In 2006, The Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat met in the NBA finals. The Mavs were up two games to none on the Heat before they went back to Miami for three straight games in South Beach in which they lost all three and then lost a fourth straight back in Dallas. Yes, you heard me correct, the Dallas Mavericks lost four straight games to the Miami Heat after being up two games to none in the NBA finals. What a crushing way to lose a finals series.
After that year, everyone thought that Dirk wouldn’t have it in him anymore to get back to the finals ever again. They thought that his window for a gold ring would be closed for good, but low and behold, the Dallas Mavs are now back again and back with a vengeance. This could be one of the greatest finals series that the NBA has ever seen. LeBron, Bosh and Dwayne Wade were all supposed to stomp over the entire league this year since the pre-season. And now who better to face in the NBA finals than the Dallas Mavericks? The Miami Heat won’t beat them two times in a row will they?
Dirk Nowitzki is playing like the baddest guy on the court right now. In 39 minutes per game during the playoffs, Dirk is averaging 28.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and shooting 51.7% from the field per game—the field goal percentage is just ridiculous and those are all jump shots! During the regular season, Dirk averaged only 34.3 minutes, 23 points and 7 rebounds per game while still shooting an incredible 51.7% from the field. It is clear to see that Dirk Nowitzki has picked his game up admirably during the 2011 playoffs—no folding under the pressure around here, where they do that at? Dwayne Wade is averaging 23.9 points a game in the playoffs and LeBron’s point per game playoff average rests at 25.9, so let there be no mistake about who the best guy on the court is: Dirk Nowitzki!
I have a feeling that things are going to be quite different this time around for the Dallas Mavs and the Miami Heat. The city of Miami thought they were going to get an easy ring this year running through every team, but they must go through Dallas first. Who saw that coming? Dallas is playing with bravado and are playing like they are the heavy favorites and every other team in the league is the underdog. Just ask the L.A. Lakers if they were able to pull off the miracle upset over Dallas. If Miami manages to close out the series tonight in the Eastern Conference finals, they are in for a rude awakening when it comes time to face Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks. This is a different team out there in Dallas, and Nowitzki is long overdue for his ring. Sorry LeBron, but you’re just going to have to wait for another year.