Congratulations, Dallas. I do not believe I've witnessed a more perfect quarter of basketball against Detroit than the 40 dropped in the 1st. I can't remember, but I think the Mavs made about 16 different field goals, maybe missed like 4-6, for a total of 72-80% from the floor in that very first quarter. It was some of the finest shooting I've witnessed for some time.
Perhaps there have been better quarters against Detroit, but I wasn't near a TV for them.
Dallas, this one, you take to the confidence bank, and you cash it before the check expires. Believe me, those checks expire quickly in the NBA. ;D
I'll sum this one. Dallas was the perfect storm. They not only played great defense . . . they played perfect offense, in the sense of NBA-perfect. 59.2% to finish from the floor is outstanding. In fact, I believe for the end of the game, until the subs finished, Dallas was hitting them just as hard, if not even better, especially with the circus shots. Everything went right in the hoop.
Hats off to Dallas. In terms of what I witnessed, they clearly shot better than any team for some time. Energy? They channeled Detroit's energy at a level they give for the biggest games. That was NBA Finals energy, Dallas. You witnessed a keeper for effort. As for discipline, Dallas got loosey-goosey, but I can't blame 'em. They were turding on the heads of all five Piston starters. The discipline was a slight notch below San Antonio, so remember especially to hold on to that. I know this Mavs team only came up with 11 points against Atlanta, or so I was told, in that 1st Q. Forget that game . . . embrace this one. Dallas, unchanged, will give San Antonio some headaches. Defense? Dallas's D came to life with that energy. That's a nice secret enjoyed by hot teams . . . shots being made, with aggressive D, that usually gets the calls in their favor from the refs. However, Dallas would not stop on offense. It was a festival for the ages. Seriously . . . that is how you do it, Dallas. Write down that formula, and start selling bottles of it.
What can be said about Detroit? What can I say, lol? I noticed a ton of shit that went wrong on Detroit's end. No one wants to hear that, though.
So, out of respect for that Mavs squad, here it comes!