Mavs are Down 2-1 in The NBA Finals Because They're Playing 1 vs. 3

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For the Miami Heat, Chris Bosh hit a clutch jumper in Game 3. Dwyane Wade scored 39 points in Game 2. And LeBron James made the big-time 3-pointers in Game 1.

For the Mavericks in the NBA Finals, it's Dirk...or defeat.

In last night's kick-to-the-crotch 88-86 loss in American Airlines Center, Dirk Nowitzki wasn't perfect. To start the second half he missed a jumper and then loafed back on defense, allowing Heat center Joel Anthony a layup. And on Dallas' final three possessions he passed to Jason Terry, hurled a turnover in the general direction of Shawn Marion and, of course, back-rimmed the game-tying Flamingo Fadeaway at the buzzer.

The Mavs are down 2-1 because they're playing 3 on 1.

While the Heat are getting production from various stars -- shoot, even Mario Chalmers had four 3-pointers -- Dirk sits all alone on desperation island. How do-or-die is Dirk?

In Game 3 he scored Dallas' final 12 points, with no other Maverick contributing a point the final 6:47. Same in Game 2, when he scored the Mavs' final nine points in the last three minutes.

Oh Robin, where art thou?

Truth be told, Dallas' second-best player is sitting behind the bench in a suit, nervously chomping gum. Goes by the name of Caron Butler.

Without a consistent secondary option, Dirk's play is even further magnified. His layup won Game 2. His missed jumper lost Game 3.

After Jason Terry front-rimmed a contested corner 3-pointer from a Nowitzki pass with still 11 seconds on the shot clock in the final minute of a tie game last night, Dirk shouted to no one in particular and hit himself in the head as if to say "No, stupid. Trust no one!"

To win this series the Mavs need dominant Dirk, not deferential Dirk. Because I think it's obvious he's not going to get much help. Terry is shooting 38 percent. J.J. Barea has had games of 1-of-8 and 2-of-8 in Dallas' losses. And remember Peja Stojakovic? Me neither.

According to ESPN, Nowitzki touched the ball on 40 of Dallas' 85 Game 3 possessions. When he was involved the Mavs shot 51 percent, scored 51 points and committed four tunovers, When he wasn't, the Mavs shot 29 percent, scored 35 points and committed 10 turnovers.

Dirk is the best player in Mavericks history. A no-brainer Hall of Famer. Last night he produced 34 points and 11 rebounds, the first player to go for 30-plus against Miami this postseason.

But it's becoming glaringly apparent that he can't beat the Heat all by himself.


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Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

Assuming the Mavs are capable of playing well enough to beat the Heat on any given night, from a purely mathematical standpoint, we still have a 37.5% chance of winning this series. 

gofuhcureself
gofuhcureself

To all the cHeat fans, read my name. Thank you

I absolutely despise Dwyane Wade. By the way, what the fuck? Could his mom not spell? Dwayne not DWYane stupid fuckers.

Everything points to the Mavs losing this series to the most hated team on the planet. I hope they can pull off the unprecedented, but hope is fading.

Mavs-no championshipsRangers-no championshipsStars-1 Stanley Cup 11 years agoCowboys-no Super Bowl for 16 years and counting

Are we turning into Cleveland around here? Losing in the World Series and the NBA Finals within a year of each other will be/is fucking torture. Losing in the NBA Finals twice in 5 years to that piece of shit DWade and the cHeat? Fucking c'mon Mavs goddammit. Don't let this happen. Don't let this chance for immortality pass you by.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Don't these Miami fans need to go buy new gold chains or something rather than try to be badasses on here?

Mjames16
Mjames16

Dallas Mav are a bunch of     p u s s i e s  like their owner and their fans. Same whinning as 2006 Miami beat the refs and the sorry mavs. When your owner is a   p u s s y  your team and fans will be p u s s i e s   jijiji     GO HEAT 

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

Two thoughts: I suppose it was inevitable in our winning-is-all-that-matters sports universe that some people would applaud players conspiring to get on the same team together just to win a championship. Personally I think it devalues the accomplishment. Jordan was great because he didn't need to make a secret deal with Magic to stack the deck. He did it with the team he had. So take your steroids and stack your teams outside the system. Neither one impresses me in the slightest. As far as I'm concerned, LeBron ain't show me shit. 

Thought number 2: You're either a silly little jet on your silly little runway with your little wings sticking out, or you're a professional basketball player making a lot of money. If you're the latter, now is the time to prove it. If you can't, I don't want to see that stupid little jet on the runway again. 

David Swinney
David Swinney

"His missed jumper lost Game 3." Seriously? They lost because of Dirk? Unbelievable.

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

"His layup won Game 2. His missed jumper lost Game 3."

Thanks, I forgot.

P1 Josh
P1 Josh

So, Dirk can't win a best-of-seven series by himself??? Shocking revelation Richie.  Such a hack.

Guesty
Guesty

"By the way, what the fuck? Could his mom not spell? Dwayne not DWYane stupid fuckers."

Remember Anfernee Hardaway? You know damn well his momma thought she was naming him Anthony. 

MoronDog
MoronDog

Did this guy go to RW School of Journalism? 

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

You're allowed to say "pussy" without spacing out the letters.

Rrodolfo
Rrodolfo

All that gibberish you just babbled means nothing the Heat are still winning, stop finding excuses that make you feel better at the end of the day.

Em
Em

Can't wait to see Jet overcompensate for his crappy shooting this series by going 5 for 20 and jacking up all kinds of ill-advised shots to try to help. To me, a huge factor has been the non-factor of Barea, who was huge in previous series. When he's hitting 5-6 shots a game, the Mavs win.

JMart
JMart

If I may interject, I think he's talking about how magnified Dirk's play has been in this series because there is no second star on the Mavs.  So the perception is that it was because of him that they won game 2 and because of him that they won game 3.  As we all know, however, perception isn't always reality. 

It's so sad, I actually like Dirk a lot, and I want him to win a ring.  But I'm a HEAT fan first and foremost - always have been and always will be - and Miami just about has this wrapped up.  Go HEAT!

Guesty
Guesty

I think you mean 'the cHeat'

Richie's egomania
Richie's egomania

Since you are a big fan of gigantic D-bags might I sugggest a radio show that is just as douchey, RAGE afternoons 2-7 on 105.3 the Fail.

JMart
JMart

Why are they D-bags?  What did the Miami HEAT organization do wrong?

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