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NBA Finals Shootaround Notes 6.2.11

Posted on: June 2, 2011 4:32 pm

MIAMI- Potent quotables and other notes from Heat and Mavericks shootaround before Game 2 Thursday morning.

Heat notes from Matt Moore

Carlisle: LeBron guarding Terry is "a compliment"

No one saw LeBron James guarding Jason Terry coming before Game 1. It was a huge adjustment and one that worked to near perfection as James obliterated the Terry-Nowitzki pick and roll with his length and athleticism.

Rick Carlisle was asked about whether he thought James would have the assignment repeated in Game 2.

"He's going to see their best players. James will guard him for sure. It's quite a compliment that they put him on him, because he's a great defender, and he draws a lot of respect that way, and we'll have to be ready to get him in a position to make plays."

Yeah, it's a compliment. It's also an extremely difficult thing to counter.


The Matrix was asked about pressure and the conversation suddenly devolved into an existential question of how everything in life is difficult in some regard. It was pretty incredible.

"Everything is tough. Nobody said anything is going to be easy. We try and do something, if you want something, you gotta work at it to be good at it. Sometimes it's hard to put your pants on in the morning. Some people try and put on both legs at the same time. They have real problems!"

That's Shawn Marion. Leaving you a lot to think about through a pants analogy. I spent the rest of the morning thinking about how difficult it is to put on pants. Instert blogger joke here.

Zone: A weapon not an answer

After Game 1, Rick Carlisle said he had to look at the tape but he thought the zone looked pretty good versus the Heat. I later noted the Heat scored 20 points on 18 possessions against the zone, which is not pretty good, so Thursday I doubled back and asked Carlisle about what he thought of how effective the zone was after watching the tape.

"I thought it was... okay. We're not going to make a living with our zone. It's something we can use during certain stretches. It's a weapon, but it's not a cure-all."

The big debate is whether you live with the damage the Heat did to the zone in Game 1 and dare them to repeat the performance or alter your strategy. That'll be something to watch in Game 2.

Cool Mav Cats

The Mavericks' demeanor on Wednesday was predictably a bit down, with the team having to deal with media and the weight of the loss. But Thursday morning they seemed to be back to their happy-go-lucky selves. There was an atmosphere of pleasant energy, with Shawn Marion ebullient and J.J. Barea feeling more confident. We'll have to see how that translates on the floor in Game 2. 

Heat notes from Royce Young

The unconventional side of history.

Erik Spoelstra was asked about a pretty unique stat that his team produced in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.  The Heat are the first team in some 35 years to have two starters not score in the NBA Finals, and win. Both Joel Anthony and Mike Bibby didn't add a point to the Heat's total of 94. That's pretty remarkable.  "We probably had a lot of things, statistically, that was a bit unorthodox," Spoelstra said. "Our team is built different. I don't really compare it to other teams." Bibby missed all four of his shots, all being of the 3-point variety.   "He's due," Spoelstra said. "It could be just the time for him to knock down a couple big ones for us." Mike Miller, totally cool you guys.

Mike Miller has had some shoulder issues this post season to go along with a list of other injuries. Funny how Dirk's getting all the attention though right?  Miller wore a pretty obtrusive-looking shoulder brace in Game 1 and appeared to be in some pain during the second half. Nothing to see here though, says Spoelstra. "He's fine. Occasionally, it gets tweaked during the game and it'll look worse than it is," he said. With the Mavs zone, Miller is a pretty important part to breaking that because of his outside shot. But that's if he's healthy and has no tweaks to speak of, I'd say.  Going home isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Chris Bosh is a native of Dallas so naturally when Game 3 rolls in next week, it'll be a homecoming for him on the biggest NBA stage.  But he's not all that excited about it. He mentioned the headaches of people wanting a piece of you were you're home but also that he's been back so many times that it's not all that special anymore.  He was asked about whether he likes playing in Dallas.  "Pros and cons. Pros, and cons," he said.  The way he said it, it really seemed like there was a lot more to it. What are some pros and what are some cons?  He thought for a minute and almost exasperated even thinking about it he just said, "I don't know. I really don't know."

Since: May 24, 2011
Posted on: June 2, 2011 5:30 pm

NBA Finals Shootaround Notes 6.2.11

Good article! Did anyone see the story about the Bosh trade???



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