Dallas Mavericks 86, Miami Heat 83 Game 4: Welcome to the Good Life

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-That was the first time since Jan. 5, 2007 that LeBron James was held below double-digits. It’s the first time in 90 NBA playoff games that James was held to single digits. We witnessed history! Welcome to the Good Life! Summertime ahhhhhhh. The Dallas Mavericks are back in this, we don’t have to concede a title to the Miami Heat just yet.

-I hope a reporter asked Lebron about his non-existence in the 2nd quarter. (Wade and James had zero points in the quarter until the final minutes of the second stanza) Asking LBJ about 4th quarter disappearance is so cliche and 2010.

-Only once (1956) was there a closer total margin through four games in an NBA Finals. That series was a cumulative of 11. This series has seen a point differential of just 15 so far. Mostly, all four games have been ugly and blah, but the finishes have been sublime and transcendent.

-Chris Bosh had 16 at halftime, and finished 9-19 form the field. Dwyane Wade was 13-20 and Miami loses? That’s a GREAT sign for the Mavericks.

By Paul M. Banks

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Miami Heat’s Erik Spoelstra is a very Underrated Coach

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Following one of their three regular season losses to the Chicago Bulls, a couple of current members of the Miami Heat broke down in tears. But none of the three regular season losses (by a combined 8 points) were as emotional or as lopsided as Sunday night’s 21 point drubbing in game one of the Eastern Conference Finals.

A beat-down like that has more inspiration for sobbing than a supermarket section of onions.

But at the time, the mood among the very talented team from South Beach was not one of despair though- instead it’s resilience, focus and ambition.

“We all know obviously the effort plays, the second-chance opportunities — all those things really deflated our focus and our concentration and effort there in the second half.  With all that said, and with all the evaluations about the game, we are still in a position to take control with a win on Wednesday,” Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra said.

And take control they did- not just of the Eastern Conference, but also the NBA Finals as well.

By Paul M. Banks

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