Thursday, May 19, 2011
Dirk Goes to Work & a Udonis Haslem Sighting in Chicago
Chicago fans should be worried, I believe the curse of Michael Jordan hovers over the city. For him to be known as the greatest player to ever do it, Derrick Rose & these Bulls will not fill his shoes & Chicago fans will not have another run like they did in the Jordan era, those expectations are far fetched with the current team. It's like it's too soon for the Bulls to be back in the NBA Finals after the Jordan era & Jordan had a much better supporting cast than Derrick Rose. I still expect the series to go 7 games but with the Heat being the victor & advancing to play the Mavs being the 2nd time Dirk Nowitzki & Dwyane Wade meet in the NBA Finals.
Speaking of Dirk, WOW, that was NBA 2K11 video game statistics by the "White Mamba", how Charles Barkley referred to Nowitzki. Then Kenny Smith called him the "German Sheperd", hilarious; those guys on TNT trip me out. I would just refer to him as "The Nowitzki", he earned a title after the guys on ESPN First Take actually debated whether or not Dirk is a soft player the day before his stunning performance. 48 points on 12 of 15 shooting, 24-24 from the free throw line & "oh yeah" let's not forget he had 4 blocks, 6 rebounds & 4 assist. Charles Barkley made a good point when stating that it was not Dirk who beat the OKC Thunder because Kevin Durant scored 40 which nearly negated Dirk's scoring but their was an undersized point guard people didn't give a chance by the name of J.J. Barea who scored 21 points attacking the paint & knocking down 2 shots from behind the arch. Jason Terry "The Sniper" showed his consistency going 4-8 from 3 point land & maintaing the trust of Dirk when he gets doubled on the low block. Jason Terry, J.J. Barea & Jason Kidd keeps the Thunder defense honest, making Nowitzki unstoppable as Serge Ibaka found out. Don't be disgusted with yourself, it's just how Dirk makes every defender look. Like Derrick Rose in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals Russell Westbrook was slowed down by the Mavs interior defense, shutting down the paint causing Westbrook to go 3 of 15 from the field with only 20 points with 14 of those points coming from the free throw line making it obvious that every shot he put up was contested. However, the key factor in Westbrook's Game 1 is that he only had 3 assist in 38 minutes as a POINT GUARD, you'll lose everytime that way.