I’m a huge Celtics fan and not really of the NBA. If they’re eliminated in the playoffs like what happened in 2009 due to KG’s injury, I wouldn’t proceed to watch the games. I would settle on hearing updates from Papa or my brothers then just shrug off. Although, I would want Orlando to win at that time, it’s not much of a big deal to me when they were almost swept by the Lakers. However, this year’s playoffs is somehow different. It undoubtedly engaged me to watch every game that I could manage to watch. Especially when the top-seeded Spurs were eliminated by the eight-seeded Grizzlies in the western conference. Well maybe this is what jobless people do, busy themselves with whatever the TV has to offer. Whatchuthink? Anyhow, I guess I know why this playoffs interest me this much - it has got to do with the newly revamped Miami Heat roster. And now, as expected, they are already in the Finals with Lebron seeming to lose interest in getting his first ring. (I’m bias, I know).
So why root for Dallas and deny Miami the O’Brien trophy? Let me dissect to you why.
Why root for Dallas:
1. The Dallas line-up as a whole. Who would have thought that this line-up have the ability to shake the dynasty this Miami team is attempting to build? I mean, yes, they were able to sweep the Lakers, but we all know that a lot of outside factors have contributed to that. In this series, the Mavs have proven yet again that it’s all about teamwork and not superstars packed in a single team.
2. Dirk Nowitzki. What’s not to root for Dirk? On the court, he’s the most clutch player (besides Ray Allen) in the league. Dirty plays are rarely if not never associated to him. Off the court, he’s a music and fun-loving guy, not to mention a nice boyfriend who just proposed to his lucky girl. (Forget about his ex okay?) Plus, he’s one of the few white men that can really dominate the league. That’s rare you know.
That’s his signature and sometimes awkward one-legged fade away over Boshtrich. Haha. Obviously his legs were not shown though, I can’t find a better picture. My bad.
3. Jason Kidd. Before, I think he deserves a ring, but now, I just wanna hand it down to him. C’mon, he’s 38 and worked hard in all his 17 (not sure about this) seasons. It’s all but his time now. (I don’t want him to follow Malone, Stockton and Ewing’s footsteps you know). Plus he’s a cool dude, just discount his careless and unveteran-like turnovers.
4. Jason Terry. I don’t know, but I like him. He’s loud, overly expressive and all, but I like him. I hope his ink stays.
5. Tyson Chandler. The big guy has stepped up and improved his defense since the disappointing Game1. He was also able to curb his foul troubles which kept them alive throughout the series. And oh by the way, he keeps a blog too. I’m just not so sure if he’s really the one behind it though.
The picture’s irrelevant but this is too funny, I just had to post. Haha. This was when the two Germans were not teammates yet. (Obviously).
6. Shawn Marion. All I know about him is he is nicknamed ‘The Matrix’ and that he’s a former Suns. And oh, his lack of neck length is somewhat…cute. Haha.
7. JJ Barea. He’s such a cutie. Looks like a bonsai plant among Narra trees. Haha. And he can deliver, mind you. What with the defense-slicing he’s been fond to do lately?
8. Rick Carlisle. He’s a former Celtic! ‘Nough said.
9. Mark Cuban. He’s been mum all through out the series. Which I think is a good thing. (No pic. It’s hopeless to find a silent Mark Cuban pic. Haha.)
10. They’re the most resilient team in the league. How many times were they trailing behind double digit numbers, then dramatically make a run and clinch the game?
11. Lastly, this maybe the last time that this exact Mavericks line-up could have a legit run for a title especially that a rumored lock-out is impending. (Just like this maybe the last time for the Celtics to have a legit run for another title. Sob. :[ ) See? I feel for this bunch.
Why deny Miami:
1. First of all, I can’t help but consider this pooling together of the Heat’s Big 2 and 1/2 (Big 3, my ass!) as the biggest conspiracy Pat Riley has ever pull off. He must really be a good sweet-talker.
2. Lebron James. I’ts okay to admit he can’t win it on his own, he needed help. And I can’t blame him for choosing Dwade as his partner in crime. But doing it with side comments about his former teammate’s inability to effectively help him is downright annoying. Just shut up and go away.
And another thing, it seems like this dude doesn’t want to toil hard for his ring anymore. It seems like this alpha dog is handing the bulk of work to his minions now. Ever noticed his disappearing acts in the last two games? And oh, drop that fatigue factor. Everyone worked hard all season long, not only him. And don’t blame Rashard Lewis, puhleaaaase!
3. Dwayne Wade. I’ve liked him until he
intentionally inadvertently injured Rondo. (I told you I’m biased)
4. Chris Bosh. He was nice in Toronto with his Turiaf-like hair, but he’s still an ostrich to me. Oops. And when he headed South Beach, he was starting to look like a T-rex.
By far, the most accurate picture of Bosh’s place in the so-called Big 3. Haha. Okay, I’m kidding.
5. Erik Spoelstra. If this Heat nail the championship then I will still have one reason to be happy, and that is for the Fil-Am coach and for him alone. But gaaahd, I still can’t ignore Pat Riley’s annoying presence in the courtside. It’s tarnishing my soft spot for Erik S.
6. Their preseason welcome party was just the most annoying party I’ve ever seen. How about counting the rings before you can even wear it LBJ?
Look at Bosh’s shouting ostrich/tough guy facade in the welcome party.
7. James’ and Wade’s mocking on Dirk’s 101-degree fever. For evidence, click here. Really, these dudes make it easy for people to hate on them.
8. And lastly, this top 2003 class draftees just can’t gel out this fast! It’s just.. unfair. They’re young. They still have plenty of time. You know…
Well it seems like the tide is in favor for Dallas now with their team effort paying off and Lebron’s subpar performance doing them a huge favor. Hence, I shouldn’t have this familiar, unnerving feeling at all. But then unwanted memories hit back - A year ago, my beloved Cs were on this very same mark - 1 win away from the title and headed to LA… then we all know what happened next.