2011 NBA WEST FINALS GAME 2 -- Thunder 106, Mavericks 100: My Top 10 Observer-ations

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10. You knew the Thunder wouldn't be content to lose another game of one-on-one with Dirk Nowitzki. They fronted him in the post. They doubled him. They held him to 29 points. Nick Collison, touche. And, you're right, that's something I thought I'd never type.

9. Mavs coach Rick Carlisle is lamenting the Mavs' horrible defense, documenting OKC's 56-percent shooting and 106 points. But, you know what, I didn't think it was that bad. James Harden made some impossible shots and the Thunder -- unlike the maddening finesse finish attempts of Shawn Marion -- attacked the rim. The Thunder possess a ton of individual offensive skill. Hard to imagine -- in Game 6 of the previous series -- the Grizzlies holding them to 29 points ... in a half.

8. Mavs players tell me that one day during practice in their post-Lakers layover Peja Stojakovic made 96 out of 100 3-pointers, including 57 in a row. Impressive. Almost unbelievable. But in this series he's only 3 of 11, including a miss off a set play that could've sliced the deficit to one with nine seconds left.

7. Lamest part of this series? ABC play-by-play man Mike Breen shouting "puts it in!" on a made shot. Puts it in? What the what?! You put out the trash. You put your laundry in the hamper. You put your cigarette out. Simple, mundane tasks. Saying a player "puts" the basketball into the hoop diminishes the act, and the significance of said act. Right Marv "Yessssss!" Albert?

6. Hard to blame Dirk for anything, but he picked a really bad time for his first free-throw miss of the series. After making 39 in a row in these playoffs, he front-rimmed the second of two free throws -- after a crafty (re: traveling) move to keep both feet behind the 3-point line while being fouled -- to leave Dallas down by four instead of three with 36 seconds left. By the way, take a bow if you predicted that through two games Dirk would have more dunks (2) than 3-point attempts (0).

5. Gutsy move by Thunder coach Scotty Brooks leaving emotional, erratic All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook on the bench the entire fourth quarter. Not many coaches would. But, yep, backup Eric Maynor was good enough to coax OKC to the finish line.

4. Kevin Durant's first-quarter dunk over Brendan Heywood was sick. Using the 7-foot defender to climb even higher, his head was almost looking down at the rim as he violently, emphatically threw the ball in. Awesome highlight. Indelible image. But a couple things. The uncharacteristic, unnecessary taunting technical foul that punctuated the play sorta cheapened it. And, while no doubt it awoke OKC from an nine-point deficit, I'm not ready to say it changed a series. And ABC analyst Jeff Van Gundy needs to calm waaaay down: "That has to be the top play in the NBA all year!" Two words: Blake. Griffin.

3. Despite the loss, there's zero reason to panic. Figured it would be a looong series and the Mavs have been the NBA's best road team the last two seasons. We're just getting started.

2. This one's on Jason Terry. He's been great during these playoffs and he had 24 points in Game 1. But last night night he had as many turnovers (3) as field goals (3) and didn't make a single 3-pointer. Plain and simple, OKC's sixth man (23 points) kicked the ass of Dallas' sixth man (eight points) in Game 2. And not only was Terry inept offensively, his stupid foul on Harden's triple that created a four-point play at the end of the third quarter kinda sucked the energy out of AAC. Not as boneheaded as his foul on Lamar Odom's 60-foot heave in the Lakers series, but still ...

1. After the game in the locker room Dirk said "they wanted it more" and Tyson Chandler made this admission: "We came out and took these boys lightly." Shame on the Mavs. And, admit it, you did the same thing.

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Mavs in 6
Mavs in 6

Van Gundy is by far the biggest anal wart in sports reporting.  He was pro-Lakers throughout that series and he's holding nothing back on his love for OKC.  I would give my retirement fund to see a picture of Cuban ass raping Van Shithead with a ball gag.

tw
tw

THANKSYOU!!!! This blog is the first mention I've seen of the blatant traveling violation by Dirk on the 3-point shot he was fouled on. I mean is everybody that desensitized to traveling these days?!?!? 

Just Me
Just Me

"What the What?!?" is a horrible catchphrase.

 

jamal
jamal

JVG doesn't need to calm down.  He needs to stick his head in a woodchipper.  Fucking piece of shit.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

My OBSERVER-ation, we didn't run the same offense as we did in game 1 and the Lakeshow series.   Why was Dirk catching the ball above the free throw line?  Why wasn't he over on the side like he has been for the last two series?  Also, Jet did suck..but where in the Hell was JJ?  Jet is pretty much like Peja, their going to sit down in the corner and spot up...JJ has to get to the lane ..and they backed way off on him.  Good Game OKC, I said Mavs in five...so I have that going for me.  Awesome dunk by the Durantula..I also very much liked the two throwdowns by Chandler.

Scott
Scott

I admit it! I was at a restaurant telling someone from out of town to come back for the Miami series. And,...I never get out ahead of myself.

Abc
Abc

The knuckleheads took over the game.  Should've forced the ball through Dirk more consistently and they would've won the game.

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