"That's why we don't feed the dog people food."
"No, I love YOU more."
The parade of Eastern Conference losers marketing cell phone companies is but a brief intermission in what I will finally admit is one of the most competitive, if not the most well-played Finals series in quite some time. Regardless of who wins, the best Finals' teams never have this many missed free throws (Heat), stars getting outshined by supporting cast (Mavs), questionable defenders in the starting lineup (Heat), or difficulty making use of a 2-0 series lead (Mavs). It still appears that neither team is committed to going for the throat. Dwyane Wade is trying to do too much and amazingly succeeding most of the time. Shaq is exhausted, just begging for the double-teams to come over so he doesn't have to try to make quick moves to the basket. Jason Terry is the most important player in the series and I am crying racism if Dirk wins Finals MVP, no matter what happens for the rest of the series.
I'm not really sure there's much more to say than what Bethlehem Shoals has already spit at you in neon over the past few weeks.
No less than eight times before halftime did I hear Avery Johnson "extolled" for moving the Mavericks from downtown Miami to Ft. Lauderdale, completely reinforcing the point that I have made 1000 times about the New NBA being an association that preaches asceticism as a way to a better life. The players were moved away from vacation-like "distractions" and were forced to take roommates instead of having rooms to themselves. As Stuart Scott informed me, Dirk, unaware of this plan, initially moved the two beds in his room together. Darrell Armstrong walked in shortly after, Dirk referred to him as "black college" (Fayetteville State) and the two spent the rest of their time together watching soccer and listening to German rap music. Now that sounds boring as fuck. If the Mavs win tonight, expect the hotel move to be given more credit than Jason Terry, one of the most single(offense)-minded players in the league, who has been more of a joy to watch than any other player in these playoffs.