Quantcast
Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 at 8:04 pm  |  143 responses

NBA Finals Game 4 Live Blog

Can Dallas whip up some home cookin’ for Game 4?

by Maurice Bobb / @ReeseReport

Like we always do at this time…

Game 4 of the 2011 NBA Finals is upon us here in the Big D and Adam Figman and I are once again in the trenches to give, give, give, give it all we got.  As I spew every interesting facet of this contest between the 2-1 series leading Miami Heat and the “must win Game 4″ Dallas Mavs, A Fig will be holding down the SLAM Twitter at @SLAMonline for your RT-ing pleasure.

As always, the side stories to this series are all over the place.  First, there’s LeBron James and his supposed legacy killing deferment to Dwyane Wade in the fourth quarter.  It’s not enough to win a championship.  No, not for LBJ.  He has to be the Finals MVP to live up to who Scottie Pippen built him up to be and who NBA fans want him to be.

Then there’s Jason Terry.  After getting called out by Dirk Nowitzki earlier today for his less than clutch play, look for The JET to try to get off the runway. It may be tough, though, since turbulence stands at 6’8, 250 pounds.

If the Mavs don’t win this game, everyone will say what they’re already thinking, but were afraid to say out loud: This series is over.

Strap up NBA Fans, this one should be one for the books.

7:04 – Word has it that JJ Barea will be replacing DeShawn Stevenson in the starting lineup tonight.  If so, that’s a clear sign that Dallas wants to attack Miami right out of the gate.

7:15 – New Golden State Warriors Head Coach Mark Jackson just said to put in bold letters that the Warriors will make the playoffs next year.  Mama, there goes that…wishful thinking?

7:34 – Mavs just took to the court for layup drills.  Naturally, the fans on hand applauded.

7:35 – Heat came out to the disapproval of the fans.  I think I heard a couple of cheers, though.  Maybe it’s your boy Eboy.

7:41 – Adam and I had our row to ourselves Sunday night, except for Rachel Nichols sitting with us for a brief spell.  Now our row is full with guys speaking Spanish from media outlets I’ve never heard of.  As long as they don’t say “Pinche” I’m good.  Ha!

7:51 – Both teams lined up for National Anthem and Starting Line Up announcements.

7:53 – Kelly Clarkson singing the anthem.  Good choice.

7:56 – Mavs spared no expense for their starting line up announcement.  Video on jumbotron is really high quality.

8:05 – Game time!  Who you got?  Mavs?  Heat?  Let’s get it!

8:07 – First basket of the game?  Dirk Nowitzki.

8:08 – Second basket of the game?  Dirk Nowitzki.  Mavs up 4-0.

8:09 – Chris Bosh finally gets the Heat on the board with 9:31 to go in the First Qtr.

8:11 – And the Oscar goes to… Mike Bibby!

8:12 – Bosh ties it at 6 with less than 7 minutes left in the 1st.

8:13 – Jason Terry checks into the game for the first time tonight.  Will the JET get off the runway?

8:19 – Tyson Chandler brings the ruckus on a dunk.  Mavs up 12-8.

8:20 – The Custodian misses a three ball and commits a turnover.  Sub!

8:21 – JET with a WTF shot that goes in.  Bosh draws foul on Chandler on the other end.

8:23 – JET lines up for a three and drains it.  Maybe The German should call him out more in the media.

8:28 – That look JET threw Mario Chalmer’s way had a very “whoop yo ass” vibe to it.

8:30 – Brendan Haywood back!

8:31 – I’ll say this for Chalmers: he brought a lot of that rock chalk Jayhawk fire with him to Miami.

8:33 – JET missed both gimmies.  Not a good sign.

8:33 – Seriously, the instant replay is going to get one of these refs hurt badly.

8: 35 – Cardinal back in?  Ok, did Corey Brewer piss in Carlisle’s Cheerios?

8:36 – End of the First Quarter.  Score tied at 21.

8:37 – Fans shooting half court shots for a big screen TV.  Two of them actually hit ‘em.  Will the televisions be on eBay tomorrow?

8:40 – Bosh is the first player to double figures with 10.  In other news, Barea is shooting worse than a drunk guy playing Pop a Shot.

8:46 – Haslem has 3 fouls already.

8:48 – Bosh with the uppies.

8:49 – Bosh has 14 points.  Only player on the court in double figs.

8:54 – Stevenson with another three ball.

Sidenote: You can almost see the desire Terry has to please Big Brother Dirk out there.

8:59 – Dallas retakes the lead: 38-34.

9:02 – Nice dish to Anthony by LeBron for the duece!

9:03 – D. Wade with the nice English on the lay up.  I would hate to play him in pool.

9:05 – Fans here in Big D extra amped after watching “The Time Is Now” vid on the Jumbotron.  Troy Aikman, Tony Dorsett, Emmitt Smith and Nolan Ryan all featured.

9:08 – Wade joins Bosh in double figures.  He has 13.

9:11 – End of the first half.  Heat up 47-45.

9:35 – Mavs take 49-47 lead on Barea pull up J.

9:36 – Apparently, Dirk has a three-digit temperature.  Flu game flow?

9:37 – LeBron really not himself so far.  Has three fouls now.

9:38 – Bosh doesn’t like lil JJ.

9:39 – Great acting job by Bosh to get that foul call.  He has 20 after a couple of freebies.

9:42 – Can’t wait to see what Gregg Doyle asks LeBron at tonight’s presser.

9:43 – Damn, D. Wade, that was just NASTY!

9:45 – I need a replay of that Wade cross.  That was filthy McNasty!

9:47 – LeBron has 4 points right now.  FOUR points.

9:50 – The Custodian a Bosh Stopper?

9:51 – First miss for The German at the charity stripe in these Finals.

9:56 – Nice try, Brian Cardinal, but you don’t get those calls vs. LeBron.

9:58 – Wade with the uppies for an alley.  Nix “The Flash” nickname, Wade…you’re Batman.

10:02 – End of the 3rd.  Heat up 69-65.

10:03 – The Maniacs, Mavs’ rotund dancers, shakin’ their girth to delight of home crowd.

10:05 – Last 12 minutes of action.  Who wants it more?

10:06 – Dirk with the shooter’s bounce to start the fourth.

10:08 – Mike Miller, cashing three point checks.

10:09 – Carlisle wants a breather.  Heat off to a 9 point lead.  Adjustments, adjustments, adjustments…

10:12 – Terry for two.

10:13 – Terry, with the near celebration in front of the Heat bench.

10:16 – Wade back.

10:17 – Wade is killin’ ‘em like F-A-B-O-L-O-U-S.

10:19 – DENIED by the rim!

10:20 – Mavs literally fighting for their LIFE right now.

10:22 – Can’t believe Mavs are even close with the way Wade is playing.

10:23 – And JET gives Mavs their first lead in a LONG time.  79-78.

4:36 left to play.  This is superstar makin’ time!

Sidenote No. 2: Dallas has some serious Bettys.  Damn.

10:30 – Dirk missing wide open looks.  No bueno para Big D.

10:32 – Dirk to the line.  He could use the breather.

10:35 – HUGE rebound by Chandler.

10:36 – Wade missed the last FT.  82-81 Mavs.

10:39 – The crowd is crazy loud right now for their Mavs.

10:39 – Now THAT was CLUTCH!!!

10:41 – Can the Mavs hold?

10:42 – Mavs up 84-83.  Playing not to lose?

10:43 – Terry can meet Dirk’s media challenge with these two FTs.

10:44 – Mavs up 86-83.  Ain’t nobody got no timeouts left.

10:47 – That’s it SLAM Fam.  Mavs win Game 4 86-83.  As always, thanks for rocking with us.

10:46 – Mavs hold on to win Game 4 86-83.  Terry answers the call to finish with 17 points.

  • Add a Comment
  • Share
  • RSS

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

  • jufu

    HERE WE GO. JKIDD GO GET THAT RING.

  • http://www.reboundghana.com mtee

    lets goooo mavs!!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Angel of Stern

    dwyane is still getting those easy shots that he wasn’t getting against chicago

  • http://nba BadBluue

    go HEAT !!!

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    Bosh has more points than Nowitzki and Terry combined

  • thetruthshinesthrough

    Stevenson is the man… stopping lebron and hitting those threes!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    Stevenson is on fire. 3 3′s

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Soldier Boy’s pissed he couldn’t start, hitting them three’s!

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    @Darksaber Yeah, he’s out shooting Barea big time

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Ok, at this point Corey Brewer needs to tell us what horrid crime he commited to be treated like this.
    He was a solid starter for the Wilves, and has to see Cardinal, Mahinmi get mins in the Nba Finals while he stays benched?
    No yse for his length or speed, Coach? He hit on your wife, didn’the, Carlisle?

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    Maybe he slept with a teammates’ wife?

  • Truegooner

    Lebrone needs to step up offense. he leaves much to desire

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    Bosh with the big man points. Last shot!

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    @1982 Bosh leads all scorers with 16. Ballllllin!

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Kidd is shrinking on offense by the game. He needs to be a legitimate shooting threat luke he was against the Blazers and even OKC.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Angel of Stern

    co-sign darksaber, wouldn’t he be a good guy to throw at wade? he seems like a better option than everyone else..

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    If Bosh plays well, Tysons going to need some serious Help from Dirk on D since he’s either switching off Anthony or trying to box him out. Bosh playing like…A KG? (circa 2008)

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    So far, Chris Bosh is making me look like an intelligent individual.
    I called this…

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    WHY DID DESHAWN STEVENSON NOT PLAY IN GAME 3?!

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Carlisle has coached a good defense but it’s taken him 3 games into the NBA Finals and he’s still ironing out his rotation. Wow.

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    Someone needs to get this crowd chanting Brewer. They need another active big…bigger than Terry at least. Deshawns busy.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Nothing new there, Carlisle’s rotations are mindboggling.
    See Roddygate, ’09/10 playoffs.

  • http://espn.com ubestNOTmiss

    lebron has to go off in the 2d half right?

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Dirk’s FT-shooting is flat out mesmerizing in these playoffs.
    The ball hits nothing but twine

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    Barea sighting!

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    Saw Brewer in the tunnel. He had that “I’m not playing tonight” walk

  • http://www.slamonline.com Angel of Stern

    i wanna see basketball…. why are they calling this so touchy

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    Is Marions dunk the first easy dunk this game for Dallas?

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    @1982 Chandler’s dunk in the first half was fairly easy

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    “Tell Mrs. Marion that i speak fluent Trixian. The language of Shawn Marion.” – Jeff Van Gundy
    Hilarious

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    C’mon Dirk, no need to pull a Wade (hissy fit) there, no contact. Run back on D.

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    DWaaaaaaaade!

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    @1982 Wade’s play was just blatant

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    Finally, Barea doing what he did vs LA. Break their D and give your rebounders some easy follow ups. Forget that, the matrix skyhook!

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Faaaaaack.
    Bosh swishing everything, Wade being vintage Dwyane and an ailing Dirk.
    If Bron starts making shots too, this one’s over.
    Oh well, that’s why they play the whole 48 mins.

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    Seriously, Corey Brewer needs to switch jerseys with Brian Cardinal. That’s the only way he’s gettin’ on the court tonight.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    They call me TRIX.
    Sat.my.name, Bron.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Angel of Stern

    BRON, PLEASE WAKE UP

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    @maurice bobb, u mean the three?! That was good D too. They keep saying Dirks shots are deflating for a Defense… Wade is mindF&@king them!

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    @1982 Wade is Muy Ridiculoso!

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    Angel of Stern, you just called it..

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    As soon as you see Bron about to pass it for the oop, you knew it would happen. You cant stop a 6’4″ guard if he can fly

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Yup, Dirk looks pooped.

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    If Dirk cant hit a wide open 3 in a set play…

  • http://www.slamonline.com melvin ely

    you know those kinds of players that, no matter how bad they’d be playing through 3 qtrs you can always count on them to make the big play down the stretch? Miami has 3 of those players in 1 team (Bosh proved he’s that player in the final shot of game 3), while Dallas has only 1. That’s why even in close games, you feel like miami still has the edge. It’s a dead horse I know, but it’s still worth mentioning.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Hey ‘coach’ Carlisle. A SG with speed and hops is destroying you for 4 straight game. Too bad you don’t have one of your own to counter him….oh wait, you do?
    Why are you NOT playing him again?
    He poisoned your cat?
    Set fire to your car?
    Beat your angry birds score?

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    Jim Carrey looks puzzled…

  • http://www.slamonline.com melvin ely

    sh#t in your shoe?

  • charizo

    Heat got this series on lock. Dirk is too soft to ever win a championship.

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    He should at least TRY Brewer on Wade…

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Didn’t get you a birthday card, hmm coach?

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    Ok, seriously…its the same story Mavs! Hit your open shots, hit your regular shots.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    One thing is clear, Mavs don’t get it together in the next 4 posessions, the rout will be on.
    Dirk is not making that 4th qtr solo comeback with a fever. That patent belongs to Jordan.

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    Dirk starting to really PLAY sick now…

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    What Darksaber said…

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Soldier Boy’s playing solid to good D against Bron tonite.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Oh look, Terry just remembered he can fet to the basket AND elevate for fairly easy shots against anyone nor named Wade.
    Only took him 4 games too.

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    Letting Wade breakdown your D is one thing, being outrebounded by Him should be unacceptable…

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    My God, Dwyane Wade is effing redonkulous

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    Not to mention being blocked at the rim when youre the starting C.

  • Truegooner

    where is king james? he needs to help offensively

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    If Heat win, the rim is the MVP

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    Wade is single handedly keeping Mavs at bay…IN Dallas…

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    All about hustle now.
    Wade: heart
    Dirk: Heart (fever be damned)
    Deshawn: heart
    Chandler: always, always heart

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    AGAIN.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Angel of Stern

    Wade is playing like Jordan and Bron is playing like Andre Iguodala….

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Dirk.is.pooooooped.

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    On a side note, this may be the best team for Mike Miller…

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    The Mavs D the last few mins is all kinds of fantastic. Energized, scrambling, hustling ish.
    And it all starts with Stevenson. No question.

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em!

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    Deshawn… Smh

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    Wade to the line…

  • thetruthshinesthrough

    Deshawn is the truth but he’s gotta hit that 3

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    Mavs are playing perfect Mavs basketball, except for actually finishing the play… Matrix needs to be in this Game.

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    As many shots as Dirk has missed, he still has a team-high 19 points

  • http://slamonline.com/ Adam Figman

    It’s so loud in here. I can’t hear myself think.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Time for Trix to get in.

  • thetruthshinesthrough

    Dirk… nuff said.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Dirk: you give me fever.
    Still lots of time left. Trix AND Stevenson need to be out there playing D now.

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    ^ What Adam said…

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    Never thought id say this… Dirk with the great step, speed power move straight to the basket. Too bad this isnt game 2 and theres more than enough time. Mad props for staying in the game though. D please

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Wheres Lebron, is he playing.

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    Who you rooting for Adam?!

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    Oh damn, Maurice Bobb you’re there too?!?

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    @1982 Adam has Heat in 5

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    YESSSSSSSS

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    MVP tonight: Stevenson, followed closely by Tyson, Terry and Dirk.

  • http://slamonline.com The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    We have a 3 games series, let’s go baby!!! WHAT AMAZING FINALS!!!

  • Allenp

    Lebron played like pure crap on both ends. Pure crap. And the Mavericks supporting cast carried Dirk for most of the game but he took over in the end. Game five should be awesome.

  • Truegooner

    Lebrone is needs to step his game up. He has to perform offensively. I really don’t remember him in the 4th quarter.

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    Great Great game… And I was way off about Terry talking about Lebron’s D. Way to f’n be, Jet.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Angel of Stern

    well thats disappointing

  • robb

    What a game!!!

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Hey JETTerry, took you long enough to realize that being a standstill shooter would make it easier for the slower SF to guard you.
    Way to ball tonight.
    Dirk better not be roped into hours of postgame interviews tonight. Rest and medication, asap.

  • http://www.slamonline.com melvin ely

    Lebron just flat out disappeared in this game, wtf I know you want to be all mr. distributor and give Wade his spotlight, but the best players assert their will when the game is on the line. Taking nothing away from Deshawn’s D, but Bron needs to do something better than the 8pt 4TO stinker he put out tonight. Man he’s gonna be super pissed in tonight’s presser

  • MikeC.

    As much as I dislike the Heat and all that is associated with them, I must give respect to Mike Miller. I’m pretty sure that at this point, almost his entire body is being held together by duct tape and chewing gum. He must have an entire crew dedicated to putting him together and taking him apart pre and post-game.

  • JTaylor21

    Will the real LeBron James please stand up?

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Blow another 4th quarter lead; Like a BO$H!
    (sorry Max)

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Dirk in the postgamer: *sniff* everybodies got something after * cough/wheeze*, after 8 months of high level bball *coughs out a lung*.
    GET HIM HOME AND GIVE HIM SOME HONEYTEA!

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Lebron with the big 8 points, now I know he is a King. Lets be honest people, Lebron is being overshadowed by his on talented teammate. Wade is clearly this team leader, who barked at who. So stop with the Lebron leader crap. When it counts that’s when the dogs come out. Also on that last play for the Heat, why did Lebron run to the corner and just stand there, he did not move around to get open. Wade did his best to get the ball and wanted it bad, Lebron had Jet small man guard guarding him. Thats an easy shot over him. BOOK IT!!

  • JTaylor21

    Is it the same big bad leader that missed a crucial FT and fumbled away a potential game tying 3, that guy?

  • i ball

    stevenson balled over james. its amazing to see how lebron improved his game but its also amazing to see how much stevenson improved his. you can argue whatever you want,james being a facilitator or whatever but it was more of Dallas D then anything else.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Wade kept the Heat in the game, when Lebron was taking pictures with fans. Wade is the Finals MVP if Heat win. At least Wade wanted the ball. 21 year old.

  • i ball

    @ jtaylor

    its the leader who looked for the ball not hid in the corner.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Thank you Maurice! (and all the commenters). SLAM’ll be back at it for Game 5…

  • MikeC.

    At some point, maybe it’s Dallas’ D that’s causing problems and not a deficiency in the Heat O. Maybe JET is such a feared 1-on-1 defender that he just took Lebron out of the entire play, while making Wade fumble the ball away. Okay, that part about JET was a joke, but the Mavs play really good team D. The Heat have more outstanding individual defenders, but the Mavs seem to have a more cohesive team D. They have a roster full of poor individual defenders, but they work together to make a wall, and they have Chandler at the rim. It’s working.

  • JTaylor21

    Yawn!!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com unf*ckwitable

    Dope series so far.

  • i ball

    @ jtaylor
    so lebron is the leader?

  • i ball

    oh, its bosh. my bad i forgot.

  • JTaylor21

    I could care less who the leader is but what I do care about is Bron’s passiveness. I understand that he has to get his teammates going but why in the hell is dude taking only 15, 14, 11 shots the past 3 games. Come on son, it’s the freaking finals!! Stop with the bad Magic Johnson impersonation and score.

  • i ball

    lebron was not being passive. he got shut down by dallas defense. smh

  • MUBWAR

    if wade is such a great how come he can’t finish games. Lebron finished off the C’s and the Bulls and finally Wade wakes up, hits all type of great shots but CANNOT CLOSE THE GAME. game 2 and 4. This is Lebron’s team and he will finish this series off.

  • JTaylor21

    Cabrón!

  • i ball

    aguevo.

  • mdshuai33

    Uh…Lebron was every bit as much to blame for not finishing game 2 as Wade, I would say even more so since he took more shots. And tonight wasn’t Miami’s “fault;” Dallas just wanted it more down the stretch and made all the big plays. That drive/dunk by Wade in the last ten seconds was fantastic.

  • samo

    MUBWAR – what are you talking about, wade played well against the celtics. get those LeBalls out of your mouth

  • samo

    lebron’s d, that which he said he was focusing on, wasn’t there either tonight. Marion was doing what he wanted. I hope Greg Doyel asks that question again tonight

  • karma

    LOL at this Lebron fanboys trying to defend James after this game. Your idol blew it and played literally the WORST game by a superstar in NBA Finals history. 8 points????!?!. GTFO with “he’s the leader”. And don’t you dare diss Wade – he’s the reason why the Heat were even IN that position. Did you not watch the game or was your head too far up Lebron’s a@s to care?

  • flash

    i hate lebron fans. clearly he isn’t a factor right now. stop defending him! he sucks bigtime period! dwade did his best to keep the heat in the game, and you only remember the missed freethrow and the fumble? the heat wouldn’t even have reached to that point of the game if it wasn’t for dwade’s heart.

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    Quick note: for some reason. D. Wade was walking the tunnel the same time as us media folk. And as he passed a group of fans in the bar, they all yelled out, “Barkley’s Bitch!” I can understand venom while he’s on the court playing or in uniform, but he was just glad handing media people and people he knew that were there. That was totally uncalled for.

  • MUBWAR

    and dwade would have never reached the finals if it wasn’t for the new recruit specially Lebron. see how easy it is to flip.

  • http://fkjslf.com Jukai

    Two notes for two separate groups of people:
    -Lebron blew it. He performed horribly. The loss was his fault alone, not Wade’s free throw or his fumble in the final seconds. Wade had to do that cause Bron wasn’t. It’s fine feeding the hot hand, but if you can’t heat up yourself when yer doing that, then something is wrong with ya.
    -Why is it suddenly Wade’s team though? Does a leader not play during the first three rounds of the playoffs and only the finals? I mean, the talk is insane. The blame should be on Lebron because he IS the leader and he IS the better player. If Wade is the better player and the leader, this is Wade’s fault and he messed up. If Lebron is the leader and the better player, it’s Lebron’s fault.
    Some people want to have it both ways.

  • http://hoopistani.blogspot.com hoopistani

    @Jukai – This IS wade’s team – LBJ is a slightly better player, but he isn’t the leader. You’re saying that Wade didn’t play in the first 3 rounds of the playoffs? You may want to check your stats again. Wade had one bad series – against Chicago. He was the inspiration against Boston and was on the same level as LeBron in against Philly. He’s been on nearly the same level has LeBron all season.
    If LBJ can’t get it done in the Finals, then he’s a choker. Yes, Wade messed up in the end of Game 4, but he has been the baddest man on the court (along with Dirk) in the NBA Finals.

  • AQWORD

    Im glad its only chumps here that argue whos team it is. See you game 5.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    LECHOKE.
    The Heat is Wade’s team, but Bron is the better player.

  • eric

    I think Lebron might be tired……and a bit of a coward

  • giogolo

    The only thing that Lebron have over Wade is because he’s built freakishly atheltic and he would always pose a mismatch to anyone guarding him bcoz of his good combination of size,strength,speed,athleticism and a bit of talent and skill. Why I say that, the same reason why you think that with all these he’s suppose to be better than Wade. And yet he fails to maximize all these God-given gifts. Why?

  • giogolo

    Wade as an undersized shooting is doing things that would actually have poeple debate over which is better between him and Lerbon. Isnt Lebron suppose to dominate with what he has. WHile Wade suppose to do things ordinary 6’4 210 guard which are a dime a dozen in the NBA do. Yet they both seem to be on the same superstar level everybody is talking about. Is Lerbon underperformng..or giving way to his lesser partner? How so, this is the finals. To me, the one who rises up to the occasion with seemingly less is the better player. And the one who clearly has the better talent and skill.

  • giogolo

    And this Finals is as Hollywood as hell. I may even think almost everything IS SCRIPTED. Shyeeet.

  • giogolo

    THis finals is to scripted. Hollywood as hell.

  • http://fkjslf.com Jukai

    hoopistani: the logic doesn’t make sense to me. Wade played well enough in Boston but shrunk at the end of quarters. He played awful in Chicago and let Lebron take all the big shots. Do you think these series were of lesser importance? It’s win or go home, there is no ‘less important series’ to me. You think the Finals mean more?
    Why?
    Lebron has carried the team throughout the playoffs. Because of the awful showing of Lebron in the Finals, Wade and Lebron’s stats are pretty even, but take away the Finals and it shows Lebron has carried the team there. Why is Wade allowed to disappear in key moments in the playoffs and still be deemed the “leader” but Lebron isn’t?
    The Mavericks are double teaming Lebron to his left and right and Lebron hasn’t felt comfortable trying to split it for some reason. They are alternating the team’s two best defenders on him and letting Wade go one-on-one. Of course Wade is going to perform better. This is not to say Lebron should be only putting out eight points— he’s clearing having trouble being effective while differing to Wade— but it’s amazing how everyone had their mouths shut about Lebron throughout the playoffs as he decimated his opponents and once a team focuses on shutting down Lebron and dares his teammates to win, suddenly everything Lebron has accomplished disappears and only the Finals matters— which is absolute crap, because if it wasn’t for Lebron, they would have never gotten there.
    And who cares if Lebron is leading his team in assists and alternating defending wings and post players continuously.
    I just don’t think it is Wade’s team. I think Wade has taken over because of the mismatches.
    Here’s a question for y’all: if the Heat played Dallas in the conference finals and Chicago in the Finals, and Wade/Lebron performed the same in the series, is it suddenly Lebron’s team?

  • giogolo

    SLAM do you have like a screening for words coming out in the post that would tarnish the name of the league that is giving you work? Everything is a business huh? This has happened for the nth time and it always happens to post with negative comments I place on players and the league. Is it that serious?

  • giogolo

    Jukai No
    this has always been Lebron’s team. It was decided when he left CAvs and joined Wade. That alone is the hardest fact. If it “becomes” Bron’s team, that would be the day Wade loses his ump in his game due to aging. His older and Lebron can and should take over bcoz his a unique player physcically and ahs enought talent to utilize this advantage.Wade is just ordinary but does things extraordinarily. Only 2 other guys I know who’s Younger, doing things freakishly at thier small size and u know who they are.

  • giogolo

    ^
    oh my bad. D. Wade’s team.

  • giogolo

    Post at 9:02 am
    Wade’s team.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    So what is the excuse this time; did Big Cat bang Gloria?

  • eric

    Whether it’s Wade’s team or Lebron’s, They both will be really sad on Sunday.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    The Mavs have so many weapons… so many cats who can step up and have a great game. I expect the Mavs to make a statement and blow the Heat out in game 5. NEXT, go back to South Beach and treat game 6 like it’s game 7 and win the CHAMPIONSHIP! It will be a glorious moment for Mavs fans everywhere. LOL, Oktoberfest will probably start early in Germany, when the prodigal son Dirk comes home with his Finals MVP. MY GOD I AM FEELING SO GOOD THIS MORNING! **ROAR**

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    before last night LeBron lead Miami in Points, Rebounds, Assists, Steals in the playoffs. Its pretty f’n ridiculous that anyone insinuates its Wade’s team. At most it’s both their team, 1A and 1B, but other then that LeBron just had a bad game….a really really bad game, inexplicably bad, but it doesn’t change any pecking order or anything like that. All of this extra speculation is dumb

  • http://slamonline.com The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    It’s Eboy’s team!
    I thought u guys knew it by now, hahaha

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    @Gregg Doyel: It worked…you evil genius you!!!!!!!!!

  • mdshuai33

    @Jukai: yes it would be, because he would be doing it in the finals. And it doesn’t matter if you think the previous rounds are just as important as the finals, it matters if the players think that. And they don’t. The Heat have never played a team this resilient in the playoffs, and the Mavs D has been better than any team they faced. The pressure He puts on himself is a lot more than he’s ever faced before, and I think its draining him, visibly. Just watch the last two minutes of the game: Wade is all over the court, EVERYWHERE, trying to get the win; Lebron doesn’t even take two steps to his right to try and contest a wide open layup by Dirk. Wade was flying past the rim trying to block that same layup from the three point line on the opposite end of the court. Lebron has not showed the same killer instinct, alpha dog mentality this series that Wade has; and the series leading up to finals don’t mean anything ONCE YOU’VE MADE IT TO THE FINALS: just ask the 2006 Mavs.

Advertisement