How funny that the complexion of a series can change within a few minutes. Heat goes from being up 15 and en route to 2-0 lead with a full-fledged swagger to losing game 2 and being tied 1-1 staring at a 3-game stint in Dallas.
I think ironically, if Heat had managed to hold on to win game 2, they would have probably won the series 4-1 or 4-2 easily. However, because of the poor 7 minutes of basketball in game 2, they are looking at a 7-game series right now. Dallas has all the momentum right now and can easily win 2 games at home. I wouldn't be surprised if it will be Mavs with the 2-1 lead after Sunday.
The main problem I see with the Heat is that their crunch-time offense sucks horribly. When they play loose and together, they are very hard to beat. But once they feel the pressure, they inevitably resort to the Wade and/or LBJ isolation. Dribble out the clock until about 5 seconds left and then force a ill-advised fadeaway. Yea, it looks genius when they make it, but a bad shot is a bad shot. In my opinion, it wasn't so much as Dallas' crazy offense or Miami's bad defense in the final minutes that lost the game for Miami. It was Miami's bad OFFENSE that lost the game. Let's face it. If Miami just scored on 2 more possessions during that 7 minute stretch, they would have easily held on to win that game. Every team whose back is up against the wall will make a run, it's expected. But when your offense completely disappears because you go away from your game-plan, then there's nobody else to blame but yourself. Bad shots which results in long-rebounds are as good as turnovers which lead to fast-break opportunities for the other team.
I must give credit to Carlisle for the staggered-screen offense between Kidd, Chandler, and Dirk though. Miami had absolutely no answer for that as Dallas has not used that much during the regular season. At one point, they had run it 3 straight times and gotten scores off of them each time, including the huge Dirk trey where he was just completely wide open.
*rocking the new blamer sig*