Game One in the books and it went pretty much like my prediction for the series: Two superstars are always going to beat one….
In these type of games, when teams are evenly matched and games are decided in the last two minutes, it’s a huge advantage having two players who create plays every time down the floor….
The Mavs have Dirk Nowitzki, but the Heat have LeBron James and Dwyane Wade; which means Miami is going to win the series….
The Heat did not play well, but in the end it was the dynamic duo making plays….
LeBron was too passive, Chris Bosh was horrendous, Erik Spoelstra had the ball in the wrong player’s hands most of the game and the Heat shot an absymal 39%….
But the Mavs were even worse, shooting 37%….
The difference was Miami’s smothering defense and their two stars making big plays….
Dirk had 27 points, but it was probably the softest 27 in NBA Finals history. He shot 7-18 and appeared to be rattled by the Heat’s physical defense….
Nowitzki has been tremendous in the post-season, but now he’s finally facing a good defensive team who’s going to make him work for everything he gets….
And if not for some generous officiating, which put Dirk on the free throw line 12 times, it would have been much worse….
By my count, 8 of Nowitzki’s 12 FT’s were gifts from the zebras….
Four times Dirk went weak to the basket, got his shot blocked cleanly and was bailed out by an official. I thought he played soft and looked like the Nowitzki who disappeared against the Heat in the 2006 Finals….
Speaking of soft, Bosh is going to have to play better for the Heat to win. To say Chris played soft last night is an insult to Pau Gasol and Luke Walton….
He looked scared to death and every time he got the ball in the post rushed a horrible shot which led to a Dallas fast break….
One time he had an air ball lay-up and another had his shot blocked by Brendan Haywood; who twice previously stuffed himself on the bottom of the rim on dunk attempts….
Bosh was afraid of his own shadow and this must change. Good thing Dirk wasn’t much better, or the Heat would be down 0-1….
Holy s***, Bosh was awful….
The best thing about this Heat team is they can win games when they don’t shoot well and one of their stars disappears….
They’re the NBA’s best defensive team, which keeps them in games when they’re struggling. They also have two great players, who bail them out late in games….