As you might imagine, Mavs fans were a little excited. The foks over at Mavs Moneyball took great delight in recounting the final moments of their team's first NBA Title:
With the clock ticking down, Dallas defense took on a new level of insane, forcing turnovers and blocking shots. They even managed some second chance points thanks to a few offensive rebounds. The Mavericks began playing with the clock, running it down before they took their shots. They had a nine point lead with just under three minutes to play, and then Dirk, with hands in his face, hit a beautiful jump shot. It was at this point that Heat fans quietly began to file out of the arena. Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present to you, your 2011 NBA Champions, the Dallas Mavericks.
Meanwhile, forlorn Miami Heat fans are left to wonder what could have been as they look ahead to next season. Heat blog Peninsula Is Mightier thinks the Heat have more story to tell but can't overlook the fact that head coach Erik Spoelstra got out-coached.
The shooting was really amazing to watch, though quite hard from a Heat fans perspective. The Mavs D was just as good, keeping Miami off balance and uncomfortable for a good part of the series. Make no mistake, the Heat will be back, but you have to hope that they learn some very valuable lessons in this one because they were definitely out-played and while I think Erik Spoelstra did a good job, he was still out coached by Carlisle, who couldn't seem to make a wrong move.