Heat even series at two each
Unfortunately, I have nothing of substance to contribute to the post-game conversation. Wade is really good, Dirk and Howard aren't this bad, those ten Heat turnovers in a row were, I guess, indicative of absolutely nothing we might want to keep in mind long-term.
I will now confess something as shocking as my affinity for Antoine Walker: the Heat winning just does nothing for me. Not because of Wade, or Shaq, or Wade and Shaq, but because from the beginning of the season we'd had them pegged as contendors. Its surprising that the Mavs are where they are today, and interesting to see how they adapt to and deal with situations. We don't know them and have every reason to believe, or to want to believe, that they promise newness around every corner. Miami, though, is the kind of team that should win a championship, and we know just how they would go about doing so. It's high-level execution when it happens, not invention or, dare i say, improvisation. Like the Pistons were this season, like the Lakers were, like any team that never needs to understand resourcefulness can't help but be.
Of course, it never hurts to have this team built around a player like Wade or Kobe, thoroughly predictable in their unpredictability. Whereas I'd almost argue that the Mavs or Suns are the inverse of this: fairly predictable parts organized in a far more organic fashion.