The Miami Heat have been mounting comebacks throughout the playoffs. On Thursday night, the Dallas Mavericks staged a rally of their own. The Mavs, down by 15 halfway through the fourth quarter, went on a 22-5 run to close the game and even the series at 1-1.
For 3 1/2 quarters the Heat seemed to have the game in control. Dwyane Wade was playing like he did in the 2006 Finals, which is to say he was out of his mind. D3 was attacking the paint and finishing at the rim. He finished the game with 36 points, but hardly touched the ball during the final minutes.
LeBron started off the contest very well, but he only wound up with 20 points total for the game. His play at the end was reminiscent of how was playing at the end of games during the regular season. Bron didn’t really attack and wound up taking long threes at the end of the shot clock. Coach Eric Spoelstra said after the game that the team went through their regular late-game sets, but it looked an awful lot like James reverting to his form from earlier this season.
The biggest problem for Miami tonight was the 3pt shot. Their problem wasn’t defending the three, it was taking too many shots from beyond the arc. They finished the game 9-30 from the 3pt line. There is no way that Miami should be taking that many shots from long distance. They win when they get to the free throw line and the only player that was on the line enough was Wade, who went 8-12.
Dallas will host Game 3 on Sunday night and Spoe says the Heat will be ready. Miami has to win at least one game in Texas in order to force the Mavs to come back to South Beach. I wouldn’t be surprised to see DWade go for 30 points again, but I would bet that the Heat doesn’t take even twenty 3pt shots. Miami is a veteran team and they should respond to the Game 2 collapse in a good way. The Dallas crowd, however, will be the most hostile that the team has faced all year. Mav’s fans are the one group that hated the Heat before LeBron ever signed. They have been waiting for revenge for five years since losing the 2006 NBA Finals to Wade and Co. Miami is even better than they were in 2006, but so is Dallas.
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Written by Sean Eckhardt
Univ of Alabama alumni. Born and raised outside Chicago, IL. Currently live in Florida. Some of my favorite teams include the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Heat, and the Florida Panthers. My interests outside of sports include music, outdoor activities, and anything with a motor(cars, bikes, boats, etc...).