6.21.2006

How It Ended



"The Best Player Ever" missing two free throws that could have sealed the game.

A missed defensive rebound by the Mavericks.

A stupid travelling committed by the Heat.

A Gary Payton grab/no-call

Jason Terry somehow getting a wide open shot anyways, and missing it.

You tell me if this was a good finals or not.

24 Comments:

At 6/21/2006 10:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

did you guys ever think that the reason marquis daniels didnt play more is that aside from his ability to get into the lane and hit 10 footers over smaller guards, he's an absolute mess of a basketball player? overdribbles, no court version, mediocre rebounder, no 3-pt range (random 3 in game 5 though), a waif on defense.....oh wait. this sounds like the perfect guy for your site.

 
At 6/21/2006 10:50 AM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

did you ever think that you can't bring FD down by making fun of us for liking less-than-perfect players?

did you watch him play last night, or whenever it was that he ran shit in the playoffs? your cut-and-pasted scouting report is very sweet, but daniels when given the opportunity does a lot, including some of those things, and is certainly no less limited than devin harris.

SHOW YOUR FACE!!!!

and one more thing. . i'm sure everyone reading this has heard of the fan favorite. why is the FD concept so impossible to grasp, then?

WV: hafeka (what i want to say to a handful of commentors, but in my native tongue)

 
At 6/21/2006 10:53 AM, Anonymous J.E. Skeets said...

I'd like to add: Dirk passing the ball to a moving Erick Dampier.

 
At 6/21/2006 10:59 AM, Anonymous nitro said...

From Anon's post, I get the sense that his/her ideal basketball player is something like a solid Indiana point guard or John Stockton.

 
At 6/21/2006 11:02 AM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

i'm assuming this is the same anon from below. i ordinarily wouldn't waste my time on someone like this, but yesterday was meant to ring in a new era of FD chaunvunism, back to the essence, etc.

 
At 6/21/2006 11:16 AM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

wait, wasn't it actually a double dribble, which is twice as retarded as traveling?

 
At 6/21/2006 11:24 AM, Blogger Dr. Lawyer IndianChief said...

as clearly symbolized by the tomato (is it a vegetable? is it a fruit? is it sweet? is it salty?), this was a finals of conflicted opinions. who knows what to think about wade or marquis daniels. jason terry is a thing of beauty. derek anderson is Freedarko to the death. the whole point of this post was that MY MINDS PLAYING TRICKS ON ME.

 
At 6/21/2006 11:27 AM, Blogger mutoni said...

aside from the absolutely atrocious job done by the refs ever since game 3, and from the Mavs' mental mistakes since that same game; this was still a very entertaining Finals. Wade became WADE, Terry earned himself some nice cash, we saw Shaq's demise, GP and Zo got their rings (sadly, so did Jwill and Walker), and Cuban provided solid laughs (Fuck You! Fuck You! Your League is RIGGED!!!). No complaints from me.

 
At 6/21/2006 11:36 AM, Blogger Brown Recluse, Esq. said...

i'd rather see j-will and toine with rings than GP and zo. i suppose they all had FD cred at various points in their career, but now the latter two are clearly mercenary coattail riders.

at least j-will had a pull up three and toine did the floor shake. keep it true.

 
At 6/21/2006 11:52 AM, Anonymous Ragtime said...

DLIC,
Good point. I feel like this was an inconclusive end to the postseason. Neither team played with excellence, rather, the game was decided by "Who f**ks up less".

-The "foul" by Nowitzki with 30secs left, Payton dribbling off his foot whilst arguing w/ refs, Toine's shimmy, Zo' having one of his bicep-kissing games, JET ice cold from the field, the refs AGAIN having more impact on the game than they should...it didn't make for good basketball-watching, plain and simple.

Regarding Daniels:
I was reminded of a comment on Free Darko about Daniels being interviewed by Josh Howard, and, I think it was Bethlehem who said it, but it was stated that Daniels acted like he actually believed he had somewhere better to be at that moment. Watching him last night was a breath of fresh air. Like I imagine the interview to have played out, it was his egocentric disconnect from the situation at hand that let him play like he did. While the Mavs' burdened collective unconscious lumbered along there was Daniels on the fringe, scoring 12 points in 13 minutes, guarding Wade reasonably well, kicking the ball out to Nowitzki in the corner for three...wait, no, he was fouled making the pass. After his third quarter performance, I really wanted Dallas to win simply because it would validate his debutante effort (and because I find the cast of the Heat, including Arison and Riley, to be deplorable).

While the term X-factor is often loosely applied to anyone under the radar who makes an impact, Daniels is more deserving of the title than anyone I can think of. Hopefully, he will have a greater role with the Mavs next season.

 
At 6/21/2006 12:03 PM, Blogger Kirk Krack said...

So when Shaq groped the finals mvp trophy as it was being handed to Wade during the presentation, has anyone seen anything so aggrandizing and unnecessary?

 
At 6/21/2006 12:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hopefully its the end of hearing "white hot" or "15 strong"

 
At 6/21/2006 1:02 PM, Blogger Drew said...

Terrible finals. Two hateful cities with no history (either in the league or against eatch other). A dick of an owner throwing himself into the spotlight so that we don't forget who the 'real' celebrity is. A dick of a coach ruining all the progress of the last six months by returning the game to a dull-ass, one-man show foul and 20 foot jumpshot fest, and Jerry Stackhouse showing the world why he may be the least valuable player in the league (how many dunks did he miss? two or three in games decided by less than 4 points).

The NBA was on it's way back, and now the Heat/Riley victory has set it back another ten years.

Boo-urns.

 
At 6/21/2006 2:32 PM, Blogger Brown Recluse, Esq. said...

stackhouse's lay-in in the fourth quarter was his grudging admission (finally) that he has lost a few inches on his vertical. but, make no mistake, he can still get up. he had a reverse jam earlier in the playoffs that was mightily slept on; i don't think they even showed a highlight that game. i'm starting to think it may not have really happened.

 
At 6/21/2006 3:29 PM, Blogger stantonandorchard said...

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At 6/21/2006 3:31 PM, Blogger stantonandorchard said...

i did think this morning: what to make of riley in this whole thing? i mean, you want to talk about the heat symbolizing the ability of one ego to overwhelm a collective group. riley needed one season to win a championship and i would say pretty much coached the sh*t out of an average group of players against some established coaches (flip, sort-of) and some of the more up-and-coming coaches (skiles, avery) with equal to better teams. i mean, at the pro level for someone to come in and just say 'no no no, step aside, let me show you how it's done'? that's on some another level mind control, no?

 
At 6/21/2006 4:02 PM, Blogger Dr. Lawyer IndianChief said...

i'm giving stantonandorchard call of the day. you ever go to el sombrero? someone semi-famous told me that they make their margaritas with everclear.

 
At 6/22/2006 1:41 AM, Anonymous pyrex chapman said...

i heard the hat no longer serves margaritas to go. on a hot day in the lower east side, that is truly a travesty trumped only by phantom final minute foul calls.

 
At 6/22/2006 9:21 AM, Blogger Sparkles*_* said...

Let's not look a gift horse in the mouth. These have been the most exciting Finals since...1993?

Question: Cuban clapping at the conclusion of Game 6. Genuine, or another unsound act of over-saturation?

I vote the latter. I bet, deep down, every single member of the Mavs hates his guts.

By the way, what's the Heat's cap room look like this summer? Any chance they could land Jason Terry? I doubt it, but wouldn't pursuing JET be a huge psych move, as well as a good opportunity to tell GP it's time to call it quits?

 
At 6/22/2006 10:50 AM, Blogger stantonandorchard said...

i've been to the hat, but not as of late and come to think of it i haven't seen too many styrafoam cups there lately either. bummer, but then again the whole lower east side has become somewhat of a bummer lately. btw, the lemon-red mix tape that one (or all?) of ya'll did is prolly my favorite in the series. cheers

 
At 6/25/2006 3:53 PM, Anonymous small wonder said...

i had to turn that sh*t off it was such a mess. a group of music bloggers uniting to compose some "mega-mix" was nightmarish in concept and even worse in execution. leave the mashups alone fuckers and stop trying to be so smart !

wv: lkhesrxj (trans: look here, some serious xj-900's!)

 
At 6/27/2006 1:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good god mary jesus son of god, what the hell is wrong with all of you? Its just like in college football, why does everyone hate Miami and it's teams?! Oh yeah you dont live in Miami so your lives consists of going to work, blogging, leaving work, blogging, masturbating using your own tears as lubrication, falling asleep while blogging. Wake up bitches, move to Miami, where even ugly guys like me who write in run-on sentences still get laid with models whenever i desire. Oh yeah and ah, go HEAT!

 
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