Monday May 30, 2011
The moment has arrived! The NBA Finals are upon us! The matchup is set as the Miami Heat take on the Dallas Mavericks in a rematch from the 2006 NBA Finals bout. The Heat won that championship, but these are two different teams since then. Let’s take a look at how both teams got here and what they need to do to win.
The Miami Heat was in a state of flux. Dywane Wade was a free agent and free to sing with whatever team he wanted. He chose to stay and got help along the way. He recruited Chris Bosh to be the power forward. That move swayed LeBron James away from Cleveland to sign with them. A new Big Three was born, and over time, they became a force to be reckoned with. These three superstars had one goal: an NBA Championship. They finished the season as the NBA Eastern Conference Southeast Championships and the number two seed in the Eastern bracket. They beat Philadelphia in the 1st round, Boston in the semifinals and Chicago to win the East. Now, they are one round closer to their goal.
The Dallas Mavericks was also entering a turning point. They also could have seen their star player Dirk Nowitzki sign elsewhere. Their luck did not run out as Nowitzki resigned with them. The Mavericks were good as the season progressed. Yet, they were not the best team in their division. Theywere overlooked by many because of their season. That, as their postseason demonstrated, proved to be a big mistake. Dallas finished second in the southwest division but obtained the third seed in the Western Conference. They beat the Blazers in the 1st round, swept the Lakers in the semifinals and beat the Thunder to tame the West. Now, only one team stands in their way.
Miami needs to win, they want to win, and they are desperate to win again. They are the better team of the two with a mixture of players who have won before and players who have not. Despite which team is better on paper, that statement does not make them the most dangerous. The most dangerous team is led by a man who should be the most dangerous player on the court: Dirk Nowitzki. He lost already to Miami and Wade in 2006. Nowitzki needs this victory more than the Heat combined. Will he lead the Mavericks to victory, or will the new big three achieve their goal? We’ll have to watch to find out.
P.S. If you want to take a look back before the season started, click on https://sebastiantsu.wordpress.com/2010/07/12/early-christmas-nba-free-agency/. This was the beginning of one of the most intriguing seasons yet.
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