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 its jerseys.
Here’s how it looks on the morning of Thursday, May 26.
Start planning the parade:
Sometimes it just seems like fate. Was there any doubt that the Mavs would corral that offensive rebound last night, and that the ball would end up in Dirk Nowitzki‘s hands, and that his three-pointer would begin the final comeback to put Dallas into the NBA Finals? It certainly felt pre-ordained.
The Mavericks just have too many weapons at their disposal to be stopped over the course of a playoff series, and they have proven in this postseason that their veteran poise will keep the team grounded in even the toughest of circumstances.
Dallas already beat the Heat twice this season — expect them to do it four more times in the coming weeks.
Give it up already:
Perhaps the Bulls can extend the series tonight in Chicago, but there is no way they are winning three straight against this Miami defense. Derrick Rose has given it everything he can, but even the NBA MVP can’t do it alone — especially when he is settling for fadeaway jumpers in late-game situations.
The Bulls achieved to their fullest potential this season, and that potential’s ceiling is Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.