Team Work--Not Hollywood Power—Saves the Day

The world has expected the Miami Heat to cruise to an NBA title when LeBron James decided to take his considerable talents to South Beach.

Tack on another amazing talent in Chris Bosh combined with the one that was already with Miami, Dwayne Wade, and you have a Big Three that would make any coach envious and a fan base ravenous. They didn’t exactly cruise to the Finals, but that is exactly where they ended up. With the talent they have in just Wade, Bosh, and James how could they not?

When your team is created with as much fanfare as the Heat, names like “Hollywood” are going to be bantered about. With the focus on star power, the name could not be more appropriate. During the first four games of the Finals they have continued to earn the moniker.

In Game 1, no other starter scored other than the Big Three; LeBron James nearly outscored the bench himself (he had 24 and the bench had 27). In Game 2 it was the Dwayne Wade show (36 points) followed by LeBron James with 20; the bench had 11 points. Wade led the way again in Game 3 for the Heat with 29; the rest of the team (minus Bosh and James) had only 24.  

Game 4 was the most lopsided night for the Heat yet. Wade led the team with 32 points followed by Bosh who had 24. The rest of the team, LeBron James included, could only muster 27 points. James ended a streak of 433 consecutive games (regular season and playoffs) of scoring in double figures with an eight point effort on 3 for 11 shooting.

The Mavericks have been getting it done another way. While it may not have the star wattage that the Heat’s plan of attack does, it appears to be working and could very well take them to the team’s first NBA title.

They are using team work.

In both wins the Mavericks have had at least four players score in double figures (Game 4 had five) with at least one coming off the bench (two did in Game 4). Dirk Nowitzki has led the team in scoring, but in both cases it’s been his fourth quarter scoring that has put the team (and his point total) ahead.

In the two losses the scoring was a lot more one sided. Nowitzki led the way with 27 points in Game 1 while Shawn Marion trailed him with 16. Only one other player scored in double figures. The loss in Game 3 was even more lopsided. Nowitzki had 34 while Jason Terry had the second highest total with just 15. Once again, only one other player scored in double figures.

"I love this team more than any team I've had, because … (of) what they stand for, how they play together, and how they trust," Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said after Game 4.

The battle between Hollywood and teamwork will continue in Game 5 Thursday night at American Airlines Arena in Dallas with tip-off scheduled for 9PM EST.
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