Once again LeBron walks away from the NBA Finals stage with a bitter taste in his mouth once again. I start to wonder if the superstar will ever get the job done. The bottom line is you have to win your home games. The Heat just did not do that. You can look past their first loss at home since they got that game back as soon as they shipped out to Dallas but their performance in Game 6 was miserable. The team that clearly wanted it more won. Congratulations to Jason Kidd, you deserve this. Congratulations to Dirk Nowitzki, you certainly deserve this as well. Jason Terry, you may now breathe a sigh of relief as you have validated your ridiculous tattoo. LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, shame on you. This was your finals to lose and you lost it.
In my opinion the game can be summed up in one simple stat, 20-33 from the free throw line. The Heat were successful in getting to the line and shot 15 more free throws than the Mavs did. The Heat had Tyson Chandler and DIrk Nowitzki in early foul trouble. The Heat never capitalized. They had one brief shining moment near the end of the first half when they were down 12 and rallied a 14-0 run to close the gap ending the half only down 2 points. Everyone had to be thinking, here comes the Heat. But no, Dirk decided it was time to stop messing around, it was the finals after all. Maybe the Heat never got that memo. Maybe they didn't realize this was an elimination game for them. Maybe they were too busy mocking Dirk and talking about how many rings the bunch of them would collect together. Well right now that total is 0, and they have no one to blame but themselves.
Next year the Heat MUST kick it in to high gear and nab their first championship with their big three. The longer they wait to get it done, the stronger the eastern conference gets. Lets face it I think it would be a miracle if the Mavs went back to back. The Celtics are way too old. Chicago is only going to get better but they may not be there just yet. Who knows what will happen with Knicks. I would like to think they will make an off-season move or two and come back with a big three of their own but only time will tell. One thing LeBron absolutely must do though is win one very soon. He may not have been paying attention but his old friends the Cavaliers have the top two picks in the NBA Draft. They also have a ridiculous amount of cap room to play around with. LeBron's career will be the ultimate embarrassment if ever there comes a time when the Cavs knock off the Heat in the Finals. Kick it in to high gear