NBA Finals: Don’t Forget That Dallas Won

A collection of some of the best clips today on the Dallas Mavericks winning their first ever NBA Finals…and remember that yes, Miami did lose and it was a beautiful thing to watch them flame-out, but don’t forget to give Dallas the credit they deserve in the middle of all your Miami/LeBron hating.

Jason Whitlock thinks it is time to blow up the big three – A knee jerk reaction without question and I don’t think for a second that LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, or Chris Bosh are going anywhere. Whitlock describes LeBron’s performance as “putrid” and James as a “national laughingstock and late-night punch line.” It is hard to argue with that right now, there is nothing more frustrating for people who the love the sport of basketball to watch the most talented player on the planet play with zero effort and heart when it matters the most.

Adrian Wojnarowski gives Dirk Nowitzki his due – The story of this playoffs should really be Nowitzki and everything he did right, not James and everything he did wrong. The emotion shown by Nowitzki as he left the floor in the final seconds was a beautiful sports moment. He has stuck it out in Dallas, through plenty of rough times and in the end managed to take his team and his franchise to a title with an epic post-season run.

It is good to see in basketball, a team…not whatever you would call the Miami Heat…win the championship. The team that played the game right way, beat the supremely talented one. The high-school team with a group of seniors that had played together their whole career and were desperate to win a trophy for their town knocked off the AAU team playing for college scholarships.

I am randomly a huge DeShawn Stevenson fan from back when I lived in DC and was happy to see Soulja Boy beat Jay-Z

The NBA could be about to head down the same road of the NFL

Overall, a great playoffs for the NBA, capped off by a great Finals. Keep an eye out for Justin’s reaction here at TOJ in the coming days, along further commentary from myself and upcoming draft coverage.

These videos are certainly fun to watch today…

NBA Finals Preview and Prediction

TOJ’s NBA Finals preview at Gunaxin. Can Dirk Nowitzki and company save us from suffering through a Miami title?

Five other observations and predictions for the NBA Finals…

1. A key factor in this series is how much DeShawn Stevenson, the Mavericks starter who usually barely plays 15 minutes a game, can slow down Dwyane Wade or LeBron James if given the chance. Most people are assuming he will cover Wade considering the job he did on him during the regular season (2 points in 30 minutes) but if LeBron starts going off, will they slide Stevenson  over? Don’t forget the old Stevenson/LeBron beef from the 2008 playoffs, when Stevenson was on Washington and LeBron was on Cleveland which was big enough to pull in both Jay-Z and Soulja Boy.

2. How much longer can the unexpected renaissance of Jason Kidd and Shawn Marion last? Dallas is going to need Kidd to continue to spread the floor with his three point shooting and outplay the Mario Chalmers/Mike Bibby combination the way he should. Marion will be part of the committee thrown at slowing down LeBron and needs to continue with his surprising offensive contributions to compliment Dirk.

3. Will Dirk Nowitzki still have what Udonis Haslem did to him in 2006 floating around in his head? Yes, the supporting cast is obviously important but the only way Dallas is beating Miami’s big three is if Dirk remains on the level he has been this entire post-season. He needs to play like an all-time great to pull off this upset, especially with the tear LeBron has been on.

4. Even if the previous comments may not indicate it, I do think Dallas will sneak this series out in seven. They have that “team of destiny” feel and I think they will get revenge for what happened in the 2006 Finals. Dirk will remain at the level he has been this post-season and I think the supporting cast will hit enough big shots. Beyond Dirk, Dallas is a collection of former all-stars (Kidd, Marion, and Peja Stojakovic) with one final shot at a ring and I think they will answer the call in a big spot. Miami is going to get their titles eventually, I just don’t think it will happen in year one.

5. It is too bad this series won’t be on TNT. You can’t beat that studio show.

Friday Thoughts On Jets/Chargers

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Friday Thoughts On Jets/Chargers & Divisional Weekend

1. Is anybody else on information overload for this weekend? I may have read 20,000 pages worth of material on Jets vs. Chargers this week, along with listening to another 600 hours of radio/podcasts. Honestly, I am enjoying every second of this Jets playoff run, especially with the Giants, Patriots, and Dolphins sitting at home but I need this game to get here now, the anticipation is killing me.

2. Keep an eye on Thomas Jones this weekend, something tells me he is a little frustrated about all the Shonn Greene is the Jets new number one back talk…not in a negative way but in a competitive, “hey I still ran for 1400 yards and 14 TD’s this year” kind of way. I think Jones is going to have a huge game on Sunday.

3. I love the Jets attitude heading into this game. They sound confident that they are going to be the tougher team and run the ball down the Chargers throat. My cousin reminded me of the Jets/Texans season opener, when most people were picking Houston and Rex Ryan gave a huge speech the night before the game on how the Texans were a finesse team and the Jets were going to punch them in the mouth…we all know how that turned out.

4. The AFC Playoff games are going to be interesting test for the traditional belief that you run and play defense to win championships versus the “this is now a passing league and you have to throw the ball to win”  argument being pumped up by all the national writers (how convenient that when the Jets become the best defense in the league and have the best running game in the league, neither of those things matter). You have the Jets and Ravens, two teams who are great on defense and great at running the ball versus the Colts and Chargers, two teams who can’t run the ball and have average defenses at best…let’s see who comes out on top.

5. I love the Cardinals over the Saints: 37-34…just take the over, sit back and enjoy some great offensive football.

6. I think the Ravens play the Colts extremely tough but Peyton Manning makes a big play at the end to win the game…23-19

7. Bye Bye Brett…Dallas-27 Minnesota – 21

8. You should already know my Jets pick, but if not watch this…