The 2011 NBA Finals is the series the NBA needed
Let's face it NBA fans. Whether you love the Heat or hate the Heat, you're still watching this series. Despite the fact that the games last into the later part of the night, or that some games lack fundamentals, it's almost impossible to turn away and go to bed. There are simply too many compelling storylines.
The Heat had everyone convinced, after Game 1, that they were going to win this series in four or five games. With seven minutes left in Game 2, every fan still felt that way. Then something amazing happened and I'm sure everyone knows by now. Dallas stormed back with great defense, and amazing play from Dirk Nowitzki, to cap a fantastic finish.
Game 3 rolled around and analysts were raving about Dallas' momentum. Surely Dallas was going to take Game 3 after a historic Miami collapse? That would not be the case. The Heat went on to win after a Dirk missed a shot at the buzzer. The next game saw the Heat take the lead into the fourth quarter. But, Dallas came back and hit some clutch free throws to seal the deal. It didn't help Miami that LeBron James had zero points in the fourth quarter.
After LeBron's performance in Game 4, he was called out by the many people. He responded with a triple-double but only had two points in the fourth quarter in Game 5. Clutch three-pointers by Jason Kidd and Jason Terry, made the crowd erupt in celebration as the Mavericks closed Game 5. Now the fun begins.
Tonight's Game 6 will show us how badly the Heat want this. The series has been theirs for the taking. Whether it be the inability or the unwillingness to close, we may never know. The Heat need to win both games at home. Miami needs more than Dwyane Wade to carry the team and LeBron needs to be able to close. The energy will be high in Miami and I don't expect the game to be close. The Heat will win and this electrifying series will be forced into a Game 7.
I firmly believe that the Heat will win the next two games, but the Cleveland fan inside me is cheering for the Mavericks as if they were my own.