Miami are high fiving, the crowd is on it’s feet dancing and there are smiles all around. Miami holds a very firm grip on the series and is already looking ahead to the three games in Dallas where even one away win would all but signal the end for the Mavericks.
Only problem was there was still 6 minutes to go.
Dallas go on a 22-5 run closing the game, the final 9 coming from the big German, and steal a most unlikely win from the grasp of the Heat.
Wade was spectacular for Miami pouring in 36 points, yet was unable to find a bucket over the final minutes in an effort to save his team from a truly embarrassing loss. James had a casual 20 points, as he mostly played second fiddle to Wade throughout the game.
Miami lost game 2, rather than Dallas winning it. As the best defensive team in the league it was completely unacceptable to seemingly fall asleep on this end of the court when they believed they had an unassailable advantage. Teams like Dallas with a plethora of shooters and offensive freaks like Nowitzki are never out of games, and never more evident than last night.
Yesterday I made the point that the winner of game 2 could very well go on to win the series, and that opinion has not changed. Miami now have to win one of the next three games in Dallas or they won’t have a chance to try to equal the series in Miami. I can’t see the Heat winning anymore than 1 game in Dallas, but that may be all they need.
I picked Miami to win the series and I stand by it. I did not expect them to lose a game at home however. I think now this series is destined to go to 7 games. Miami need to win one of the first two games in Dallas, because I cannot see them winning 3 must win games in a row, which will be the case if they find themselves 3-1 down.
Nonetheless if LeBron and the Heat are to silence their critics, they had better get over themselves and start playing 48 minute basketball, because 42 minutes is not good enough in the Finals.