I didn’t expect to write exactly that headline. Had to change a word.
Have you ever seen more awesome dunks in any NBA finals game than what Wade and LeBron did last night? Phenomenal is a word that comes to mind. Then came the eighth eighth of the game. Dallas surged, Miami wilted. Colossal comeback, miserable meltdown.
I couldn’t believe the Heat didn’t use the foul to give when Nowitzki was basically waiting for it on the perimeter. But the real blame might lie with the premature celebration in front of the Dallas bench after Wade’s three in the corner. After hitting the shot that put the Heat up 15 with seven minutes left. Wade held his follow-through up longer than Jordan did when he beat Utah. After the obligatory Dallas timeout, LeBron danced and play-punched Wade all the way back to the Miami bench. That’s just tempting fate. And Dallas is the ultimate veteran team that has kicked up a few other amazing fourth quarter turnarounds in these playoffs.
The only other NBA team that can storm back at the level Dallas can is … Miami. But now it feels like Dallas has the momentum. I don’t pretend to know what’s going to happen in this series. At about the time Wade hit that three, it felt like it might be a Heat sweep. Now it feels like Dallas has all the momentum and know-how (like 2006, only vice versa). I would expect Dallas to win Game 3 by pure inertia, but with Miami anything’s possible. There’s little doubt the series will come back to South Florida. It’s starting to feel like seven.
— Sticking with the sports theme, did you hear what the off-base general manager of the San Francisco Giants said about Marlins’ rookie Scott Cousins? You’ll remember that Cousins made a crushing hit on Buster Posey in a collision at the plate last week (see video here) that broke the catcher’s leg. Just about every baseball expert agreed that, unfortunate as it was, Cousins’ play was clean — something that every ballplayer past Little League is taught to do. Giants GM Brian Sabean, though, is holding a grudge. On a radio show yesterday, he lashed out at rookie, calling the play “malicious” and “premeditated”. “If I never hear from Cousins again or he never plays another game in the big leagues, I think we’ll all be happy,” said Sabean, among other gems.
Nice. And this comes from a man who was warned about steroids in his dugout well before the Barry Bonds scandal broke — and did nothing about it. No class, no class at all.
— For a quick read in case you missed it, Local 10’s Roger Lohse had a nice scoop about a ruling on one of our (least) favorite topics: Red light cameras. Bottom line is that if a Broward County judge has found that it’s unconstitutional for police to give tickets for running red lights while the cameras are in operation. I bet Angelo Castillo didn’t see that one coming. Read the story to find out why.