Wow. What a game tonight. We've got a lot to discuss so send in your questions, observations, etc. about Game 3 and let's get this thing rolling.
Die hard Miami fan here! With the stats for the 2-3-2 series, and the winner of game 3 winning 100%,. . .I'm really not at ease w/ that stat, do you think the Mavs will fight back?
Great way to open this chat, Mario. First, so everyone knows, since the Finals switched to a 2-3-2 format in '85, we've seen 11 series tied at 1-1. For every single one of those series, the winner of Game 3 has gone on to win the series. Of course, that stat essentially means nothing in this series but it's pretty remarkable. Tonight was a huge win for the Heat and they showed they could close out a tight game and hold on for the W even with a loud crowd on the road. I don't think the Mavs are going to throw in the towel just yet but I do think the momentum has switched back in favor of Miami.
I just wanted say what a great game and more so that this series would be over if not for Thursdays mishap from Miami they have no bigs hot and cold shooters and still managed to beat Dallas in Dallas after such a collapse!! MIAMI is the real deal! People better start getting used to that! Wait till they get a big man and better shooters can u say dynasty!
Woah, woah, woah. Let me stop you here for a second, Geoff. A dynasty??? They haven't won the series just yet. Let's hold off using such big words for the time being. But hard to argue that their future isn't incredibly bright.
Who is playing at an mvp level lebron,wade or dirk?
Looking at this series alone, I think both Dirk and Wade have made a claim for that title. Wade had 29 points tonight and was the major reason the Heat took this game. Dirk, despite missing the potential game winner, scored the Mavs' final 12 points tonight and is the reason Dallas took Game 2. I think Dirk is doing more but Wade is playing the best for the team with a 2-1 series edge. As for LeBron, he's had some impressive plays and moments but I don't think he's in the same conversation over the past three games.
Are the Heat more thrilled to have regained homecourt or more frustrated realizing they should be up 3-0 and 1 game away from a championship?
I obviously can't speak for the Heat but I would think at this point they're just excited to have reclaimed the series lead and proud of themselves for regrouping after Thursday's collapse. They can now put Game 2 completely behind them and try and come out on Tuesday playing like they did tonight with their confidence firmly in tact.
What will it take for the Mavs to come back and win game 4?
Another player who can make shots at the end of the game would probably help, JT. Dirk carried this team in the end but he can't do it alone. Terry (15) and Marion (10) were the only other players in double figures for Dallas tonight and neither of them scored in the 4th quarter.
Does the MVP award go to the player with the best finals or overall playoff performance? If overall, I think lebron would be more suited than wade, if the heat win. He's had more of a consistently solid performance where wade has had his ups and downs.
Hypothetically it goes to the player that have the best overall playoffs but if there is one player that won the title for the team, they usually get it. But we have a ton of basketball left to play so anything is possible.
Is it just me or was this the worst officiating job I have seen in these playoffs? It seems like the refs made predetermined call after predetermined call! What do you think?
A lot of questions, comments, complaints, straight-up tirades about the refs tonight. This was one of the much nicer ones. Although the use of 'predetermination' makes me think of the Puritans and/or 10th grade history class. Regardless, there were some questionnable calls tonight and I can see why Heat fans may be scratching their heads. The Mavs had 27 chances from the stripe whereas the Heat had just 15. That is a substantial disparity. However, just three nights ago I had several Mavs fans writing in with similar complaints. Not much to say or do about it in all honesty. Just hope it doesn't impact the final outcome of the game.
Good to see bosh come through in the clutch, especially after dirk undressed him at the end of game 2. Is he the most important of the big 3 in this series,
Glad to see you're still a fan of his in Toronto, Joe! Bosh's jumper in the final minute was huge for Heat tonight, Joe. He finished with 18 points and three boards. I think Wade has been the most important member of the Big Three in the Finals so far but Bosh can be a major factor going forward and he needs to have a huge game on Tuesday on both ends of the floor for MIA to take a 3-1 series lead.
Do you think more people watched this game since Miami lost? I mean let's be honest not many people would care if Mavs were down 0-3. Miami losing was,good in a way it got there focus back.
I think the Heat losing was a very good thing for ratings and general interest. No one wants to watch a completely one-sided fight. I'm sure David Stern wsa very happy about the Mavs comeback on Thursday. He'll be even happier if they can win on Tuesday and have this series goes as long as possible.
How much do you think Brendan Haywood not playing tonight affected this game?
Wow. Billy Bob Thorton. That's creative. Welcome to the chat, dude. Loved you in Bad Santa. Haywood's absence definitely left a void for the Mavs. Chandler struggled scoring (except for that ridiculous dunk) and the team could have used some quality minutes from Haywood. His replacement, Ian Mahinmi, played eight minutes and had two points, a rebound and five fouls. Not exactly what Carlisle was looking for I would imagine.
Do you think the Heat are in a catch 22 if they do end up winning the title? Seems as if most don't want to even give them credit for making it this far.
Well, it will certainly be better for the Heat if they win the title but I know what you're saying, Herman. Their road to this point has been largely discredited because of their roster and how they came together. In many ways they are expected to win. If they lose, they will have to endure months and months of criticism in the offseason but if they win, I think a lot of people will give them credit for the victory. It just not might be the same as other teams would get.
Do u think that if miami can ever get some calls they can win by 20?
I said there were a few calls that Heat fans could be angry over. But let's not get carried away, Stuart.
Will the injury to Chris Bosh's eye prevent him from playing in the next game?
Seeing as he was able to finish tonight's game and was a major contributor, I don't forsee (get it?) any issues going forward. I would think he'll be fine for Game 4.
Hey D'Arcy its Dwyane..after the chicago series i was hearing much talk about Bron becoming the closer of this team..your thoughts?
So weird. I thought you were getting ready for your press conference and here you are chatting with us. You've certainly stepped up during the Finals after struggling in the ECF. I think every team should want to have more than one guy who can finish games and if the Heat have two, all the power to ya.
When wade has one decent game he's an MVP;but Lebron has multiple good games and he's just ok! Why is that??
First, for reasons fair or otherwise, the expecations for LeBron are higher than they are for almost anyone else. I think when you have an hour-long TV special where you announce your future team, it kind of comes with the territory. But, I also don't think anyone is saying LeBron is just okay. He just hasn't played as well as Wade in the Finals. Plain and simple.
So what do you think on mario chalmers coming through big, do you think he deserves the start instead of mike bibby?
Good question, Alan. Chalmers has consistently played better than Bibby over the playoffs and yet Bibby continues to be the starter. Chalmers however has frequently played more minutes (29 tonight versus Bibby's 19) and has been a much better contributor. I think Spoelstra is going with the old 'if it ain't broke' mantra and likes having Chalmers to come in off the bench. Chalmers will continue to get more minutes though as this series continues, Bibby is just the starter in name only at this point.
Do you think the Mavs are in as bad of a spot as people are saying due to the winners of game 3 win series 100% of time ?? I just am not feeling like its not going to be that easy but the mavs need people to step up
They play the game for a reason, Mark. While the stat is fascinating and very revealing, it doesn't really mean anything about this series specifically. It's just worth repeating because it's so one-sided. The Mavs are down but certainly not out. A win on Tuesday would change this whole series... again.
How impressed were u on how miami played tonight after the collapse of game 2
Very impressed, Hector. They came out with something to prove and managed to hold off multiple runs from the Mavs. I wasn't sure how they would do in that position tonight but they obviously learned from their mistakes and came away with the W.
if the miami heat win the championship i will stop watching basketball. lebron took the easy way out. to be compared to jordan is a slap in the face. three superstars on one team is slaughterhouse
You just ruined David Stern's night. I don't think a Heat stronghold in the East for the next several years wouldn't be good for the league or the game but they haven't won anything just yet.
Say the Heat win the Finals. Do you think they will be the next Lakers, a team everyone hates and loves?
I think the Heat are already in that rarified category of teams we collectively love to hate. Joining the Lakers, the Yankees, the Cowboys and Duke basketball. And Man U for all of the international chatters.
Why do people like David dislike Heat so much? How are Heat big 3 so different from Boston?
The Celtics Big Three were signifciantly older when they came together and Allen and KG came to the Celts through trades. Not television specials.
The way I see it, a true championship team win based on team, not superstars. Mavericks is the team and heats is the superstars.
That may be but whichever teams wins will be true champion. For better or worse.
I never really understood why Lebron gets so criticized for going to the Heat? He did what was in his best interest to get a ring and I agree that the way he did it may not have been right but if that's the only thing he did wrong then why don't people like him? Personally, I hope they win so it will be the biggest "I told you so" in the history of basketball
Brad, it's not that LeBron decided to go to the Heat, it's how he announced that decision and handled the whole scenario. It's one thing to want to win a ring, it's another to not to have a TV special around it and not even tell the Cavs until the show is live. People expect better from LeBron. He's been groomed for the spotlight and is clearly comfortable in that role. He made a poor decision (no pun intended) for how he handled it and unfortunately people haven't forgotten. A title could help that however.
If Heat win shouldn't Pat Riley get all the credit?
All the credit? I don't think so, Jay. He hasn't actually made a basket himself. But he certainly deserves a ton of credit for getting these players together and having the vision to think it could work the way it has.
If the Mavs have Caron Butler I think they definitely win this series. Agree?
Caron Butler would be a huge game-changer for the Mavs if he were healthy and able to play. Would imagine he would be able to step up in the 4th with Dirk and make some shots. Could be the X factor but unfortunately, I don't think we'll know. I doubt he'll play in this series and even on the remote chance he does, I can't imagine he would be anywhere near 100%.
Do you agree that Wade is the Jordan and LeBron is the Pippen of the Heat?
I think that the LeBron and Wade aren't Jordan and Pippen. We compare them to that duo because of their similarities but honestly, I just don't think that comparison is fair to either party. Both LBJ and Wade have the ability to step up and have huge games and I don't think it's neccesarily as obvious which one of these guys means more to the Heat (unlike with the Bulls). It's easy to use these players as a framework but I'm just not sure it's appropriate.
Being a Laker fan, I find it very hard to root for either team. But unfortunately I have to root for the Mavs because I despise Lebron James. Do you think this is a common stance amongst all Lakers fans?
I think this is a common stance among all NBA fans outside of South Florida. Again, this falls into that 'teams we love to hate' thing.
That just about does it for me from the American Airlines Center tonight. I think they're trying to kick me out of the press box... Thanks to everyone for joining in and for the great questions. I'll be back here on Tuesday night before the game. Hope to see you then!