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 Monday, June 6.
Start planning the parade:
All hail Dwyane Wade, the ultimate playoff closer. The Mavericks had no answer for him in Game 3, and I don’t reckon they’ll find one before this series comes to an end. Also, that game-winning shot from the baseline by Chris Bosh? That’s there any time they want it, and CB4 is one of the best mid-range shooters in the NBA. Kind of a nice option to have, yeah?
We all know the stat by now — of the 11 Finals series that were tied 1-1 since the NBA went to the 2-3-2 format, the team that won Game 3 won the title all 11 times. Miami will make it 12-for-12 in just a few more days.
Give it up already:
The Mavericks continue to amaze with their ability to rally from large deficits, but at some point you wonder why they keep falling behind by such big margins so often. In this case, it’s simple — they aren’t as good as their opponents.
For the second time in three games, the Dallas bench came up short. For something that was supposed to be a big advantage for Big D coming into this series, they are running short on time to make their mark. Jason Terry is a hit-or-miss contributor, and Game 3 was a miss. It almost seemed like he wanted to erase his tattoo.
Dirk Nowitzki is unbelievably good, and it almost seems like he can do this on his own. He can’t. Which is why the Dallas run is nearly at its end.