Jason Terry’s 27 points off the bench provided a dominant spark to help the Dallas Mavericks win their first ever NBA title against the Miami Heat last Sunday.
Terry was not the only player to have a good game in the 105 – 95 win. Jason Kidd and Shawn Marion also played very efficiently to help bring the title to Dallas.
Dirk Nowitzki, who was the series MVP, also had a strong fourth quarter.
One player that did not live up to the expectations was LeBron James. The highly talented small forward put up only 21 points and six assists while also having six turnovers.
That certainly does not help James’ legacy. Many people compare LeBron James to Michael Jordan, but this game just showed us what James is not.
When his team needed him the most, the dominant forward did not rise to the occasion. Unlike the legend LeBron is constantly compared to, he seemed unable to take his team to another level.
Michael Jordan had Scottie Pippin to help him lead the Bulls to several NBA titles, but LeBron James also has a Scottie Pippin – Dwyane Wade.
Wade was also relatively unimpressive by his standards and racked up only 17 points. The Mavericks took advantage of the fact that the Heat’s two best players had taken the day off.
This leads us to understand that when talent and effort does not come together – all we are left with is talent.
There are numerous examples of how talent is not enough to succeed at the highest level. Let’s look to football for a minute and remember JaMarcus Russell.
Naturally, LeBron James is a much better basketball player than JaMarcus Russell was as a football player – but they are still comparable – both lack the effort when it counts the most.
It was a great win by Dallas, as the underdog showed the world that heart beats talent any day of the week if the talent is not accompanied by effort.
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