by Micah Hart
Each day until the end of the NBA Finals, we’ll be taking a look at the conventional wisdom of the moment — which team is currently the favorite to win it all, and which team should be ashamed to still be putting on their jerseys.
Here’s how it looks on the morning of Saturday, May 7.
Start planning the parade:
Harp on the Mavs’ history of coming up short in the playoffs all you want, but it’s hard to question the toughness of a team that has two fourth quarter comebacks in three games against the two-time defending champs, and Dirk Nowitzki is playing as well or better than anyone else in the playoffs at present – Derrick Rose included. Dallas is also getting bonus production from unlikely sources — namely, back-from-the-dead Peja Stojakovic, who hit three 3′s and scored 15 off the bench in Game 3. This team is locked and loaded right now, and seeing as they are undefeated at home in these playoffs, are likely to finish off the foundering Lakers in Game 4 on Sunday.
Give it up already:
My word, what has happened to Pau Gasol? Just to prove the point that the NBA is a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately kind of league, Gasol, a winner of multiple NBA championships with the Lakers and a world (and Euro) championship with his native Spain, has once again caused the media to question his resolve and ability to withstand the harsh glare of the postseason spotlight.
Dynasties never go out quietly. Between Gasol’s MIA performance and Ron Artest going off the rails, this Lakers squad is about to face a harsh dose of reality. And let’s face it, Kobe not getting any younger. Oh, and Phil is leaving. And Lamar is married to a Kardashian.
Add it all up, and it could be a while before we see the Lake Show playing basketball in the month of June again.