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The Correct Answers To The 10 Questions Asked by Henry Abbott
Q1. Play of the Game?
A1. The Team Defense which Miami played on Dallas’ 2nd last possession when the Heat collectively forced a crucial TO from the Mavs’ best player at crunch-time.
Q2. True or false … Chris Bosh hammed it up a little bit with the eye injury?
A2. False. The man’s left eye was partially closed for the balance of the game. That does not happen without an actual injury occurring to the eye. [Kudos to Hollinger.]
Q3. On scale of 1 to 10, how amazing is it that Tyson Chandler went a whole half without fouling?
A3. 1. Good players actually know how to play the game without committing unnecessary fouls … and, while still maintaining an adequate level of aggressiveness … if the situation dictates that this is how they must play in order to have the team succeed. Tyson Chandler is a relatively good basketball player.
Q4. How amazing is it that Chris Bosh hit the game-winner?
A4. 1. If you are an astute basketball observer, and have watched countless hours of games played by Misters Wade, James, Bosh, Haslem and Chalmers, and acknowledge that Rick Carlisle is, in fact, one of the best coaches in the NBA today, then, in all likelihood, you knew, in advance, that either Chris Bosh or Mario Chalmers would be the most likely Heat players to score a FG in that specific situation … given the way the Mavs were probably going to defend against the high middle pick with the ball in D-Wade’s hands.
Q5. Same scale … Dirk was lousy in crunch-time; how amazing was that?
A5. 1. Dirk was anything but lousy in crunch-time. [Kudos to Hollinger.]
Q6. Dwyane Wade is clearly back; he was back last game. What was wrong with him? He had some bad games for a while; do you think he was injured, or just no one’s perfect all the time?
A6. It’s important to look at more than “just scoring points” when evaluating “What constitutes a bad performance is from a specific player.” It is simply not an accurate description to suggest that Wade “had some bad games for a while,” because he may have shot a lower percentage than usual or scored fewer points, in general.
Q7. Better defender, Dirk or Bosh?
A7. Bosh … by a wide margin. [Kudos to Adande.]
Q8. Dirk, better shooting off the catch or off the dribble?
A8. Off the catch … by a wide margin. [Kudos to Adande, re: off balance. ]
Q9. True or false … Udonis Haslem guards Dirk better than anyone?
A9. False. Kevin Garnett, when healthy, guards Dirk Nowitzki better than anyone else in the NBA.
Q10. True or false … This series is over?
A10. True. Miami is going to win this year’s NBA Championship.