LeBron no longer Rises

I could not help but smile, and cheer inside, as the Miami Heat were closed out of the NBA finals. Good riddance, LeBron! Ever since King James’ “decision” and the aftermath after, I have wanted to see the Miami Heat lose. And now we are all vindicated.

I wonder how the city of Cleveland reacted.

James took his talents to South Beach, and South Beach is where the Mavericks left him empty and frustrated. He is still tied for NBA titles with the Cavaliers he left behind.

Right from the start, the Mavericks took control of the game, scoring 32 points in the very first quarter. The Heat got back into the game in the second quarter, reducing the Mavericks lead to two points by halftime. Dallas opened up the third quarter just like the first, building their lead back to nine points and controlling the remainder of the game.

LeBron James led the Heat in scoring, finishing the game with 21 points and 6 assists. Dwyane Wade struggled in Game 6, shooting 38 percent from the field. Wade finished the game with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the Heat. Chris Bosh was the most effective player for the Heat in Game 6, shooting 78 percent from the field. Bosh finished the game with 19 points and 8 rebounds for the Heat.

For the Mavericks, it was definitely a team effort, as every player that stepped on the court put up points for the team. Jason Terry, who got a tattoo of the NBA championship trophy right before the final series started, led the Mavericks offensively in Game 6. Terry finished the game with 27 points and 3 rebounds. Nowitzki was right behind him, finishing with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Given Nowitzki’s impressive performances throughout the series, it’s no surprise the German won the NBA Finals MVP award.

For the Heat, they should be proud of the valiant effort they put up throughout the year. At the end of the day, it wasn’t LeBron, Wade or Bosh’s performances that cost the Heat the final series; it was their inability to defend the Mavericks. Given how effective Miami’s defense was against the Chicago Bulls and the Boston Celtics, the Mavericks deserve all the credit in the world.

Heat forward Chris Bosh said it best when he spoke to reporters after the game, “All I remember is telling those guys that they deserved it, hands down, they were the better team in this series … All we can do is just admit it and move forward.”

 

Author: Jason Zajdel

Learning as I go along. It's an awesome ride. =-)