It's a shame that a game that good had to end with a bone-headed mistake by a great young player who played a terrific game.
I still don't think the Heat can win in Dallas, but at least they now have two chances to do it. The pressure is now on Dallas.
And Rob ... I appreciate the joke about Wade's foul shooting. Still, Dallas primarily shoots jumpers, and Miami consistently attacks the rim (especially Wade). There should be no surprise that the Heat shoot more foul shots. Also, Dallas went with the chicken-**** hack-a-Shaq strategy tonight, and though it worked, it also put the Heat in the penalty faster. When Wade knows that his team is in the penalty, he attacks even more and gets to the line. Intentionally fouling Shaq may have actually backfired a bit tonight.
I agree with the point about the difference in free throw shooting. You can see that Dallas (especially the past few games) has really just become a jump shooting team, while Miami (particularly with Wade and Shaq) are taking it to the rim quite consistently. Its smart on Wade's part to exploit that, especially when you're shooting 21 for 24 or whatever on freethrows. Although I'm probably in the minority, I'm happy to see Miami win - and happy to see a good, competitive series. I wouldn't be surprised in the least if it went 7 games now, and what more can we as fans ask for?
Also, regarding Stackhouse's suspension - yeah, that was an over-reaction. However, there was no way he was going for the ball on that foul. He shoved Shaq out of frustration, plain and simple. He didn't warrant a suspension, but he wasn't making a good foul trying to strip the ball either. Although some of the calls in the last couple games have been unfortunate (or "controversial" to some), I don't like the fact that is all we're hearing from Dallas' camp. I miss the days where some players or teams (not all), would just say "that was the call, they won the game" type of comments - where now so many players and coaches (and not just Dallas, but most) will whine about how they got screwed. Seeing the footage this morning of Nowitzki throwing down exercise equipment, kicking basketballs, etc. disappoints me - its his teammate who made (or didn't) the timeout call, it was he (Nowitzki) who, along with Howard, missed freethrows that could have iced games. Don't blame Dwyane Wade for sinking two free throws to win it. What's he supposed to do, tell the refs "no, don't put me on the line, it wasn't a hard enough foul"
. Regardless, I'm really enjoying these finals - both teams have been playing good throughout the playoffs, and its been a great matchup to watch. I'd rather have this than Detroit-San Antonio any day