1. Heat win, yet LeBron is still criticized. Will everyone just shut up already?
I’m sick and tired of hearing about what LeBron didn’t do in the 4th quarter. Why don’t they talk about what he did do? Everyone continues to focus on the number of points he scores instead of looking at all the aspects of basketball. LeBron affects the game in MORE ways than anyone in the league. Offensively, Dallas has to send some kind of help when LeBron has the ball. Either if it’s a shade or a double-team, you have to scheme for him. If not, he has the abilities to blow right by your defender to the basket. Defensively, LeBron can guard anybody on the court, at anytime. He can win rebounds, block shots, and disrupt the passing-lanes. Whenever he isn’t scoring, he’s doing all the intangibles. People seem to forget that it was LeBron who had dished the rock to Bosh for the game-winner. If he was so worried about droppin’ buckets, he would have stayed in Cleveland.
Everything seems to be a lose,lose for LeBron.
2. Why the hell isn’t Dirk being criticized?
In the final three possessions, Dirk had a chance to tie/win the game, but blew them all. On Dallas’ second-to-last possession, Dirk threw the ball away to the fan sittin’ front-row because of the Miami’s double-team. Then on Miami’s following possession, Dirk got lost behind a Haslem screen allowing Bosh to hit the game winner. Finally on Dallas’ last possession, Dirk had a chance to tie the game with a jumper at the free throw line, but he clanked it off the back-iron. He simply faltered with the game on the line. I don’t care if you scored 30+ in the first three quarters; you have to make the one that counts. You can also defend a little bit better too. At this stage you have to find away to get through screens to the open shooter.
3. Will the “Jet” finally step up in Game 4?
ESPN reported that Dirk called out Terry, saying he hasn’t been “clutch”. He is 100% correct there. Terry has been pretty much ineffective throughout most of this series. Yeah, he got lucky and hit a few buckets, but his shooting percentage has been significantly lower than usual, and he’s been turnover prone. LeBron James has clamped the locks down on Terry in Miami’s two wins.
With LeBron being much stronger and faster than Terry, Rick Carlisle needs to do a better job of moving the “Jet” around before he gets the ball. Set multiple screens for him in order to let LeBron work. I’m sure running off a screen will give Terry a little more breathing room. If executed properly, it should give him the option of driving or spotting-up.
If Terry doesn’t step it up in Game 4, then it’s basically over. He needs to give Dirk some sort of support in the closing minutes. The Mavs have been relying on Dirk too much and it will finally take its toll. Just ask Derrick Rose.
Oh yeah. Terry, you better starting looking for tattoo removal centers…….