Monday June 13, 2011
The Dallas Mavericks finally won the big one. They beat the Miami Heat last night’s Game 6 in Miami 105-95. They won the NBA Finals 4-2 and won their first championship in franchise history. It is the first championship for many of the hardworking veterans who were vying for the title but seemed to elude their grasps. Players like Jason Kidd, Jason Terry and NBA Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki can now say they won an NBA Championship. Yet, these three all-stars didn’t win it alone.
They relied on themselves and their teammates to carry the load. When they were having off nights, their teammates stepped up to the plate. Forward DeShawn Stevenson became a defensive stopper in the zone and a threat from three-point range. Guard J.J. Barea became a general directing the troops to battle. Center Tyson Chandler became a force in the paint making it difficult for the Heat to score. Role players like Brian Chandler and Shawn Marion filled their roles nicely. Coach Rick Carlise pushed the right buttons to get his team motivated and to play at the highest caliber possible. This was a team deserving to win the NBA Championship.
What’s next for the Mavs? They need to build their team for another chance to become champions. Barea, Chandler and injured forward Caron Butler are among the free agents the Mavericks should retain. Free agency seems miles ahead for this team. They will spend time enjoying their championship trophy, as well they should. Congratulations to the NBA Champions of the world: the Dallas Mavericks.
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