2011 NBA Playoffs

The Dwyane Wade Dilemma

Dwyane Wade 2011 NBA finals MVPIn the weeks leading up to the Finals, speculation has swirled around two major stories:

a)      How a Miami Heat victory would foretell the culmination of Lebron as the greatest player in the game today and  a legitimate GOAT candidate

b)      How a Dallas Mavericks victory would assure Dirk Nowitzki his place in history as one of the greatest power forwards of all time, possibly surpassing both Karl Malone and Charles Barkey

Everything would go according to plan and either Lebron or Dirk would leave the 2010-11 season having charted their course in NBA history.

Except there is one small problem.

Dwyane Wade has other ideas.

Through 3 games of the Finals, Wade has been the best player on the best team. He has scored, rebounded, and made the clutch plays that have put his team just 2 games away from an NBA championship. Dirk Nowitzki, as he has been throughout the playoffs, has been unbelievable – but he is on the losing end currently. And Lebron, well, he has just been a distant 3rd best player in this series to date. A quick glimpse at the stats below further tell the story:

LeBron James 43.4 20.3 6.7 6 2.3 0.3 51% 80% 3.3
Dwyane Wade 39.5 29 8.7 5 1.3 1.7 57% 62% 1.3

In 4 less minutes per game, Wade has outscored, outrebounded, and outshot Lebron by significant margins. His stat line of 29/9/5/1.3/1.7 is the stuff of fantasy basketball wet dreams, especially when you toss in the stratospheric  57% average from the field and microscopic 1.3 turnovers per game. Wade has simply been brilliant.

And this would not be the first time.

As Dirk Nowitzki knows, Wade is also the owner of perhaps the greatest NBA finals performance in history – willing the Heat to their first NBA finals victory over the Mavericks. So what if D-Wade continues on this pace, Lebron on his, and the Heat win the NBA Finals. Where does that lead Lebron and his legacy? This is a fascinating dilemma.

On one hand, you have Wade, who would have 2 rings, 2 Finals MVPs, and at least 1 legendary performance in a Finals series (and this one is beginning to be a borderline second). With Lebron, you have a physical freak who has absolutely dominated the regular season over the last few years. He’s also had incredible playoff performances in losing efforts (see: Orlando Magic of 2009) and in many ways, has been more clutch. Still, his Finals performances have not have been up to his all-world caliber. Is Lebron deferring too much on the biggest stage? Or is he merely exemplifying the team player he is, giving up his statistical game so he can focus on team fluidity (and shutting down Jason Terry)?

Lebron supporters would have you believe the latter, pointing out that Lebron is doing whatever it takes to win. Still, it’s not like the Heat won going away last night. They got lucky. And it was Wade who showed up in the biggest moments. Lebron pessimists would point to times in his career where he just seems to lack the killer instinct necessary to close the deal – passing the ball to less skilled players or simply just not seizing the moment.

It’s a slippery slope for Lebron. History has not been kind to guys who play 2nd fiddle in the Finals. An analogous example may be the 2001 playoffs. For most of the playoffs, a strong argument could be made that Kobe was a better player than Shaq, averaging the following lines in each series:

1st Round (vs. the Portland Trailblazer): Kobe  – 25/4/8; Shaq – 24/16/3

2nd Round(vs.the Sacramento Kings): Kobe  – 35/9/4; Shaq – 33/17/2

Western Conference Finals (vs. the San Antonio Spurs): Kobe – 33/7/7; Shaq – 27/13/3

Finals  (vs. the Philadelphia 76ers): Kobe – 27/6/5; Shaq – 36/12/4

Kobe’s incredible series against the Spurs that year willed the Lakers to a sweep. However,  it is often Shaq’s dominating performance against a relatively weak Sixers frontcourt that receives a bulk of the attention (leaving aside the brilliant defensive job Kobe did on an Allen Iverson still in his prime). The result: most fans attach the alpha dog label to Shaq for his Finals performance, ignoring the earlier contributions made by Kobe.

Could a similar fate await Lebron if Wade wins MVP?

It seems doubtful , given the fact that James has spent much of this season as the Heat’s alpha dog. However, it now throws into question how you can be called the Greatest of All Time when you haven’t even been the greatest player on your team on basketball’s greatest stage. Furthermore, it would be a potential dent in the Lebron championship resume (i.e., Jordan won 6 Finals MVPs in 6 tries; Lebron would have won zero in 2 tries).

Of course, there is still much ball to be played in these Finals, and it would be foolish to count out a late run for MVP by Lebron. Still, it is a credit to D-Wade that he is once again stepping up when it counts the most. In so doing however, he may be unwittingly adding to one legacy and hurting another.


49 Responses to “The Dwyane Wade Dilemma”

  1. Don’t see how Lebron wins the MVP with the performance he gave tonight. Terrible.

    Posted by drinkinghaterade | June 7, 2011, 10:11 pm
  2. Forget MJ, how is this guy supposed to be better than Kobe?

    The incredible shrinking man. What excuses does he have now? His “superstar” defense? Look at the game tape, he’s a two-way player!

    Posted by Gil Meriken | June 7, 2011, 11:19 pm
    • Gil — agree with you here. His disappearances in the 4th quarter have been near inexcusable, and getting more and more difficult to justify this as him just being a “team player”. In tonight’s game, his presence was barely felt, which is highly unusual for a player of his caliber in this situation. He seemed somewhat confused about his role out there.

      Posted by Brown Mamba | June 7, 2011, 11:40 pm
      • I love how Lebron said “If I had eight points and we won I wouldn’t really care about that”. It’s a moot point! You didn’t win, in large part BECAUSE you only scored eight points, why even say that? Nonsense.

        Posted by Gil Meriken | June 7, 2011, 11:48 pm
  3. Regardless of the outcome of the Finals, I think Lebron’s new nickname should be “The Prince”.

    Posted by Gil Meriken | June 7, 2011, 11:51 pm
  4. LeBron needs to show up in these finals.

    Interesting stats for these finals:

    Dirk has outscored LeBron 44-9 in the 4th quarter

    Stats so far in the finals:

    Wade in the Finals:

    3 G
    39.6 mpg
    29.0 ppg
    8.7 rpg
    5.0 apg
    1.33 spg
    1.67 bpg
    34/60 FG (56.7%)
    6/15 3PT (40.0%)
    13/21 FT (61.9%)

    LeBron in the Finals:

    3 G
    43.4 mpg
    20.3 ppg
    6.7 rpg
    6.0 apg
    2.33 spg
    0.33 bpg
    23/45 FG (51.1%)
    7/16 3PT (43.8%)
    8/10 FT (80.0%)

    Dirk in the Finals:

    3 G
    41.5 mpg
    28.3 ppg
    10.0 rpg
    2.3 apg
    0.33 spg
    1.33 bpg
    28/61 FG (45.9%)
    5/9 3PT (55.6%)
    24/24 FT (100.0%)

    Posted by James | June 7, 2011, 11:54 pm
    • James — thanks for posting updated stats. More than Lebron’s stats (which still mean a lot), what has struck me more than anything has been his lack of PRESENCE down the stretches of these games. Tough to make a case for GOAT by completely blanking out in 4th quarters of meaningful Finals games..these last 3 games will tell us a lot.

      Posted by Brown Mamba | June 8, 2011, 12:16 am
  5. LeBron needs to be more aggressive. I can’t believe how passive he looked in the 4th quarter tonight.

    However, I must disagree with your comparison to Kobe/Shaq in the 2001 playoffs. Even just looking at the stats you posted yourself, the stats are pretty darn even. Shaq dominated the Finals (which is where the MVP is awarded), Kobe dominated vs the Spurs (although Shaq’s numbers there – 27 and 13 – were darn good too), and they were pretty even in the other 2 series.

    Posted by Sean | June 8, 2011, 12:04 am
    • Sean — I hear what you’re saying regarding the stats, but my recollection of it at the time was that Kobe was definitely the one carrying the Lakers into the Finals (and Shaq clearly was MVP in the Finals series).

      My point here really is: if you ask most people today, they have a very distorted view of Kobe’s importance to the team that year: i.e., Kobe was Shaq’s sidekick. That definitively was not true in the first 3 series of 2001 and shows how Finals performances can shape our perception.

      So question is: if Miami goes on to win and D-wade wins MVP, how will people remember the Lebron/D-Wade dynamic years from now?

      Posted by Brown Mamba | June 8, 2011, 12:14 am
      • Now since many questions we’re asking today are hypothetical let’s go even deeper into the hypothetical hole. If Wade gets the finals MVP this year and the Heat win as many championships as LBJ predicted at the beginning of the year. Where would Wade fall in the GOAT race???

        Posted by Jonny | June 8, 2011, 4:36 pm
        • If they get six? Number 2 Guard of All Time. If his Finals MVP for all of them, making him a 7 time Finals MVP? Number 1 Guard of all time, number 1 player of all time.

          Posted by Gil Meriken | June 8, 2011, 4:43 pm
  6. Who cares about Wade and James? The real story of this series and this playoffs is Dirk Nowitzki. He’s been the best player in every series. His team has matched the star-studded heat blow for blow, and he closed out today’s game for his team despite both a torn tendon in his left hand and the freaking flu. Even if Dallas loses, he’s the MVP. Of course, I felt he should have been the MVP of the regular season too, so I may be a bit biased.

    I agree with you on Lebron. He’s being played to a draw by Shawn Marion and is nowhere close to Wade. Hardly GOAT-like.

    Posted by Lochpster | June 8, 2011, 12:55 am
    • Lochpster — I agree with you, Nowitzki has been amazing, BUT, to really get the credit he deserves historically, he needs to win this series. These playoffs will help out his legacy certainly, but a Finals win against the Heat would cement it (and almost certainly move him past the likes of Barkley and Malone).

      With 2 out of 3 left to play in Miami, that will be no small feat – but given the way he’s been playing, can’t count him out. .

      Posted by Brown Mamba | June 8, 2011, 7:36 am
      • Agreed. D Wade has been, to me, the most entertaining player to watch since he joined the league and I almost always root for him. But this year Dirk has been legendary. I’ve seen plenty of players single-handedly carry an offense, but I’ve never seen any of those teams be as good as the Mavs are this year. Not only are they good, but they’re at their best when it matters.

        I’ve decided that, as a basketball fan, I want the Mavs to win, so that Dirk and Kidd (one of my all time favorites since he played for my Suns) get their rings. How awesome would it be if they won and next year, with the Lakers adapting to their new coach, Boston getting too old and Chicago + OKC not being quite good enough yet, we had a Mavs vs. Heat Finals rubber match? If there’s even a season next year, that is.

        Posted by Neazy | June 8, 2011, 6:42 pm
      • Mamba-I think you’re right in terms of how the public perception, but I think enlightened NBA fans might believe otherwise. The team with 2 of the best 5 players in the league and another perennial All-Star is supposed to crush the team with a single sick and injured All-Star and a bunch of role players. If Dallas wins the title, it would be the second biggest upset of the past 30 years, after Detroit over LAL.

        Neazy-I was never a huge Dirk fan until I actually met him, along with Steve Nash, a few years ago when I lived in Phoenix. Both seemed like incredibly classy, approachable guys. I can’t imagine Lebron James or Kobe Bryant acting like a normal person if I ran into them in public. With my Pacers and Suns out, there’s nobody I’d rather see win than Dirk.

        Posted by Lochpster | June 8, 2011, 7:59 pm
  7. Isn’t Kobe the one who famously said, “I’m tired of being a sidekick”? He was clearly a sidekick during the title runs with Shaq, except for the 2004 finals, in which he took the most shots (and the guy who takes the most shots [and also the “important” shots] has always been the effective “leader” of any team; this even holds true for Magic Johnson [whom I mention because people like to bring up passing in order to excuse LeBron when he has a poor offensive performance], as it wasn’t until he took on more of the offensive responsibility that people started to look at him and not Kareem as leader).

    As for how this affects LeBron, it affects him the same way it affects anyone else who gets compared to Michael Jordan (the almost universally accepted GOAT): negatively. MJ was the alpha dog for six titles, both in the playoffs, and in the finals. It’s almost unrealistic (I say almost because one guy obviously did it: the guy who is referred to by the name of this very blog site) to expect anyone to put up those stats, have comparable playoff performances and memorable clutch shots, be six for six in the finals, etc. But people like to make the comparison because it boosts ratings and gets others talking. In a way, it’s hard to believe that folks are STILL looking for the next Jordan (I honestly don’t think it’s going to happen for a number of reasons), and I feel like it’s hurting the NBA in a lot of ways, but it is what it is. Everytime a team led by a skilled wing-player makes a run (and skilled wing-players are a dime a dozen with today’s perimeter game that favors slashers and such), the unwinnable Jordan comparison is going to pop up.

    But hey, if LeBron is okay with being Robin to Wade’s Batman for a while, then that’s that. Because of the age difference between the two, I think LeBron might be able to do what Kobe did and win a few as the alpha dog when Wade wears down. It won’t be enough to equal Jordan, but it’ll get him in the conversation with the other basketball greats, and that’s definitely not a bad place to be.

    Posted by Jose | June 8, 2011, 12:56 am
    • Kobe was the one hitting all of the big shots in the 4th quarter throughout the 3 peat. Shaq couldn’t even be on the court cause he couldn’ make a free throw to save his life. Kobe was clutch, Shaq wasn’t.

      Posted by Generalx | June 8, 2011, 6:59 am
    • Jose — the only thing I would slightly alter about your comment is, don’t you think what Kobe meant was “I’m tired of being [viewed as] a sidekick”? I think after 2000, in Kobe’s mind, he was at least a peer to Shaq. I will also agree with GeneralX’s comment that the formula for Laker success in 2001-2 was more often than not – Shaq dominate the 1st-3rd quarter, and Kobe take over in the 4th (often when Shaq was rendered ineffective).

      Posted by Brown Mamba | June 8, 2011, 7:39 am
      • the numbers you posted between shaq and kobe make it seem close…..but you left out all efficieny stats…..fact is, shaq got those numbers on incredible efficiency, kobe gets his points through shot volume. kobe is great, but shaq was the monster that pushed the team. proof? shaq leaves, LA misses playoffs.

        Posted by EFFICIENCY MATTERS | June 8, 2011, 8:10 am
        • Shaq leaves, coach leaves, many other players leave, team has to rebuild … and is in playoffs after one season. Most teams’ “rebuilding” mode lasts 5 years or more. With Kobe, they were back in the playoffs after one turbulent year.

          Posted by Gil Meriken | June 8, 2011, 8:21 am
        • That’s like saying MJ had almost no effect on a team, since they year he left after the three-peat, the Bulls had the same record, could have gone quite far in the playoffs if not for a blown call by a ref.

          Posted by Gil Meriken | June 8, 2011, 9:01 am
        • Efficiency matters, no, I’ve looked at these. To be honest, if you include Kobe’s great FT shooting and Shaq’s lack thereof, their effective FG% are quite similar (Shaq is ~54% and Kobe is 54% – this includes the Finals). In actuality, Kobe actually shot a better FG% that Shaq in the 1st round of that playoffs, was MUCH bigger in the 4th quarters, and generally was the one who much of the offense ran through.

          Posted by Brown Mamba | June 9, 2011, 11:43 pm
  8. I think the heavy minutes have caught up with Lebron.

    Posted by Eric | June 8, 2011, 3:10 am
  9. This is a nice article but D-wade’s 2006 performance is not the best Finals performance in history.

    Posted by Adam | June 8, 2011, 8:05 am
    • Adam — Wade average 35/8/4 with 3 steals per game. His PER of 34 was the best in Finals history. He had numerous clutch moments and almost singlehandedly won that series for the Heat (remember, Shaq did almost nothing in that series).

      Would love to hear your vote for best Finals performance and we can debate.

      Posted by Brown Mamba | June 8, 2011, 8:22 am
      • “Shaq did almost nothing in that series”…compared to what we were used to seeing from Shaq? He averaged 15/12/2.5 ast/1.25 blk. DWade’s performance was masterful, but Shaq’s performance spike in that series turned it around.

        Posted by J.T. | June 8, 2011, 10:06 am
        • Shaq played poorly in the ’06 Finals. The reason the Heat won was:

          a) Dwyane Wade
          b) Defense on Dirk via Haslem and Posey

          Those were the biggest factors. Shaq’s offensive output was limited the entire series and twice he scored less than 10 points.

          Posted by Adam | June 8, 2011, 10:57 am
    • Ooops posted it below instead of replying here sorry 😀

      Posted by Adam | June 8, 2011, 9:07 am
  10. I remember watching Finals live from 1990-Present. Anything before then I will not comment on because a) I didn’t see it live and haven’t seen every game of every Finals before then. and B) I wouldn’t be able to gather the accurate stats either.

    The three I would put ahead of Wade’s 2006 performance are:

    Shaq 2000 Finals vs Indiana

    38ppg 61%fg 17rpg 2.3apg 2.7bpg 1spg

    MJ 1991 Finals vs Lakers

    31ppg 56%fg 6.6rpg 11apg 2.8spg 1.4bpg

    MJ 1993 Finals vs Suns

    41ppg 50%fg 8.5rpg 6.3apg 1.7spg .7bpg

    Posted by Adam | June 8, 2011, 9:06 am
    • Adam,

      I completely agree with you. Wade’s performance was perhaps the most “clutch”, but Jordan and Shaq had greater overall Finals performances. I may even include Jordan’s 92 Finals performance and Duncan’s 03 performance in the mix.

      Posted by The NBA Realist | June 8, 2011, 10:14 am
      • It was one of the best performances and one of the most clutch – no doubt. I’m not trying to criticize his performance, I’m just ranking it.

        If you want to just consider the clutch aspect then you would have to put Wade’s ’06 performance against that of West in ’69 and MJ in ’97. I think it would be a spirited debate. Even with West’s team losing the Finals in ’69 – you can’t say he wasn’t clutch.

        Posted by Adam | June 8, 2011, 10:52 am
    • I disagree:

      MJ vs Suns was the best–41 pts against a much better Suns team (Chuck and KJ > Miller and Smits)

      Posted by King of Memphis | June 9, 2011, 11:06 am
      • King of Memphis, The NBA Realist — I think you’re missing the point here. This isn’t necessarily an argument about pure stats (and even if it was, Wade would put up a decent case). The manner and clutchness with which Wade did it is almost unprecedented.

        Think about this: his team was down 2-0 and by 13 points with 6.5 minutes to play. By all accounts, the Heat were DONE. He then, practically singlehandedly, leads then back, coming up with incredibly clutch performances game after game. Also keep in mind that was a very low scoring series and Wade shot the highest number of free throws in a 5 game series (which is why his efficiency numbers are off the charts).

        In comparison:

        * Shaq — let’s be fair, the Pacers were not a great opponent AND Shaq was fouled out during the most critical moments of the series (when Kobe took over in OT). Great statistically, yes. Memorable or clutch – no.

        * The MJ series — again, great statistical series, but they lacked the pressure and load that Wade had to carry in willing his team to a victory. Close, but I still give it to Wade.


        Posted by Brown Mamba | June 9, 2011, 11:40 pm
        • Jordan was fortunate to have a better team in the finals— but Jordan was a better clutch performer– it’s not his fault during the finals the Bulls didn’t need his rescue. But doesn’t matter —- you don’t get any prizes for being clutch in the finals—- if you did Robert Horry would be the greatest Finals player in the history of the game.

          Posted by JD | June 10, 2011, 10:52 am
  11. As I watch this series I keep waiting for Lebron to go into some sort of BEAST mode and be unstoppable, but that hasnt happened. Have to give plenty of credit to the Mavs D for that (especially in the 4th). If Heat win this series theres no doubt that Wade will be MVP. I dont think Lebron will care about that, he justs wants his ring. Of course theres gonna be plenty of criticism if all that happens but I dont think Lebron will care.

    Its also crazy to see the subtle similarities between this series and the 06 series. Dirk missed that huge free throw in game 3 of 06 and Wade missed a huge one this year in game 4. I just thought that was interesting.

    Posted by Jdash | June 8, 2011, 10:36 am
  12. In all honesty, Lebron should win the MVP. Wade STRUGGLED mightily against the Bulls and was ok against the Celtics. Lebron Carried the Heat to the finals and his game 1-3 of the finals have been decent as well. Wade is playing well, but the team is struggling without Lebrons dominance on offense…passing and especially scoring.

    Posted by Dave | June 8, 2011, 11:14 am
    • I’m a Lebron fan and he CANNOT win MVP. It’s too late for him. For the MVP trophy, it doesn’t matter much what he did to get there – now that they are here, and the lights are shining the brightest – he’s gone into Point Guard mode…being a facilitator.

      Wade has stepped up and done what is necessary. Lebron has to somehow learn the killer instinct…but this year is another Wade MVP.

      Posted by Richard-P | June 8, 2011, 11:23 am
      • I agree, I’m a Heat fan and live in Miami, the vibe here is that Wade is getting his points but the team is struggling in the 4th qt coz Lebron is cold.Everyone is looking at the coach. He needs put the ball in Lebrons hands win or lose…more often than not in this post season it has been a win..In Game 4 against Boston, he scored 11 of the Heat’s last 13 in regulation; Game 5 against Boston, Miami’s last 10; Game 2 against Chicago, nine of the last 12.

        Posted by Dave | June 8, 2011, 11:51 am
    • Dave, 30.2 pts per game is ‘ok’ in your opinion?

      Posted by Bob | June 8, 2011, 1:29 pm
    • The MVP is for Finals performance – not the playoffs. Although, I’m with Bill Simmons in agreeing there should be a Playoffs MVP as well.

      Posted by Adam | June 8, 2011, 1:38 pm
  13. Horrible flop by LeBron right here:


    Posted by James | June 8, 2011, 12:32 pm
  14. brown shit stain mamba strikes again , why dont you look at field goal percentage for shaq and kobe round by round and look at how many fouls duncan and david robinson had, and if shaq went against a weak philly frontcourt( which is a lie) they had mutombo in the middle you know one of the all time greats, he was past his prime yet he was still good enough defensive player of the year THAT YEAR, kobe went against a weak spurs backcourt with antonio daniels guarding him , and for the next point you diss lebron for his performance against this same team that SWEPT your favorite player outta the 2nd round , when your favorite player kobe had the TEAM EXPECTED TO WIN, lets look at Kobes 4th quarter killer instinct he shot 6 for 18 series in the 4th quarter had only 2 points on free throws in game 4 he lost every game , only one game was a one possession loss,(every game dallas has won has been by a 2 to 3 points) he didnt play D and rotate on terry (remember game 4) and barea (remember game 3)
    kobes numbers compared to lebron is 23.0 ppg so he avg 3 more he had 2.5 assists to lebrons 6 he had 3 rebounds per game to lebrons 6.7 and shot 45 percent 6 percentage points lower than lebron played by far worse than lebron, dallas came back on his squad and blew his squad out in game 4 , so even with lebron playing passive he was better than kobe playing aggressively, but you foo’s wanna drink the espn hype cool aid, come brown shit stain mamba wheres yer kobe didnt come thru whats gonna be his legacy article.

    Posted by samtotheg | June 9, 2011, 2:05 pm
    • Kobe “came thru” five times in seven tries. His legacy is one of a star player and multiple time champion (as opposed to role player and champion).

      Posted by Gil Meriken | June 9, 2011, 11:16 pm
      • kobe SIDEKICKED IT to his first 3 championships, one 2 with the the team with the highest payroll in the nba, and it the last one he won ,you can make the arguement pau gasol was the best guy on the team, kobe has some UNEXPLAINABLE messups in his career, the piston loss,WHERE HE WAS DOMINATE they ended up losing,the phoenix suns series game 7 right the time to be clutch he got blown out and quit, the boston series blowing that huge lead and gettin that ass whooped in the close out game, everytime its elimination time, kobe gets blown the fuck out,and what was this years dallas lost A SWEEP and kobes team were favored to win it, a volume shooter with the team that has the highest payroll is an accurate picture of kobe,IE he is overrated

        Posted by samtotheg | June 10, 2011, 9:36 am
  15. LeBron James even with a triple double has failed to show up inte 4th quarter yet again!

    Only 2 points in the 4th quarter and those two points were points that the Mavericks gave to him.

    NEVER compare this guy to Jordan. Just stop it now.

    Posted by James | June 9, 2011, 8:48 pm
  16. Updated stats:


    5 G
    38.6 mpg
    28.4 ppg
    6.8 rpg
    5.0 apg
    1.6 spg
    1.4 bpg
    2.0 TOpg
    53/92 FG (57.6%)
    7/19 3PT (36.8%)
    29/42 FT (69.0%)


    5 G
    44.3 mpg
    17.2 ppg
    7.8 rpg
    7.0 apg
    1.8 spg
    0.4 bpg
    3.6 TOpg
    34/75 FG (45.3%)
    7/23 3PT (30.4%)
    11/16 FT (68.8%)


    5 G
    39.5 mpg
    18.4 ppg
    7.2 rpg
    1.2 apg
    0.2 spg
    0.6 bpg
    2.4 TOpg
    31/83 FG (37.3%)
    30/38 FT (78.9%)


    5 G
    40.6 mpg
    27.0 ppg
    9.4 rpg
    2.2 apg
    0.4 spg
    0.8 bpg
    3.0 TOpg
    43/98 FG (43.9%)
    6/12 3PT (50.0%)
    43/44 FT (97.7%)


    5 G
    32.3 mpg
    16.2 ppg
    1.8 rpg
    3.4 apg
    1.2 spg
    0.0 bpg
    1.0 TOpg
    27/61 FG (44.3%)
    8/21 3PT (38.1%)
    19/24 FT (79.2%)

    Posted by James | June 9, 2011, 9:55 pm
  17. Another stat:

    Dirk has outscored LeBron in the 4th quarter 52 to 11. Dirk has actually outscored LeBron and Wade combined in the 4th quarter.

    Posted by James | June 9, 2011, 11:14 pm


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