I could read that title for days…and I may never come out of this haze.
The Dallas Mavericks entered game 6 with a 3-2 lead in the series and a chance to take home the Larry O’Brien Trophy. I knew that this Mavs team would step on their throats in game 6, knowing that the savvy veteran laden Mavs wanted to have to play a game 7 in Miami. Everyone was eagerly awaiting the start of this game. The City of Dallas was on edge with past results buried in the back of everyone’s head. Many fans including myself “wouldn’t let themselves go there in their head”. Mavs fans have been conditioned to never look ahead while on the journey. The Mavs brought the intensity that was needed for game 6. It was also the first time that the Mavs had a chance to play since the video of Wade and Lebron mocking Dirk’s illness from game 3. The video surfaced on Friday morning and there was not a single comment from anyone except the big German. Dirk called it “childish…and ignorant”, and instructed his teammates to not react through the media; it was his issue to deal with. The best response would be to win it all. The Mavs knew that the title was within reach now and their opportunity would not be squandered. Dirk struggled in the first half, going just 1-12 shooting. A confident and hot shooting Jason Terry helped with the offensive effort for the Mavs. The first half had some crazy runs on both sides, causing the defensive theme from early in the series another night off. The offensive game played right into the Mavs hands and to the strengths of the squad. Carlisle coached his ass off this series and there has to be something said about that. Barea in the starting lineup again for game 6 gave the Mavs good balance in the rotation. Barea is now 3-0 as a NBA Finals starter…and a free agent come July 1. He will be getting paid handsomely soon by someone. Anyways, it really was another game of most of the same. For the Heat it was a familiar sight as well. Wade picked up some of the scoring, Bosh played decent and that James fella was pretty much MIA again. The Mavs rose as the Heat sunk late. I think that the situation of game 6 showed a little more to me that James has some mental weakness and some glaring weaknesses in his game as well. The Mavs salted it away late with clutch plays down the stretch, a consistent theme these playoffs for the Mavs.
I could go on about detail of the game, but why.
THE DALLAS MAVERICKS ARE THE 2011 NBA CHAMPIONS!
On July 8th of last year Lebron was on my TV announcing his “talents” or “disappearing act” were headed to Miami. (oh, and for the record I have always been a Lebron fan, Have a Cavs jersey and some other stuff… But I def lost respect for him a lot in these finals. I almost don’t feel right even being a fan of his now) I then told fiancé and roommate that the Mavs would win the NBA title this year…over the Miami Heat…4 games to 2. To me it just felt like it was destiny. (I will always believe that we got screwed out of the 2006 Finals) Matching up against the Heat gave me the same feeling when Texas was matched up against USC in the 2005 Rose Bowl. Honestly, it gave me chills when it was set that the Mavs and Heat would play for it all. USC was stacked and had 2 Heisman winners in their backfield, while Texas was a team around Vince Young. And VY was so good that the rest of the Horns were overlooked. Winning any championship feels amazing, but it meant so much more and felt so much better to beat that USC team. Same goes for beating this Heat team.
Oh, and early in the season a trip to Vegas was made. I got the Mavs to win it all at 8-1 odds….Mavs Championship party in Vegas is being planned right now.
MFFL. Rowdy Proud & Loud.
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.