It is June 5th, 2011 in the American Airlines Center and the Dallas Mavericks are still trying to figure out what happened.
The answer however, is simple.
Dwyane Wade happened.
The Mavs were doing everything right. They were forcing turnovers, playing great defense, and simply making shots. They were forging one of their typical fourth quarter runs, the result of which, usually ending in a win. It looked as though the Mavs were going to do it again. The Heat couldn't get a call from the refs all game, and LeBron was playing like he did in last year's playoffs. The Heat were suffering.
Only this time, Wade wouldn't go away.
In the final seven minutes of the game, Wade sunk two great jump shots and drilled a cold-blooded three-pointer, all of which largely contributed to putting Dallas away. He also got after Chris Bosh for hesitating on shots, the result of which, led to Bosh hitting the most crucial shot in the game. Wade refused to let the Heat cave in under the terrible circumstances.
Wade showed outstanding stamina, and put on a clinic on how to lead a team. He ended the game with 29 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, and a steal. He was phenomenal. It appears as though Wade is on track to bringing home his second NBA Finals MVP award.
And that brings up an interesting question: Whose team is it? LeBron's or Wade's?
Throughout Miami's entire journey to the finals, people have talked about how this could be LeBron's chance to finally get an NBA Championship ring. What happens when everyone finds out that Dwyane Wade actually earned LeBron's ring for him?
That's not to say of course, that LeBron hasn't contributed. On the contrary, he is a fantastic player that has shouldered most of the team throughout the regular season. He continues to put up great numbers.
But LeBron has always been able to do that. It's nothing new. He has even been able to win in the post season. The only thing James has never done, is win in the finals. And winning finals happens to be what Wade is best at. It's when he shows up.
So if Wade continues to backpack it all, and wins the Finals MVP, people will most likely remember the 2011 NBA Finals as the time when Wade beat Dallas once again, proving he was fully capable of doing it again. King James however, will take the backseat.
But that's IF Wade wins it. So far he has outplayed LeBron in every NBA Finals game.The cement has been poured. Now LeBron needs to decide what to do with it. And the questions flutter in: Will he allow Wade to mold it himself? Or will he try and show everyone who he is? Is he okay with just a ring? Or does he have to be the one to earn it? Is LeBron okay with Wade being considered the best player in the NBA?
Either way, Dwyane Wade is the reason the Heat are up. Miami wins when he takes over games. If LeBron tries to take over the team, there is always the possibility that the Mavericks come out on top.
So LeBron, what's it gonna be?
We'll all find out soon enough.