by Micah Hart
After each game day until the end of the NBA Finals, we’ll be taking a look at the conventional wisdom of the moment — which team is the current 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 Friday, June 3.
Start planning the parade:
I don’t know how many times it has to happen before teams begin to understand — STOP GETTING 15-POINT LEADS ON THE MAVERICKS! What are you, idiots? Don’t you know what that means? A 15-point deficit to Dallas is like popping open a can of spinach for Popeye. It’s over.
This Mavericks team is the toughest band of SOBs the playoffs have ever seen. They are the the bad guy in a horror movie; every time you think they’re dead they rise anew to torment and torture their opponents.
Payback for 2006 is upon us, and now that the Mavs have yanked home-court advantage away from the Heat, look for them to finish the job in front of their hometown fans with three straight in Big D.
Give it up already:
The Heat love nothing more than an early celebration, whether in July or with a 15-point lead, and as we all know, vanity is the devil’s favorite sin.
You knew the Heat’s penchant for late-game meltdowns would surface at some point, and I don’t know if there are enough games left for Miami to overcome the devastation of last night’s loss.
And by the way: Scottie Pippen! You-know-who wouldn’t settle for long jumpers down the stretch of every important game? Exactly.