Congratulations to Dirk Nowitzski, Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, and the rest of the Dallas Mavericks for winning the franchise’s first NBA title. Mavs won in six games with a final score of 105-95. Dirk was named as the Finals MVP. Nowitzski struggled but he did it some important shots. He finished with 21 points. The rest of the team carried him through this struggle but as a team, the Mavs dethroned King James, Dwayne Wade, and the Miami Heat. Jason Terry played great basketball and he went to work while Lebron was in the game. Dirk and Kidd are future Hall of Famers and they were deserving of a championship at this stage of their careers. It was a very good series and credit the Miami Heat for hanging in there but obviously the big three weren’t ready. Lebron James was quoted as saying “At the end of the day, all the people that were rooting on me to fail, at the end of the day, they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today,” he went on to talk about how people will be happy about this failure for days or months but pointed out that they will be back to their personal problems while he and his family will be happy.
Maximized picture of the Larry O'Brien outside the stadium of the last team to come out of the Eastern Conference to win the NBA Finals.
In 2006, Dirk Nowitzski and Jason Terry were apart of a Dallas Mavericks team that went to the NBA Finals. There opponent was led by Dwayne Wade, Shaquille O’Neal, Jason Williams, and Udonis Haslem. The Mavs were up 2-0 in that series before suffering from a mental collapse the rest of the series which allowed the Miami Heat to win their first NBA Championship. Now we fast forward to today where each team has two holdovers from the 2006 Finals. For Dallas, it’s Nowitzki and Terry, and for the Heat it’s Wade and Haslem. It is all about redemption for the Dallas teammates, and on the other side it’s about bringing home another Championship to South Beach. This time around Dirk has a point guard in future Hall of Famer Jason Kidd. He has more veterans such as Shawn Marion, Tyson Chandler, and a guy who is top 5 all-time in three point goals made in NBA history with Peja Stojakovic. Do not also count out the young J.J Barea who at times will probably outscore the entire Miami Heat bench. On the other hand, we have the Heat who have now added Lebron James and Chris Bosh. The new big three garnered so much hate throughout the summer of 2010 and much for the whole season. The expectations were very high and they could be on their way to fulfilling them. The Heat’s bench includes Mario Chalmers, Udonis Haslem, and Mike Miller. The Mavs are the more well-rounded team but a team with Lebron, Wade, and Bosh is expected to win it all as they have all put franchises on their back before coming together before this season started. Will Dirk finally get a ring to minimize his previous playoff failures and push his legacy, or will the trio in Miami reign supreme? Lebron’s decision made headlines last July. In just under five weeks, many analysts and fans will mark the one-year anniversary of “The Decision”. On that day, will fans that hated Lebron rejoice or will they have to come to terms that Lebron is now a winner, a winner of the most coveted prize in basketball?
I made my predictions for the first round of the Eastern Conference earlier and now it is time for the Western Conference.
1. San Antonio Spurs
8. Memphis Grizzlies
My Winner- Memphis
This is my shocker pick because in my opinion, Memphis has what it takes to go against the number one team. This series will go seven games. I am high on guys like Tony Allen, Zach Randolph, and OJ Mayo if he gets his act together. Timmy D may just be too old for this series and I just have no faith in the Spurs this year as a number one seed.
4. Oklahoma City Thunder
5. Denver Nuggets
My Winner- OKC
As much as I want to choose Denver for the likes of Lawson, Jr Smith, KMart, and Nene, I will be choosing OKC for those very same reasons. Denver is very sporadic and can prove to be too immature for the series if they do not get off to a quick start. Expect Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook to play MVP style basketball in route to knocking the Nuggets out in six. I am being generous.
3. Dallas Mavericks
6. Portland Trailblazers
My Winner- Dallas
Portland will be tough for Dallas in every game and it will show in the box score but Dallas will surprisingly sweep this team.
2. Los Angeles Lakers
7. New Orleans Hornets
My Winner- Los Angeles
This will be a tough series for the Lakers and may very well be the toughest. Expect the best closer in the game since MJ to go the full seven games to rid of the Hornets. Just a gut feeling.
What do you think about my predictions in my first ever article?