One of the things that is lost in all of the boasting by Miami Heat players and (new) fans, and the subsequent hatred that has grown from sports fans throughout the season, is that Dwyane Wade is one brilliant son of a gun. It’s obvious to anyone who has actually looked at the situation of the Big 2 and Chris Bosh teaming up in Miami and not spent five months throwing and breaking things, but here’s the defining quote:
And then he slowly trotted to the other end of the court, pointed to his mother Jolinda in a baseline seat and gave her a hug as many in the crowd roared. He usually blows her a pregame kiss. On Tuesday, that wouldn’t suffice.
“We both said, ‘Here we go. We’re here again. We’re back,’” Wade said. (CBS Sports)
I just feel like we don’t give Wade nearly enough credit for bringing the talent to him so he could win championships in between ripping James for being an egomaniacal robot and calling Bosh an ostrich plush toy. Not to mention, if they stay together for a while and this works out, Wade will always have one more title than James.
Miami Heat 92, Dallas Mavericks 84 (Series: 1-0 MIA)
Shawn Marion is probably in my Bottom 10 of NBA players that I would want to watch on a reality TV series, yet somehow he is filming his own show. I really hope it’s called “Ballin’ on a Budget” and it focuses on how he manages his money during a lockout that was caused by contracts like his. Because that would be at least 10 times more entertaining than watching the Mavericks think they can hang with the Heat and then, like the three teams before them, find out in embarrassing fashion that they can’t.
The Mavs shot 37.3% and took just 67 shots during the entire game, and Dirk Nowitzki was the only guy who seemingly knew how to keep it together against the Heat’s defense. Meanwhile, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle and Jason Terry gave the same old “we missed some chances and we’ll be better” routine. This is Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Heat. There’s no room for error. And if you disagree, well there’s an expert who would tell you otherwise…