NBA Finals, Game 2: The One We’ll Remember

Posted on June 3, 2011


Dirk being Dirk

photo courtest of: IBTimes

Written by: Elliot Heller

The fourth quarter was a story of two halves. The rest of the game was a story within itself. The last two minutes of the game served as a perfect model of the craziness that has been the 2011 NBA playoffs.

It started with the Mavericks trailing 75-71 and trying to claw their way back to take the lead. After a Dallas field goal, their supposed power house offense self-destructed. One unforced turnover and ugly shot at a time, the Mavs saw their deficit get larger and larger. Even the good shots they took went in and out of the basket.

It was over. Hard to watch for the Dallas faithful, which knew their team had to win this one to stay in the series.

Dwyane Wade’s three with 7:14 to go put the exclamation point on a 13-0 run. It was over.

Or not.

All of a sudden, after a Dallas timeout, things started to go the Mavericks’ way. Their defense put on a show, and quietly, the Mavs made it a game. LeBron missed a layup off a pick-and-roll and the Mavs had a fastbreak or two along the way. But what was the key moment in that 17-2 run that tied the game?

With 3:54 left on the clock, Jason Kidd took a pass from Nowitzki and sank a three, turning a still comfortable nine-point lead for Miami into a two-possession game and letting the Heat know that they don’t go down that easily in big D.

Of course, it couldn’t be that easy. Jason Terry fell asleep on defense and left a wide open Mario Chalmers to tie it up with a triple of his own. But then Dirk did what Dirk does, simply schooling Chris Bosh to the basket with 3.6 on the clock.

That may have been the game-winner, but the real story of this game was defense. Miami’s stifling defense for the first 18 minutes of the second half that went soft when it mattered the most. Dallas’ defensive awakening that fueled The Comeback.

As the Mavs have proven time and again throughout these playoffs, it just ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings. You just can’t count out Dallas.

Will this be a turning point in the series as it heads to Dallas? Who knows? We’ll just have to wait it out.

But one thing’s certain. No matter the result, Game 2 is the one we’ll remember.

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