Sunday, June 11, 2006
Finals Coverage is a Bunch of Hot Air
The Mavs are now up 2-0 in the NBA Finals but the way the media has covered this series you wouldn't even know the Mavs were in the series. ESPN.com's headline after game 2 read "Heat Exhaustion" with a picture of Dwyane Wade (right). No mention of Dirk's 26 points and 16 rebounds. No mention of Jerry Stackhouses game changing run at the end of the second quarter. Just the opening line of "Has anyone seen Miami's mojo?"
I understood the media's attention on Miami before the series. They did have Shaq and Riley returning to the Finals. They got the cover of Sports Illustrated and a three page feature while Dallas got a short article on Dirk. I even understood all the talk of the Heat not playing well after game one but it's not time to give Dallas their due.
Dallas has shut down Shaq, holding him to 5 points in game two. Before this series he had only score less 20 points once in his NBA Finals career. He has 23 points this entire series. Avery has out coached Riley but despite all their efforts the national media still just wants to talk about Miami.
Right now, we'll live with it. It gives Avery a good motivator but if the Mavs keep this up, they better be getting their due respect.