Dallas Mavericks up 18 entering fourth quarter of Game 4 in first round series vs. Portland. Trail Blazers win.
Best thing that ever could have happened to Dallas. Friendly reminder to play to the final buzzer. You never know.
Two games in their third round series vs. Oklahoma City. Down big (once by as much as 15 in a fourth quarter)…but having been forged from that Portland blaze earlier…Dallas played to the final buzzer both times and won. You never know.
LeBron James started these NBA Playoffs referring to the Miami Heat’s first round series vs. Philadelphia as “breakfast,” a play on the fact there are four “meals” in the post-season.
Miami dropped “dessert” all over its American Airlines Arena floor…and what a hell of a mess they have to clean up now.
Seven minutes and change left and Heat up 15…after Dwyane Wade hits a beautiful three from deep in the corner…and then freezes solid as a statue for photo ops. Oops.
Dallas – already going to play to the final buzzer (see above…”you never know”…) – now had extra incentive. No doubt they retained a mental photo of not only Wade’s shot but his temporary, self-induced paralysis.
And off the Mavs went…the final seven minutes where they played to the final buzzer. You never know.
If Jason Terry had not wandered away from Mario Chalmers with 24.5 seconds left, leaving Chalmers to hit a three to tie the game, the Miami Heat would have had NO field goals during those final seven minutes.
You play to the final buzzer. You never know.
Many fans legitimately will travel to the last set play of the game…Dirk Nowitzki was surely going to have the ball…the Heat certainly would force him to give it up…and they also had a foul to give which they would use immediately if Dirk retained possession after the double-team took effect.
Jason Kidd held the ball on the inbound, running the clock down. He passed to an open Nowitzki. Dirk drove past Chris Bosh and made a layup. Mavericks win 95-93.
While Miami spent the first forty-one minutes of Game 2 stashing a series worth of highlight reel material in the can, they compiled it with focus, determination and hustle. They then tabled that “Big Three” and spent the final seven minutes shooting ridiculous jumpers and planning the parade route.
Dropped your dessert, Heat. You made the mess. Get it cleaned up quickly. Next three in Big D.
Oh…and play to the final buzzer. You never know.