Conventional wisdom: LeBron James edition

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 Wednesday, June 8.

Start planning the parade:

Dallas Mavericks

The screenplay I am writing about the Mavericks’ championship season is starting to become too fantastic. I may have to tone it down so it will be a little more believable when I start shopping it to the studios.

Come on, Dallas, really? You win a game when your franchise, the one guy who has to have it going for you at all times, comes down with the flu, has a bad shooting night, commits the ultimate sin of MISSING A SINGLE FREE THROW, and you still somehow pull out another come-from-behind victory?

Walt Disney won’t even look me in the eye with that pitch.

Clearly, this Dallas team is more than just Dirk Nowitzki. Jason Terry, for all his yapping the last few days, did what champions do and backed up his talk when it counted.

Dirk, unlike LeBron James, knows what to do when the chips are pushed in to the middle – he attacks. He couldn’t hit water from a boat last night from the perimeter, but still managed to score more points in the fourth quarter than LBJ did in the entire game, and that, my friends, ain’t a coincidence.

They may have to disinfect the Larry O’Brien trophy after Nowitzki touches it because of the German’s germs, but so be it. The Mavericks storybook ending is just two games away now.

Give it up already:

Miami Heat

Gregg Doyel, you were a game early with your question for LeBron. Scottie Pippen thinks this guy could be better than Jordan? MJ never scored less than eight points in a Finals’ quarter, forget a whole game.

Dwyane Wade has got to be rethinking his decision to re-up with the Heat in the offseason. After all, he could have gone home to Chicago and made sweet music with a guy like Derrick Rose who actually, you know, doesn’t pretend there is an invisible forcefield around the painted area when the season is on the line, doesn’t play hot potato with the basketball as soon as it touches his hands in the fourth quarter.

Here is a stat: 44-9. You know what that stands for? That is the scoring numbers for Dirk vs. LeBron in the fourth quarter of the four Finals games so far. Don’t tell me that doesn’t mean something. It means everything. James can say all he wants about making the right basketball play, hitting the open man, etc., but last I checked the best way to win a basketball game is to score more points than the opposition. When you are playing 3-on-5 every possession, you are going to have to actually attempt a shot or two on occasion.

Seriously, how do you lose that game with Wade playing the way he did? How do you blow another big fourth-quarter lead?

Put that coffee cup down, LeBron. Coffee is for closers only.

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  3. OzHeatFan says:

    D.Wade and Dirk are fighting tooth and nail for this ring… LBJ has become a non-factor as every game in the series progresses… He better pull that rabbit out of the hat or he will never live this one down.

  4. The King's Crown says:

    mich hart, calm down. you will be writing an article praising lebron when he drops more points than you can count. You hate to see someone who works for NBA.com be swayed so easily by every game. get a spine.

  5. allaround baller says:

    I still think miami slightly has better chance. Being heroic all 4 games is very difficult. On this final, Dirk’s job is even harder than MJ. If he wins, it’s gonna be BIG TICKET to HOF.

    Somehow we see that Lebron decision is right, he need this. A Final is never really count on him. Yes he’s a great baller, allaround player and physically superb but hardly a closer. There are Dywane, Kobe, Dirk and soon Durrant.

    It’s a mental game bron

  6. Ethan says:

    You know. Many People Think That Dallas did not have a single chance on the miami heat. And Basically… For me. It Aint’ True . The Mavs know how to cope up with the lineup. The only thing that dallas lacks now is making plays.. Which the miami heat has advantage of. Isolation with Nowitzki is a go.. But then sometimes you need to round up the ball, Rotate it. Lastly we must know that the Dallas is capable of chasing a 15 + point lead in the 4th Quarter. Some people think that the Miami Heat has the Big Three.. But then think again… The Mavs have Nowitzki, Marion and Stevenson. LETS GO MAVS!

  7. CUBBYLAR says:

    STOP HUFFIN AND A PUFFIN CANT YOU GUYS SEE THAT ITS GONNA COME DOWN TO WADE OR NOWITZSKI, LEBRON IS ONE OF THE GAMES GREATEST PLAYERS BUT HE DOESNT HAVE THE NERVES TO PLAY THE FINALS WHEN THE GAMES ON THE LINE, COMPARING HIM WITH JORDAN IS A JOKE,JORDAN ALWAYS UPPED HIS GAME WHEN IT WAS IMPORTANT, LEBRON EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE YOU CAN SEE HIS BODY LANGUAGE,HIS NERVES MAY GET BETTER IN A FEW SEASINS BUT NW NO CHANCE YOU WILL SEE JUST WATCH THE UPCOMING GAMES, MAVS IN 6.

  8. Jayar says:

    Micah Hart, I respect your opinion,. you are likely rooting mavs. You are telling people who’s going to win and whose not but I tell you this, isn’t it too early to say? Even when your mavs win Game 5 it doesn’t mean anything yet. Too early for your imagination. Let’s see whether your mavs will be the champs. Watch Game 5, YOU’LL See. . .but until your mavs are not yet champs don’t celebrate yet, coffee is for doubters, it will make you nervous till the end

  9. jone says:

    lebron will wake up on game5, just watch, heat in 6..

  10. gdog says:

    Lebron closed many games of the boston and chicago series,you lebron haters are a joke.Premature celebration.Get ready to eat your words!!!!