NBA Finals: Miami Heat vs. Dallas Mavericks
By Guest Blogger Tyler Daly:
Two teams whose strengths and weaknesses seam to blend together in a poetic fashion to create a storybook final series. The aging superstar in Nowitzki, looking to cement his legacy as one of the all-time greats. The young Lebron James, thirsting for a title after many heartbreaking failures in the postseason. Dallas has the great bench, Miami the great starting lineup. Those who refer to this as a rematch of the 2006 series do so only recognizing the teams-in-name meeting once again.
In all honesty, both teams couldn’t be further from the squads that put them in the Finals in 2006. Dwayne Wade and Udonis Haslem are the only remaining Heat players who were on that championship team. Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry are the only two Mavericks who came so close to the ultimate prize that year, only to taste sour defeat. Wade had an aging, but still fairly dominant paint presence in his running-mate, Shaq. Back then, people still referred to the Mavericks as “soft.” Tell that to anyone around the NBA now and they’ll laugh in your face.
This season we have watched as the Dallas Mavericks have changed the culture of their basketball team. A group that was once cleverly named “allas Mavericks” for their lack of “D,” has become a defensive nightmare for many teams around the league. We have also watched the constant spotlight shown on the Miami Heat in South Beach, the press jumping their every move. The adversity that both of these teams have overcome is more important to this series than any statistic or speculation that will occur before Tuesday’s game.
When it comes down to it, I believe it will be the team who shows the greatest will to win who will become victorious. Now at first that seems obvious and sort of cliché to say, but a lot will be told about how close either of these teams is to a ring on Tuesday night. Game 1 will present the platform for players to show the extent of effort they’re willing to put forth, the amount of drive they have to close out a game, and what a championship really means to them. Both have very compelling storylines, but who will grab the Hollywood ending? Stay tuned…