Struggling with the idea that this could be the last game of the season.
It’s been a thrilling finals and one more game would be great, but that’s not necessarily the reason.
It’s more that nobody wants to think about what comes next.
These finals are such a contrast to last year’s in that regard. People couldn’t wait to get started on the offseason after the Lakers and Celtics finished, because it was going to be historic. Last summer’s free agency season, which of course ended with LeBron James and Chris Bosh coming here to join Dwyane Wade, was maybe the biggest story of the year in sports. Questions of whether LeBron would stay in Cleveland, or come save New York, or pick up where Michael Jordan left off in Chicago, or team up with Wade had been talked about for months, if not years.
Now it’s the labor situation, and nobody is looking forward to that.
Should the finals end tonight, it’s back to work Tuesday in New York for Commissioner David Stern, when players and owners meet again. Then the draft next week is considered lackluster, in part because some top players stayed in school due to the uncertainty about next season.
After that, it’s all bargaining, all the time until they get a new deal, or until the lockout starts July 1.
So let’s hope for at least one more good game before having to worry about that.
This series is so close, it’s impossible to predict what’s going to happen tonight.
Through five games, Dallas has scored 463 points and Miami has 459, so a blowout seems unlikely.
Then again, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade both could be unstoppable, and the Heat could win easily to even the series and force things to a seventh game on Tuesday night.
And perhaps they can get a boost with what’s probably a long-overdue lineup change. Mario Chalmers is getting the start at point guard, bumping the struggling Mike Bibby to the bench.
Or maybe the Mavericks, who were a blistering 13 for 19 from 3-point range in Game 5, keep it rolling from the outside and shoot their way to a championship.
Our prediction before the series was Mavs in 7, so we’ll assume a Heat victory tonight.