Game one of the NBA Finals was not a great one if you are a Mavs fan. But the Mavs had previously won each game one in each of their previous series and this is also the first time that the Mavs have trailed in a series this postseason so we got a little spoiled. But it’s also not concerning to me nor should it be. The Mavs have to deal with exactly what they thought they would. A very athletic defensive minded team that has become the Heat over the course of the playoffs. So I don’t think that there are any coaching mind games to play nor major adjustments to be made over the course of this series in order to ensure success, just simply stated, play better than your opponent. However, little adjustments are always made. Dallas has had much of its offensive success, outside of Dirk, due to their outstanding ball movement. Dallas has been able to find open shooters many times hitting uncontested shots as a result. The Heat have the big three, as they call them, and Bosh is often underappreciated because of the star power he plays with. They are very quick to recover, rotate and closeout on defense. Better than any team that the Mavs have faced up to this point, and probably in the league for that matter. The Mavs must take their ball movement on offense up even another notch. Having more space to shoot will improve their percentage. But easier said than done. I think this should help all of the offense, bench included. The Mavs must also rebound the ball better. They gave too many second chance opportunities to Miami, not to mention that that cuts down on the number of offensive possessions of the Mavs. Chandler only hauled in 4 boards. I am sure that he will not have another game like that. Part of the problem was due to the zone defense implemented by Carlisle, used in order to keep Wade and James from getting to the rim. It is hard to get a body on a man to box out at times when in a zone due to the fact that you are primarily defending an area and not a man. Not all can be attributed to the zone though. The Mavs must just get in there and mix it up a little getting on the glass.
One setback that the Mavs faced came late in the 4th quarter when Dirk reached in to strip and tore a tendon in his finger. Dirk did finish the game a stated that it was not a problem. It is on his non shooting hand but he will wear a splint on it for the remainder of the Finals. Dirk does like to drive with his left hand it will be interesting to see how it affects him, if it does at all.
I know that Carlisle will make adjustments where needed. The team will follow stride. Jason kidd already put the blame for the offensive woes on him for game 1. So you know that his head will be right for game 2.
Round one is over and done.
I am ready to watch round two of this fight. Game 2. Thursday night.
About the Author
Written by Andy R Strom
I was born in Dallas, TX and raised in the suburb of Coppell, TX. I grew up eating and breathing sports. I "buy local" when it comes to my teams, Mavs, Cowboys, Rangers, Stars, Longhorns. I am 28 years old and currently live in Wisconsin where I graduated college from the Univerisy of Wisonsin Whitewater with a degree in health, human performance and recreation with a minor in coaching. I still follow my teams just as much now as when I am living back in Texas, they're just a little harder to see in person now. However, I follow all major sports and teams and love a good debate.