D-J’s Rock Dallas – Jason, JJ, Jet Backup Front Man Dirk Perfectly

Dallas 112, Miami 103.  Mavericks are now one game from the Championship.  Series heads back to Miami for Game 6 on Sunday night.

Dallas’ play was no one note song last evening.  Dirk Nowitzki got help from his back-up singers.  Big-time help.

Jason Kidd, JJ Barea and Jason “Jet” Terry wound up being the first set of teammates to each have at least 10 points, 3 assists and 3, 3-point field goals in an NBA Finals Game.

Kidd, who really should file a request to legally change his name to “38 Year Old Point Guard Jason Kidd,” played more minutes than his age and used all his experience and savvy to full advantage.  13 points.

Barea, of whom I had mentioned earlier in a series game had turned in nineteen minutes of some of the worse guard play you’ll ever see at this level…last night turned in twenty-six minutes of some of the better guard play you’ll ever see at this level.  When Rick Carlisle inserted him into the starting lineup after playing poorly earlier in the series, many of us were scratching our heads.  We knew Dallas wanted to play at a higher pitch, but was JJ the right instrument to hit the right notes?

Yes.  JJ conducted the Dallas “3-party movement” perfectly while keeping his team’s tempo just where the Mavericks wanted it…in transition…speed up-and-down.  17 points.

Terry, who may want to change his legal name to “Jet” since he enjoys his trademark airplane celebration so, was 8 of 12 from the floor.  21 points…and stepping up in this series now as a serious second option needing as much defensive attention as Nowitzki.

And Dirk was…just…Dirk…29 points…50% from the floor…100% from the foul line.

The Mavericks shot almost 57% for the game.  They were 13 of 19 from 3-land.  Miami played well enough to win…even with 16 turnovers.  They shot over 50% from the floor, outrebounded Dallas by 10…and even led 99-95 with 4 1/2 minutes left…all this with a hobbled Dwyane Wade playing through a banged-up hip suffered early on.  He led the Heat in scoring with 23 points.

But…Terry hit one of his 3-pointers with just under 3 1/2 minutes left…a Miami miss…Nowitzki slammed in a baseline dunk…a Miami offensive foul and a couple of empty trips…Kidd nailed one of his 3-pointers…105-100 Dallas…and on their way to completing their masterpiece.

I saved LeBron James for the end because this is Dallas’ night to take a bow for.  His record at night’s end was 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.  Those results were compiled after saying this would be his most important game ever.  There will be plenty other people writing about that today, especially in regard to how much of the triple double was accumulated in the fourth quarter.  I keep going back to his free throws.  James had two for the entire night.  He is playing like a point guard.  He needs to play like a superstar.

He may only have one more chance this season…because Dirk apparently isn’t the only note Dallas can play.


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4 Responses to D-J’s Rock Dallas – Jason, JJ, Jet Backup Front Man Dirk Perfectly

  1. JW says:

    Riddle me this: How can one be a “superstar” when one disappears in 4th quarter crunch time? If the Heat lose this series, LeBron is going to be blamed, and this time he won’t be able to dismiss the critics as “that’s just Cleveland.”


    • JW, the real irony in all this is everyone including he has said it would be easier to win championships with more help. I guess that meant letting others do the do-or-die work in crunch time of the Finals. He will be blamed and rightly so. The overall free throw totals and fourth quarter scoring totals are mind-numbing. He has taken big games over before, even earlier in these Playoffs. What IS going on here?


  2. Troy says:

    It’s absolutely apparent that LeBron does not have this ‘killer instict’ gene.

    I’m talking about taking change — win or lose, with help or with no help, great team or terrible team. Michael Jordan had that ‘gene’ even when he was an 18-year-old freshman at UNC, but Dean Smith held it down.

    Forget MJ for a moment — Kobe Bryant displayed it as an 18-year-old rookie. He failed a lot in key situations, but he sure as hell was firing his “assault rifle”. Sure…he’s disappeared in playoff games (i.e twice, maybe three times in 13 years, not four games in one series!)

    Forget MJ for another moment… Magic Johnson had it at Michigan State and then as a Lakers rookie. A 20-year-old Magic Johnson, a rookie, dropped 42 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals on Dr. J and the Sixers in the clinching game six of the 1980 Finals….WHILE PLAYING CENTER….and garnering the Finals MVP award. That’s “The Assassin Gene”!

    LeBron’s been in the Association for eight years. Where’s his ‘Assassin Gene’?


    • Troy, did you see the scowl on Dwyane Wade’s face when he hit a big shot the other night? That was the face of someone who wanted to take on not only the Mavericks but everyone in the arena. Great players don’t just want to win, they want to make you bow down before them. LeBron is still relatively young, but it appears his appearance externally belies what is internally. Maybe he’ll develop the DNA later in his career but if not now…can we really, really expect him to have it down the road after all he already has been through? Still could happen…anything’s possible.


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