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The 2011 Dallas Mavericks: A Nellieball Champion

“NBA Finals predictions anyone? I’m going with Miami/Dallas.” Steve, April 11, 2011

“I think the Mavs can win it. I think things have to break right for them, and they have to continue to play at the level they’ve been playing. But why not?” Don Nelson, May 12, 2011

I think a lot of veteran NBA types were amazed by how this series played out. The three most interesting comments I saw were from 1) Steve Nash, who was perplexed that the Heat didn’t go small and get Lebron on Dirk (something that I thought was the key to the series in my preview); 2) George Karl, who was surprised by Lebron’s lackluster last two games (something I attribute directly to the Heat’s offensive and defensive gameplans); and 3) the Warriors’ own Reggie Williams, on the post-game show, who stated that Spoelstra’s failure to get shooters on the floor (in particular James Jones) is what allowed Dallas to effectively zone Dwayne Wade and Lebron.

You can see Nellie’s influence in all of those comments. Continue reading

Adjustments to the Adjustments: Mavs v. Heat Game 3 Recap

The Heat made several interesting adjustments in Game 3.  The most obvious, of course, was to take Lebron off of Jason Terry.  The Heat matched up conventionally, with Lebron guarding the three, usually Shawn Marion, and Wade guarding the two.              Continue reading

Out-Coached: Mavs 95 Heat 93 — NBA Finals Game 2 Recap

Just finished watching the game for the second time.  I watched it the first time out of the corner of my eye from my seat at the 5-10 no limit poker table at Lucky Chances…  and quite predictably, my own play suffered greatly in crunch time.

To me this game highlighted the biggest edge that Dallas has over Miami: at Head Coach. Carlisle is an absolute genius: the adjustments he made (staggered screens, etc.) to get Nowitzki open against one of the toughest defenses in history were beautiful.  And he does it on the fly, mid-game, which is the hallmark of the elite.                           Continue reading