2011 NBA FINALS GAME 4 -- Mavericks 86, Heat 83: My Top 10 Observer-ations

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10. Could tell something wasn't right with Dirk Nowitzki early in the second quarter. He didn't look good on the bench. Piqued, even. Towel over head. Two warm-up jackets draped over him. Gulping liquid out of two water bottles. Not involved in coach Rick Carlisle's huddle. Then at half it was confirmed: Fever of 101-102 degrees. Next person who calls him "soft," feel free to pop in the DVD of this one. And then pop them in the kisser.

9. After 12 minutes the Heat had nine offensive rebounds. By my sportswriter's math they were on pace for 36. The price you pay for going small with J.J. Barea. Speaking of, I betcha the Lakers are pissed that now J.J. forgets how to finish at the rim.

8. What was more strange: LeBron James' indifferent performance (8 points), or that mass grave hoax in Hardin?

7. Saw Tony Romo, Jason Witten, Emmitt Smith, Justin Bieber and (I think) Lil Wayne in AAC tonight. And was Kelly Clarkson hot or chunky or both? Give me both.

6. Re: LeBron's first-quarter flop. Somewhere even Vlade Divac and Karl Malone are ashamed at what Miami pulls with their over-dramatization of basketball.

5. I can hate Dwyane Wade all I want, but dang he's a badass. That block of Tyson Chandler's dunk attempt down the stretch was one of the best in NBA Finals history. I'll repeat: He's the best shot-blocking guard in the history of the NBA.

4. Dirk was running on fumes the entire fourth quarter, but the guy can make free throws from his coffin.

3. How fitting that Wade -- the Mavs were going to trap him, right? -- fumbled the ball on Miami's final, futile, fatal possession? In both of Dallas' wins, Wade has wound up sprawled on the floor. And don't tell me, he was begging for a foul at mid-court? And makes the win even a tad sweeter that Wade missed a key free throw. (By the way, Jason Kidd wasn't good tonight but what a savvy play to catch and foul Wade on that late breakaway.) 

2. When Dirk drove and scored on a layup for a three-point lead with 14 seconds remaining, that wasn't basketball. That was guts. That was legendary. It wasn't quite Michael Jordan, NBA Finals Game 5 in Utah in 1997, but Dirk's night was epic. Ten of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and 11 rebounds while feeling like absolute dog shit.

1. You just witnessed the ugliest, yet most important win in Dallas Mavericks history. Wow!

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ThongNCheese
ThongNCheese

RW, keep up with the good Mavs posts. No hate from this hater...for now.

Cowtown
Cowtown

Wade's block of Chandler was a foul, replay showed that he hit his hand near the rim. Contrast that with Dirk's clean strip of Bosh driving the lane that was called a foul. And the Lebron acting job flop in the first half that had Van Gundy's head about to explode. Sometimes the refs have their minds made up before a play even starts.

Bury the Lead
Bury the Lead

There was a certain Maverick with a game high 43 minutes played that had 13 points on over 50% shooting with 16 rebounds (9 offensive) and zero turnovers.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

LeBron's disappearance is more of a story than Dirk's Noquitzness. Dirk at one point missed 10 of 11, LeBron took 11 shots all night. Dirk did some uncharacteristic things like miss wide open 3 pointers, we'll chalk that up to sickness though. I think Terry had an awesome game. If he doesn't step up, the don't win, period. Is it just me, or do LeBron and Wade score 75% of their points, in the paint? Wade is a badass/drama queen, and flops more than Ginobili I can proudly say.

I've never seen a guy have to get helped up more than Wade, like someone shot him or broke his leg, and then the next play or next game he's back to normal.

As much as I would like to see the Heat go down, I just don't think the Mavs can pull it off. If they win tommorrow, obviously that changes my mind but I'm forecasting a huge game from LeBron, turn on the triple double alert.

gofuhcureself
gofuhcureself

Mavs shooters are due for a breakout game still...it happens in game 5.....Mavs win by at least 10. Heat wins game 6 setting up an epic game 7. Wade and Dirk both score 30+ in game 7 and Dirk scores go ahead bucket in game 7 as time expires. Dallas beats Heat by 1 point in game 7 for title.....

What?....

It could happen!     :-)

Rob_Em
Rob_Em

LeBron James can never be as good as Michael Jordan no matter what he does for the rest of his career. Why? Because LeBron disappeared tonight, and Jordan never disappeared. Ever.

And even though Dirk Nowitzki will never be as good as Larry Bird, tonight he had one of those kinds of games. He had the kind of game we will look back and say, "Remember that time Dirk...?" He's had two of those games in these playoffs.

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

Some girls, not all, look better with a little chunk. Kelly Clarkson is one of those that do.

Seriously, RW. Do you go to the post game press conferences? If so, ask Wade why he feels the need to flop all the time. Show some nuts.

Eric Mata
Eric Mata

The Mavs did a good job of not getting down big early in the game. They will need this same production from Dirks supporting cast to win this series.

Guest
Guest

I know they say that it doesn't matter HOW you win as long as you win but DAYUM the Mavs took a while to get going and even then it was down to the wire. I'm not sure who wins at this point but if I had to bet it all I'd have to go with the Heat still. Wade was playing his A game and Bosh was doing his thing but if they'd had Lebron then we wouldn't have gotten this win.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Sometimes in real time and the angle of view a ref blows a call. I'm not saying you're wrong, but this series has been better officiated than most of us were expecting. Matt Harrison got hosed last night by a call of a ball that hit the dirt when it really didn't, which extended an at-bat and cost the Rangers some runs. It happens in all sports.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

I guess since I'm not a Mavs homer, I don't really see what Dirk did as being uber special. That's a sub par game for him, sick or not. I know that's weird to say since he scored 21 points, but to get there was a struggle for him. I'm more impressed by Terry and Chandler, but Dirk did seal it. 

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

That wouldn't be the off season addition that RW meh'ed at the time, would it?

Richie Whitt
Richie Whitt

Agreed. LeGone James is the biggest story line in this series.

Dirks Jail Wife
Dirks Jail Wife

OMG, you actually made rational, clear points-salute'.  Now get back to the checkout stand, breaktime is over!

Rob_Em
Rob_Em

It's nice to see the white man sticking up for the white girl with a few extra pounds.

Guest
Guest

Wade was bad but there was one by Lebron that had me laughing (almost busting a gut) wholeheartedly. 

Richie Whitt
Richie Whitt

Damn that's good. Mind if I borrowsteal it?

Guesty McGuesticus
Guesty McGuesticus

They had LeBron. LeBron is just overrated. If LeBron was all that, he wouldn't need Wade and Bosh to barely squeeze out a championship. Hell, anyone can win a championship with Wade on their team. LeBron is just riding coattails.

Cowtown
Cowtown

Believe me, I give thanks to God everytime I see that Bennett Salvatore or Danny Crawford is not officiating the game. My remark was in reference to RW's awe over Wade's block, which was clearly a foul.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Wow Richie, you're on fire. I haven't heard LeGone James yet. Put that on a tshirt.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

dont back off the mavs in 6 call bro.  It could happen, you dont let Richie backtrack, I aint letting you backtrack either

Joe Rogan
Joe Rogan

why ask? from reading just a sample of your "work" its clear you steal more material than carlos mencia.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I don't think he works for the little Ticket RW, methinks you only borrowsteal from them.

Zackd9
Zackd9

I'm not a Lebron fan, but that's just silly bro. Overrated? No matter what he does he gets criticized. He made sacrifices to be on that squad. There's only one ball. The guy's a GREAT player. Period. That said, go Mavs!!

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Merk, after the midget stole my pick..I changed course.  I re-picked on 5/31's preview post: "Damn it RW, you can't take my pick..dang it boys, I don't know what to do?  Go against the Mavs (most logical, because we all know RW is never right) or change the amount of games..hmmm...Give me Mavs in 7, best series of all time. We win games 1, 3, 5 and 7"

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

My follicle/height/talent challenged friend, Dirks Jail Wife was telling rob_em..that he finally made a good point.  Not you, we're all still waiting on that. 

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

One would think you'd listen to the station that got it right to figure out how to get better. Explains quite a bit. Ticket=organic sports chat, Fan=forced non-chemistry

Richie Whitt
Richie Whitt

If you knew the last time I listened to that station you'd realize how ridiculous those claims are. Answer: Before the Super Bowl.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

What sacrifices? A little bit of contract money? Like he didn't and can't make that up in endorsement money from being on a high profile team now rather than Cleveland. Sacrifices my ass. Pretty sure Wade is fine with Lebron being the man, but Wade's gonna do it if Lebron won't.

Guesty McGuesticus
Guesty McGuesticus

GREAT players can take their teams to championships without feeling like they have to team up with other great players to do it. Wade won a championship with Shaq, but Shaq was well past his prime at that point... Wade won it for them, not Shaq. And Wade and Shaq on the same team was just how it worked out, like Shaq and Kobe in their prime on the same team at the same time. Kobe didn;t get together with Shaq behind the scenes and say, "lets make a secret deal to be on the same team". LeBron is certainly good, but if he wants to be known as GREAT, he'll have to The Man on a team instead of the man looking to team up with other great players outside the system to engineer a team that's practically guaranteed to win championships. GREAT players don't need to cheat the system, they win championships because they're so dominant, not because they go out of their way to surround themselves with other great players so they won't have to worry about playing against them for the title. Dirk could win a championship if he made a secret deal with Dwight Howard and Kobe to hook up together on the Lakers. But he wouldn't be half as great if he did.

Zackd9
Zackd9

and by the way, Wade - also a GREAT player - has been in the league how many years? And he has how many rings? ONE. And he got it with Shaq, Guess he also needs Lebron and Bosh to "barely squeeze out a championship", right?

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