Despite the fact that the Heat pretty much no-showed with their season hanging in the balance in Game 6, overall this NBA Finals was still one of the best in recent memory. For the most part, the games were highly contested, plus factor in all the subplots (the Dirk finger injury, the Game 4 fever, the James and Wade mocking of Nowitzki and the D-Wade hip injury, just to name a few), and you truly had a series to remember.
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Don't get me wrong, regardless of if I like someone or not (and in this particular instance, it's not), I'm still always the first person to give someone credit for being good at something. LeBron James is a great basketball player. One of the best in the league. I just don't care for him as a person.
I don't wanna get off topic here and turn this into yet another LeBron-bashing post, but bottom line, based on what I saw in this series, he wanted no part of actually LEADING Miami to a title. Great players don't just disappear every time the 4th quarter rolls around, and that's exactly what he did throughout the series. Here's the only stat from the Finals you need to know: In six 4th quarters, LeBron James scored a total of 18 points. In contrast, Dirk Nowitzki scored 62. SLIGHT difference huh?
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To sum up my take on James, I'll say this: The Michael Jordan comparisons need to officially stop forever. Michael NEVER had a Finals series even remotely as sorry as the one Lebron just had, period.
Now, on to the primary topic of this post, and that's the Dallas Mavericks and Dirk Nowitzki. No one gave Dallas much of a chance in this series, yet they still managed to find a way to win it. That's what great teams do. That's what great players do, and that's exactly what Dirk Nowitzki is. It's just a shame it took this long for everyone else to finally notice.
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So chalk one up for the good guys. The right team, and right superstar for that matter, won this one.