And all those sportscasters who drew a straight line extrapolating from Miami's win in the first game to predicting subsequent victories should know better. They should read this Onion satire of sportscasting. "Realistic Announcer Shouting How Kevin Durant Making His Last 4 Shots Has No Bearing On Whether He Will Make Next Shot." We can't generalize about the Heat from their collapse last night. If the game had gone to the Heat last night, you know all the commentary would have been completely different after the game.
Rick Reilly has twenty reasons why the rest of the country is pulling for the Mavs. Here are a few of those reasons.
Pull for Dallas because when you ask Nowitzki why he didn't bolt the way everybody else does, he simply says, "Because this is where my heart is."
Pull for Dallas because Nowitzki didn't try to win a title the new way, didn't pick the best kids on the playground and take on everybody else, didn't get a bunch of super-human friends and schedule himself a ring, like you might a kegger or your birthday party.
Pull for Dallas because Nowitzki has this crazy idea about trying to win one the old fashioned way, by getting better.
Pull for Dallas because James is so heaven-sent talented that he'll get more than his share of rings before he's done.
Pull for Dallas because Nowitzki is much closer to done than starting now.
Pull for Dallas because 38-year-old Jason Kidd deserves one, too, despite what he says. "I want this more for Dirk than for me," says Kidd, who's played in three decades -- 17 years -- in this league without champagne in his hair. "All the work Dirk's put in, all the time. Man he deserves it more than anybody on this team. Plus, if he gets it, that means I get one too, right?"
Pull for Dallas because Kidd is the guy everybody likes, the Ray Bourque of the NBA, the one everybody wants to see hold the trophy over his head someday. If he doesn't win it now, in his third Finals try, he'll never win it.
Pull for Dallas because it has the best locker room in the NBA, not a whiner among them. There are more good guys in that room than in some divisions.
Pull for Dallas because it doesn't do pre-championship celebrations. Dallas has this crazy notion that you should actually hold the trophy in your hands before you throw the parade. Wouldn't it be nice to give them one?