By Marcus Thompson
Friday, May 4th, 2007 at 3:02 pm in Uncategorized.
Last night, after experiencing Game 6 live, I got home at about 1 a.m. I had my wife DVR the game for me so I could dissect it Friday. But before I knew it, I was on the edge of my seat at 3 a.m., watching Jax drop in 3-pointers like socks in a hamper.
That was the most surreal experience I’ve ever had in basketball. I am just totally befuddle at how the Warriors just made the Mavericks look like CYO consolation champions.
I was so drooling over the Mavericks this year. I thought they had the most complete team in the league. I was such a huge fan of what Dirk had become and how he’d lifted that team. Josh Howard was, to me, one of the most underrated players in the league. I like the kind of guy Avery is. I love Cuban’s persona and craziness. I mean, that was a team I could get behind.
And the Warriors just chumped them!
The crazy part is that the Warriors got nothing from Al Harrington, very little from Monta, and much less from Jason Richardson they they’re used to getting. Anyway, he’res a recap of the series from one reporters perspective:
BEST MOVE: Nellie sitting Al Harrington and starting Andris Biedrins — We all knew how the Warriors would play. Nellie kept saying that he had his eight guys and he were going to play how they play. So after Avery reponds to small ball by going big, Nellie countered with Andris. They had no answer for him, when you think about it. He limited how much Diop hurt the Warriors (and he was hurting the Warriors) and he took the pressure off Baron and others to finish their own drives – which is what they were forced to do in the first couple of games. Andris is their best finisher, and his energy, coupled with the crowd, was way too high voltage for the Mavs.
WORST MOVE: Avery starting with the small lineup in Game 1. That was checkmate right there. He changed the entire tenor of the series by chasing Nellie.
BEST PLAYER: Baron Davis. No doubt. He deserves mention among the game’s most clutch players.
WORST PLAYER: Jason Terry. I know, everyone is thinking Dirk. But I think Dirk at least kept the attention of the Warriors. He kept the Warriors honest on defense and lured two or three defenders to his area. Those other defenders were focused on Josh Howard. That should’ve opened it up for Terry to have a big series. When he’s not scoring, he’s not contributing anything, not even drawing the attention of the defense to open up things for his teammates.
BEST GAME: I have to go with Game 5, even though the Warriors lost. That was such a riveting game. So many peaks and valleys. Up 21. Down 9. 15-0 run to close the game. The Warriors were knocking down threes left and right. Dirk stepped up. There was the Jax ejection, the Richardson incident. That game was just chilling.
WORST GAME: Game 2. The Warriors meltdown, with Baron and Jax getting ejected, really tainted the game. That wasn’t playoff basketball.
BEST ROLE PLAYER: Matt Barnes. He did everything. Defended. Rebounded. Scored. Ran point. Committed hard fouls. Got in the Mavericks head. Dunks on Dirk after getting blocked by Dirk. He was awesome.
WORST ROLE PLAYER: Greg Buckner. They bought him in to defend. He couldn’t guard anybody. And he didn’t bring anything on offense.
BEST RUN: The Warriors third quarter surge during Game 6 was so dominant. They just took the life out of the Mavericks, who had fought so hard to get back in the series, in one fell swoop. The crowd was as loud as you’d ever heard. Even Carlos Santana and Snoop got hyphy.
WORST RUN: The Warriors’ scoreless drought to end Game 5. There’s no excuse for going 3 minutes, 20 seconds without scoring, especially when one basket at the right time wins the game and ends the series.