2011 NBA FINALS GAME 2 -- Mavericks Adjustments

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I know he and the Mavericks and even LeBron James are downplaying it, but I'm worried about Dirk Nowitzki's finger entering tonight's Game 2 of the NBA Finals here in Miami.

Just because it'll be different.

"I'll be fine," Dirk says. "It'll be okay."

But he loves to dribble left. He needs two hands to rebound. To catch a pass. To slap-'n-strip on defense. He isn't, in other words, Jim Abbott.

Wednesday Dirk experimented with at least three different tape and/or splint jobs. Who knows what he'll end up with by tonight's tip.

I just hope the detached tendon at the tip of his left middle finger doesn't make a different Dirk a deferential Dirk. He needs to be aggressive and effective and prolific tonight if the Mavs hope to return to Dallas for Sunday's Game 3 with the series 1-1. Seven baskets won't cut it.

Other key factors for Game 2 ...

The Mavs didn't play a lot of zone in Game 1, but when they did it was bad. Mario Chalmers had three 3-pointers and Dallas surrendered 16 offensive rebounds. I know the goal against Miami is to limit penetration and force jump shots. But a more active zone and more efficient rebounding is a must.

Dallas has to believe Game 1 was full of aberrations, including the 32-percent 3-point shooting Heat's 11 made triples. And also the horribly inept performance of its bench, led by Jason Terry and J.J. Barea. Book it: If the Mavs' bench gets outscored by 10 each game in this series they have zero chance of winning.

Barea got to the rim in Game 1, but his high-arcing floaters have to produce points and his drives need to set up teammates with assits. And Terry, whether he's guarded by LeBron or not, has to stay aggressive.

Better rebounding. Hope Miami doesn't make half its 3-pointers. And more points off the bench than the Heat. Do those three and -- Dirk's finger willing -- Dallas can get right back in this thing.

And, for what it's worth, the referees tonight are Ed Malloy, Ken Mauer and Joey Crawford. With them on the floor this season home teams went a combined 72-81.


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9 comments
plak
plak

Anyone home?   Wade almost made that last second 3. These guys are crazy good.....

ThongNCheese
ThongNCheese

The only adjustment they need is to score more points than the Heat. If they do that, they'll win...book it!

Gary
Gary

In new SI interview with Dan Patrick, Dirk says his name is correctly pronounced with a "V", not a W as RW has repeatedly written.  How about an RW adjustment?

MoronDog
MoronDog

Ok, I have defended RW several times in the last week but this post needs a book of "Forever Stamps" to accompany it.  RW clearly mailed in this one.  The South Beach post was interesting with a touch of RW's douchey bragging, but this is a post of rehashed facts with some obvious analysis points.  

On another note, I have an idea for some new local sports talk show.  Would anyone listen to The Mushmouth and Bob Ortegal Show?  Wouldn't it be preferable to anything that 105.3 or 103.3 rolls out?  Wait, that might actually be an awesome show.

Storm_71
Storm_71

"Book it: If the Mavs' bench gets outscored by 10 each game in this series they have zero chance of winning"...............Really ya think?

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

This is the same Dirk who isn't phased by a sprained ankle, or a giant pad on his elbow from having teeth imbedded in him. I'm not going to worry about a splint on his off-hand keeping him from getting 30 tonight.

Terry, Chandler, and either Peja or JJ need to play better for them to win.

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

Of course its pronounced with a 'v'. Hogan's Heroes should have taught us all that.

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

He also thinks we confuse Dirk with Jim Abbott.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

The wheelchair attorney general? Oh, that's Greg Abbott.

The tough, smart lawyer? Wait, that's Jim Addler.

Jim Abbott the 1 1/2 armed pitcher? He did okay for himself. Lebron's receeding hairline will affect him more than Dirk's finger will affect Dirk.

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