Every now and then in a finals game you get to witness someone getting their due diligence. In this case it was journeyman Jason Terry. All year at BCSOM we have proclaimed Terry as the best sixth man in the NBA and in this years finals he did nothing to disprove this theory.
Dirk was as clutch as a super star could be in these finals. Even when he was struggling he found a way to make big shots down the stretch. However Dirk's efforts would have been for naught had it not been for Jason Terry's heroics throughout the finals to keep the games close.
The simple difference between the two teams was simply defense. The Mavericks stuck to their zone principle and made sure they kept the other teams superstars shooting jump shots instead of shooting layups. The Mavericks seemed to always have three people around the ball and they just decided that the Heat were not good enough jump shooters to beat them from the arc.
One thing is of sure, Jason Terry didn't have a problem shooting. He made big shot after big shot and played some incredible defense on Dwyane Wade for most of series. He made Wade work incredibly hard to get shots off and he also pushed the ball side to side more than we are used to seeing Wade or even Lebron work.
The story of these finals will probably be what Lebron didn't do, but the real story should be what the Mavericks did. They shut down some of the most prolific scorers and possibly some of the greatest players of all time in these playoffs. Its a big feat when you punish the Lakers and then you hand it to the Big 3. The Mavericks should be commended.
Stay Breezy ~ I'm Out!