Did the refs bad call at the end of the first quarter cost Dallas the game? The no-call in which Mario Chalmers was actually backcourt, but the refs didn’t see it that way. In a word, no. No single moment in a game loses teams games. When a team plays they have multiple opportunities. That no-call should never have happened, but Dallas shouldn’t have been out-scored in the paint 44-20. Dallas needed to defend the rim early on because Lebron and Dwayne came out of gates practically dunking on every play. Shawn Marion and Tyson Chandler didn’t really stay in front of the ball or defend the rim very well until the second half. Maybe they were afraid that they wouldn’t have a backup because Brendan Haywood was injured. However if Dallas played the kind defense they did when they go on runs to catch up in games, they wouldn’t need to play from behind every time.
Dallas dominated in many aspects of the game. So much so that it’s mind-boggling how they were down in the first place. They out-rebounded the Heat 42-36, and their bench out-scored Miami’s by a margin of 25-19. What made this game the way it was, was that the Dallas Mavericks did not start aggressively enough. Dirk scored 34 points but only 2 points in the first quarter. Shawn Marion needed to shoot the ball a bit better and choose better moments to shoot. He scored 10 points on only 4 of 12 shooting. Jason Kidd scored 9 points on 3 of 8 shooting, which isn’t terrible, but it could have been better. Dallas lost the game so it needed to be better. Dallas can expect to play every game from behind and win this series, because I’ll tell you one thing, it’s not going to happen. The starters need to help more. Period.
The Heat didn’t play a flawless game either, but it was enough. Chris Bosh forgot how to shoot for 2 quarters of the game, the Heat allow the Maverick defense to dictate their offense at times, and they have a massive rebounding problem. I thought the rebounding problem was fixed but this is the second game in a row that Dallas has out-rebounded Miami. Miami needs to fix this if it intends win this series. They did a good job surviving one game in Dallas, but they won’t survive long if the level of play does not increase. Dwayne Wade and Lebron James are playing crazy good, and Chris Bosh plays well in streaks, but this team needs it’s bench to not get run over by the Mavericks. Mike Miller and Juwan Howard played 18 minutes between the two of them and scored a collective 1 point and 3 rebounds. That’s just not enough production for two people. Mario Chalmers plays well when he comes in but he’s the only one. I see Haslem, and I don’t see what the big deal about him is. He scores and rebounds, which I understand, but nobody is changing their game plan for Udonis Haslem. The reason why the Heat are playing well is because of James, Wade and Bosh.
Do we have a game seven on our hands? I hope this is the series that can go the distance because both of these teams are electric.