This is an "I told you so" moment...
Here's an excerpt from the Associated Press article covering the Toronto Raptors announcement of Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Dwayne Casey as the team's new head coach:
Casey said his No. 1 goal is to give the Raptors a "defensive identity." He partially credited the Mavericks' performance against LeBron James and the Miami Heat in the NBA finals to the breaking down of hockey video.
"Because we felt we were playing too soft against Miami to start the series," he said. "And it really set the tone."
"I don't know a lot about hockey. I know I'll learn about it. But we spliced in those guys checking players up into the window, into the boards and that type of thing and that's the way we want to play," he said. "We want to make sure people feel us when they cut through the lane. And that's a mindset, and that's having a disposition - a bad disposition - when people come through your paint."
In the Finals recap, I stated the chance to win the title was lost when hockey goon Brian Cardinal injured Dwyane Wade. I stated that if Erik Spoelstra was out-coached, it was because he didn't resort to putting goons like Cardinal in the game to beat up Dirk Nowitzki and the rest of the Mavericks the way Rick Carlisle did.
That article got over 500 views from Mavs fans at some message board who disagreed with that premise.
Well, Casey admitted the coaching staff wanted the Mavs to play like hockey goons and beat the HEAT up. It resulted in Wade getting hurt. Once he was hurt, his production dropped from best in the Finals to ZERO. Here are the numbers from the Finals recap:
Wade produced an estimated 1.366 wins in 158.4 minutes played through the first four games of the Finals (0.414 est.WP48).
Wade produced an estimated -0.013 wins in 75.6 minutes played in the last two games of the Finals (-0.008 est.WP48). His production decreased by 59 percent as his Win Score per 48 minutes went from 19.1 to 7.9.
Brian Cardinal ranked 390th out of 453 players in Wins Produced this season with -0.042 WP48 and -0.5 Wins Produced. He's played 10 seasons in the NBA. The only player less productive than him with more experience is Jermaine O'Neal who ranked 419th with -0.108 WP48 and -1.0 Wins Produced. He's only in the league for one reason - thuggery. He's a goon and Mark Cuban and Rick Carlisle should be ashamed of themselves.
I didn't need Casey to say the Mavs resorted to thuggery at his introductory press conference, but I'm glad he did because now I can say...
..."I told you so." Although I like what my man Alfredo Arteaga from HeatFreak.com said to Casey at the beginning of the last HEATcast a lot more.
As for the Mavs fans from that message board...I think this sums it up.