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Dwyane Wade on Game 5: 'Popcorn's popping'

Posted on: June 9, 2011 1:48 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2011 2:56 pm
Posted by Matt Moore

DALLAS -- It's just a basketball game, really. The Heat are going to go out and try and do the same thing they've tried to do the last 101 games they've played this year: score more points than the other team. It's the same thing Dallas has tried to do the last 102 games. The preparation will be the same, the intensity will likely not be more or less than it was in Game 1, or any of the other games in this classic NBA Finals series.  

But man, did it feel like it talking to Dwyane Wade on Thursday after shootaround.

"The time is now," Wade said, "the time is here. We're in Game 5. The popcorn is popping. The movie is starting. I'm excited about this."

It's been a series of dramatics, with every single game coming down to a handful of fourth quarter possessions. Whoever winds up getting more offensive rebounds gets a huge advantage. Whoever winds up creating more turnovers gets a huge advantage. Whoever executes down the stretch wins the game, period. Early in this series it was all about "just another game" and "playing (their) game" from both teams. That wasn't the attitude Thursday from Wade or his head coach. Erik Spoelstra was confident and for a guy who is so often calm as a cucumber, even his energy translated. 

"This is what all of us look for," Spoelstra said. "Any competitor, these are the moments you live for and treasure."

It's being talked about as one of the greatest series in NBA Finals history, and with good reason. Despite the absence of the supposed "must haves" in the Lakers and Celtics, despite one of the key figures a seven-foot German offensive juggernaut, despite all the burnout on the Heat coverage, the ratings are monstrous, the games are competitive, the games are intense, the storylines fresh, and the baketball on both sides has been great. It's a war of attrition with huge moments and big shots interspersed. We've had a player play through illness, the best basketball player on the planet vanish in a cloud of terrible play, vintage Dwyane Wade, terrific defense from Udonis Haslem, Mario Chalmers stepping up, DeShawn Stevenson giving the three-monocle and then running his mouth, Jason Terry running his mouth even more than usual, hard fouls, highlight dunks, and Mark Cuban hasn't even made an appearance. All the drama, all the entertainment, and the basketball has been really good. This may not be the best playoff series of all time, but the Finals don't get better than this. 

This is a series rife with tension and intensity, with desperation and a combination of weariness and resolve from both teams. Each team wins after a loss. The momentum is definitely carrying this towards a Game 7. Both teams have won on the opponent's home floor. Both teams have showed they can fend off runs at home.

This series has everything, and with it tied 2-2, starting over in a three-game series, everyone, even the caustic, labored media here in Dallas is on the edge of its seats. The final act of this drama begins tonight in Dallas. Dirk, LeBron, JET, DWade, Bosh, Kidd, UD, Matrix, and a chess match well worthy of the stage. 

The popcorn's popping. The movie is starting.  

Game 5 is Thursday night.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2011 7:57 pm

Dwyane Wade on Game 5: 'Popcorn's popping'

Go Mavs!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nothing else to be said.

Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: June 9, 2011 6:24 pm

Dwyane Wade on Game 5: 'Popcorn's popping'

Nowitzki is clear from the fever time to watch some hard core b-ball

Since: Feb 16, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2011 6:20 pm

Dwyane Wade on Game 5: 'Popcorn's popping'

This series won't be won by "Decision" - the Mavs gonna knock 'em out!!!!

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2011 5:35 pm

Dwyane Wade on Game 5: 'Popcorn's popping'


Since: May 5, 2011
Posted on: June 9, 2011 5:34 pm

Dwyane Wade on Game 5: 'Popcorn's popping'

Wade is the true star of this team.  He rises to the occasion and will give the Mavs all they can handle.  Anyone who thinks this is James' team has been out in the Miami sun too long. 

Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2011 4:37 pm

Dwyane Wade on Game 5: 'Popcorn's popping'

Hahaha, give it Wade, he can put a smile on your face.

Seriously though, Dallas is in a must-win situation, because to go down 3-2 going into Miami would be no bueno.

It also would help Dallas to not have to climb an uphill battle after shooting themselves in foot early in the game, they have to get to the foul line, especially Holger Geschwindner's pupil...
Other general questions I'm sure everyone wonders: Can Kidd hold up? Is Dirk still ill? Is LeBron going to strike back? If he does, can the Mavs stout defense stop Wade and LeBron?

This game is gonna be HUGE. I'm gonna enjoy. 

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