2011 NBA FINALS -- Heat 92, Mavericks 84: My Top 10 Observer-ations
10. Mavs spurted 7-0 out of halftime and led 51-43, but somehow trailed 65-61 entering fourth. How's that you ask? Four turnovers and a LeBron James 25-foot fadeaway 3-pointer at the buzzer that makes you just tip your cap.
9. Back in the early '00s the Sacramento Kings were a badass team. Led by Mike Bibby and Peja Stojakovic they almost made The Finals. But tonight they both got in the way, combining for four fouls and seven missed shots with nary a point scored.
8. With the AAA crammed with fans in all white, the NBA Finals looked like a karate convention. Of course, there are also jerseys in the rafters of Dan Marino and -- not making this up -- Michael Jordan. What. The. What?!
7. Let's face it, that wasn't a well-played basketball game. Neither team shot more than 40 percent and lots of in-the-paint misses. Finals jitters? Great defense? Both?
6. What happened to Jason Terry? He didn't score after halftime and finished with only 12 points on 3 of 10 shooting. Maybe he was too worried about bits. Like trophy tattoos. And Heat sleepwear. He needs to be good for the Mavs to be great, and tonight neither was in effect.
5. When the Heat are in The Finals, Miami brings out the big hitters. And who might they be? Jimmy Buffet. Gloria Estefan. Queen Latifah. And Ludacris. Yes, those are ranked worst to first.
4. If the Mavs' bench can't obliterate the Heat's sorry subs, this will be a looong series. Midway through the fourth quarter Mario Chalmers, Mike Miller and the boys had outscored Dallas' strength, 22-17. Recipe for disaster.
3. By the way, rumors and even a "breaking news" story that Dirk got engaged last weekend are bogus. Mavs say no. Yes he has a serious Swedish girlfriend, but as of now she ain't no fiancee. Whew. Would've been curious timing, at best.
2. When LeBron James drives the lane with two minutes left in a playoff game, Dirk and Tyson Chandler can't spectate. What should've been a hard playoff foul was instead James dunking for an 85-75 lead that sealed the deal. Sorry, but that smacked of "soft."
1. This was no doubt the Mavs' worst game of the postseason. Too many offensive rebounds allowed (16). Reserves outscored by Miami's sorry subs (-10). Not a Finals-worthy performance.