dallas in the paint 40 to 22.
Many might find that to be odd, especially since Miami’s only big man who can score prefers 17-foot jumpers. They forget that drives and dunks are also points in the paint and Miami has a duo that are the best in the league at finishing at the rim. 
6. Like A Bosh - Chris Bosh absolutely stunk for the third straight game. But he hit the game winner. So like a Bosh to do such a thing. 
7. Getting Dirk’d On - Or perhaps, Miami isn’t getting Dirk’d enough. Dirk took 21 shots in this game and while that’s above his regular season and playoff averages of 16 and 18 respectively, it’s nights like this that Dirk has to carry a heavier load. If his teammates, who can be streaky shooters, aren’t going to hit their shots, Dirk’s going to have to take closer to 25 or 30 field goal attempts in a game. 
I don’t think anyone would have a problem with that, especially if Dallas wins the game. 
8. Free Throws - Miami is still far behind Dallas in free throw attempts in this series and I don’t think they are going to catch them. LeBron, who is crowned with more superstar calls than anyone I’ve seen in a long time, has had just 10 free throws in 3 Finals games. Some of it has to do with LeBron taking and making a lot of long jumpers. But LeBron just isn’t getting the calls in this series and it’s obvious, sometimes blatantly obvious. But that’s not here or there, both teams can’t change that or adjust for it. You live by what the officials call, or in this case, don’t call. 
For Game 4, I can see Dallas coming out motivated and desperate with a fired up Dallas crowd behind them. Game 3 was a very close game, as has this series, and I don’t see that changing for Game 4.
We can expect Miami to be a little complacent considering they just won back home court advantage and have a respectable 2-1 series lead. But I expect a different outcome. I bet LeBron is going to take the idiotic question and article from some condescending reporter and use them to burn Dallas with a Wade-esque performance of his own. 
Game 4 is Tuesday, 9:00PM EST on ABC. Tune in and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter. 
@Suga_Shane

Game 3 Recap and Game 4 Preview: Where Dwayne Wade Happens

Dwyane Wade and LeBron James are on the same team. It’s still hard for some to fathom. Not the fact that they are playing together but the fact that they are the top two players in the NBA.

Lurking all season in the shadow of a 6’9”, 280 pound monster named LeBron is the second scariest force in the NBA. Wade is so good that sometimes his 6’3” frame eclipses the large and more imposing LeBron James. 

Let’s be clear for a moment, LeBron hasn’t been bad, he just hasn’t been LeBron. His numbers are very good for anyone else, people have just been “spoiled” to the point that they expect better. He’s averaging 20.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 6 assists on 51.1% shooting in the finals. He also carried Miami through the three previous series while Wade was sleepwalking. Dwyane Wade has finally woken up. And he’s hungry. Starving, even. He’s momentarily become the best player on the planet, averaging an unreal 29.7 points, 8.7 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.7 blocks, 1.3 steals on 56.7% shooting in the Finals. 

I’m not sure why people find it to be an issue when Wade outplays LeBron in a game. It is, after all, Dwyane Wade. For some of us, this is a phenomenal ”problem” to have. For others, it’s nothing more than gasoline to help drive their LeBron James book burning. I think the issue for some folks doesn’t stem from their disdain for LeBron as much as it highlights, as Kelly Dwyer pointed out last night, how underrated Wade has been for his entire career. 

Dwyane Wade is the 2nd best player in basketball, and on some nights, he’s the best player in the world. That’s what makes this Miami team so lethal. It’s a combination so good that it drove LeBron to torch his own legacy to be a part of. I’m surprised that more people can’t comprehend the fact that it’s okay for LeBron to deffer to Dwyane. Did Shaq and Kobe not share the spotlight to three rings? Didn’t Kareem and Magic both win Finals MVPs? Didn’t Tony Parker hoist up his own Bill Russell Trophy as Tim Duncan was crowned with his 4th title?

These things happen because great TEAMS win titles. And great teams are littered with great talent. That’s how they get this far and that’s how they win. And last night we saw exactly why the majority of NBA fans despised this Miami trio. On any given night, anyone of the Big 3 can light you up. You don’t know who and you don’t know how, but you know for damn sure it’s going to happen. 

I called Wade winning the Finals MVP coming into to this series for one reason, match-ups. LeBron has to deal with Shawn Marion, the best 1-on-1 defender Dallas has, while Wade is going at a 38-year old Jason Kidd and a 6’1” Jason Terry. Who do you think has the advantage here? Maybe we should applaud LeBron for having the basketball I.Q. to not force the action. The man is doing the exact opposite of what we grill Kobe Bryant for, he is facilitating his teams entire offense and leading them on defense, yet, for some reason, we find a problem with this. As J.A. Adande wrote today, “LeBron is in a no-win situation”. We want him to be Jordan, when he is more Magic. We want him to win rings, but we want him to be selfish in doing so. But we hate how selfish he is off the court. With Miami up 2-1, I wonder what the knock will be on LeBron if they do win the title. “LeBron let Wade lift the Larry O’Brien trophy first”? 

Oh, by the way, some All-Star named Chris Bosh hit the game winner for Miami last night. Unfair? C’est la vie. 

But enough about Miami, let’s get into a little Dirk-speak. The Big German almost did it again. 34 points and 11 rebounds might not be enough for this Dallas team. He’s going to have to drop a cool 40 every night for Dallas to have a chance. JJ is over matched and the Jet seems to be gassed. Shawn Marion is the x-factor and the guy that most teams double off of but he has to deal with LeBron’s recovery speed, which has been unreal, and the weary legs of covering that very same freak of nature on the other end of the court. 

Spoelstra made some very good adjustments in this game after I burned him at the steak for his unwillingness to coach the final 7 minutes of Game 2. No series is over until it’s over but the winner of Game 3 when the series was tied 1-1 has won the title 11 times out of 11 series. That’s a staggering number and while historic stats don’t tell the whole story, Miami can go ahead with a little reassurance. The game of basketball is about match-ups and adjustments. Miami will always have the match-up war won because they will always have 3 of the best 4 players on the court. Now it’s on Spoelstra to make the proper adjustments to get this team in a position to win. 

Let’s take a look at the Eight Factors of this game and how each team will need to adjust going forward.  

1. No Rebounds, No Rings - Miami got outworked on the glass for the second straight game. I have to fault Chris Bosh for this one as much as I have to credit Dallas’ team effort. Bosh is averaging a puny 6.7 rebounds a game. Some of it comes from the nature of his playing style and some of it is due to how aggressive and menacing Dallas is in the paint. Chandler and Haywood have been bruisers all playoffs and they haven’t toned it down one bit for the Finals but for Dallas, rebounding has become a team effort. Last night Dirk and Kidd stepped in to help Tyson control the boards. Dirk, who has always been knocked for not rebounding enough, collected 11 rebounds and it’s that rebounding effort that helped Dallas stay in this game until the end. 

2. J.J. Barea - I know he’s tiny in stature, but Dallas has to find him and quickly. Maybe they need to get him in the game when Bibby will have to guard him because Mario Chalmers has outplayed JJ on both ends of the court. Dallas can’t play Peja and JJ has been a non-factor so all Dallas has left on the bench is Terry. Last night Terry struggled too. Things are looking bleek if Dallas’ bench, who player starter like minutes, can’t find their groove. 

3. Turnovers - Dallas had 18 assists in Game 3 and 14 turnovers. Miami, in contrast, had 20 assists and 10 turnovers. But turnovers from Dallas are more costly than those by Miami because, as Rick Carlisle, Miami turns turnovers into dunks at an amazing pace. Of course they do, they have LeBron and Wade shooting the passing lanes then throwing each other ally-oops. It’s a guaranteed highlight every single time. Kidd has to do a better job taking care of the ball. 

4. Odd Lineups - Miami went with a little more conventional lineup to end Game 3, with Mario Chalmers playing for Mike Miller. By design, this position isn’t based on size, it’s simply designated to be a 3-point shooter and for this game, Mario was the one who couldn’t miss.

Spoelstra also made an obvious adjustment in Game 3 which he should have made in Game 2, he put Udonis Haslem on Dirk to close the game out. through out the game, Dirk was seeing a combination of Joel Anthony and Haslem. Joel did a good job, even blocked Dirk’s unblock-able fadaway, but it was UD that earned the right to defend Dirk in the clutch and defend he did. Dirk ended the game with an ugly turnover and a missed fadaway at the buzzer. Here’s the thing, Udonis is keeping Dirk to just 39% shooting. Everyone else has allowed Dirk to hit at a rate of 50%. I don’t think Miami will use Bosh on Dirk again. 

If Haslem is the one guarding Dirk for the last few minutes of Game 2, do the Heat lead this series 3 games to none? It’s something to ponder. 

5. Chandler, Marion, Haywood - Chandler was as great as he can be with a fully operational Dwyane Wade zooming around the hardwood. The issue for Dallas was that Haywood is out with an injury and Shawn Marion is struggling on offense. Although, Marion has done a good job of focusing his efforts on defending LeBron. but again, none of this matters when Wade is playing at 100% effectiveness. He can get to the cup at will and last night he did that. Miami outscored Dallas in the paint 40 to 22.

Many might find that to be odd, especially since Miami’s only big man who can score prefers 17-foot jumpers. They forget that drives and dunks are also points in the paint and Miami has a duo that are the best in the league at finishing at the rim. 

6. Like A Bosh - Chris Bosh absolutely stunk for the third straight game. But he hit the game winner. So like a Bosh to do such a thing. 

7. Getting Dirk’d On - Or perhaps, Miami isn’t getting Dirk’d enough. Dirk took 21 shots in this game and while that’s above his regular season and playoff averages of 16 and 18 respectively, it’s nights like this that Dirk has to carry a heavier load. If his teammates, who can be streaky shooters, aren’t going to hit their shots, Dirk’s going to have to take closer to 25 or 30 field goal attempts in a game. 

I don’t think anyone would have a problem with that, especially if Dallas wins the game. 

8. Free Throws - Miami is still far behind Dallas in free throw attempts in this series and I don’t think they are going to catch them. LeBron, who is crowned with more superstar calls than anyone I’ve seen in a long time, has had just 10 free throws in 3 Finals games. Some of it has to do with LeBron taking and making a lot of long jumpers. But LeBron just isn’t getting the calls in this series and it’s obvious, sometimes blatantly obvious. But that’s not here or there, both teams can’t change that or adjust for it. You live by what the officials call, or in this case, don’t call. 

For Game 4, I can see Dallas coming out motivated and desperate with a fired up Dallas crowd behind them. Game 3 was a very close game, as has this series, and I don’t see that changing for Game 4.

We can expect Miami to be a little complacent considering they just won back home court advantage and have a respectable 2-1 series lead. But I expect a different outcome. I bet LeBron is going to take the idiotic question and article from some condescending reporter and use them to burn Dallas with a Wade-esque performance of his own. 

Game 4 is Tuesday, 9:00PM EST on ABC. Tune in and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter

@Suga_Shane

In case you were wondering, yes, Dirk is a real German. 
Dallas might have wasted another beautiful game from Dirk tonight. Zee German went off for 34 points, 11 rebounds and chipped in 3 blocks to boot. 
Maybe Dirk has to go for 40 a night. Or maybe his teammates need to step up. I’m looking at you Jason Terry (5 for 13) and Shawn Marion (4 for 12). 
@Suga_Shane

In case you were wondering, yes, Dirk is a real German

Dallas might have wasted another beautiful game from Dirk tonight. Zee German went off for 34 points, 11 rebounds and chipped in 3 blocks to boot. 

Maybe Dirk has to go for 40 a night. Or maybe his teammates need to step up. I’m looking at you Jason Terry (5 for 13) and Shawn Marion (4 for 12). 

@Suga_Shane

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