That’s it? That’s the showmanship that got the Mavericks so fired up that some Dallas bros specifically referred to this moment as the turning point in the game? Weak.

Here’s Tyson Chandler, via Eye On Basketball:

“He celebrated in front of our bench,” Tyson Chandler said. “I think it angered a lot of us. We came out there and responded.”

And here’s Jason Kidd, from ESPN:

“He followed through and left the hand up,” Mavericks guard Jason Kidd said of Wade’s 3-pointer that gave the Heat an 88-73 lead with 7:14 left. “The big thing was he made the shot and at that point we were down 15. For us, we had nothing to lose. We had to keep playing. Everybody who played tonight stayed together and encouraged one another to keep playing it out, and we found ourselves in the ballgame.”

And here’s more Chandler, from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:

“What’s all the music and the dancing and all that kind of stuff?” the Dallas center recalled thinking after his team fell behind 15 points with seven minutes left. “I looked up and said, ‘Is the game over?’ “

I will admit that a guy holding his hand in the air after making a shot against you is one of the most infuriating things that can happen on a basketball court, and that it is easy to find fault in a lot of things that LeBron James does, but this just feels like such a non-thing me. Not to mention, the majority of the Mavericks were already heading back to the bench for their timeout. Even Dirk Nowitzki said he “didn’t see it that much,” and it happened literally right next to him.

Whatever. If some of the Mavs were offended and that caused them to go on an epic run to close out an NBA Finals game, then that is good for them. To me, this is just a case of LeBron and Dwyane being LeBron and Dwyane. These guys have celebrations like this all the time. Most NBA players do. It’s not the worst thing in the world to be happy when you make a big play. Celebrate all you want. Just be prepared to be asked about it a million times later, if you happen to blow a 15-point lead in seven minutes.

(video via Ben Gollivster)

Comments (30)

  1. Good lord, does every perceived injustice against LeBron and Wade deserve an article? I expect a 5000 word article from Holly McKenzie on how the Mavericks just don’t respect greatness

  2. If the Mavs 1-12 note it as something that fired them up, it probably actually did.

  3. somewhat unrelated: i friggin HATE Mark Jackson’s colour. Especially as they exit to commercials. Really, what the hell is he saying?

    “hand down, man down” wtf?

  4. Where is the mention of Dirk holding his hand in the air after his shots? Or is that not good news?

  5. No hyperbole, this is the dumbest narrative so far from people that will disparage the Heat for anything. No I’m not a Heat fan. But in two of the three AP articles in my local paper the “celebration” got heavy run, it’s everywhere on the blogosphere, and between all the talking heads and terrible radio hosts this will be mentioned 5,000 times between now and Sunday night. Just ridiculous. Nothing happened, and it had no affect on the rest of the game. But it’ll undoubtedly be the most prevalent story for all the people that can’t/won’t talk about actual on-court basketball stuff.

  6. Mavs 1-12 didn’t note that it fired them up. Mavs no. 1 and 2 didn’t care, except that Wade hit a three.

  7. Thought Pesca was $ calling LBJ out for lying; however, D-Wade was 100% correct when he actually answered, it’s the NBA, people celebrate great plays, hell they celebrate even decent plays. Good to see him be honest & unashamed for being a sick baller

    Heat lost b/c the prevent offense is a failed strategy (see, Game 4 2011 WCF and every Cavs’ post-season run during the Lebron era). When LBJ started holding the ball near half-court until the shto clock hit 6, do you think Mike Brown threw up in his mouth a little?

  8. I was more offended by Wade’s blatant flop and eye grab after his desperation three at the end of the game than those celebrations. Bron and Wade always do that celebration stuff anyways as was noted. Really though, it was just an easy narrative for the press to pick up on…not really any thing to get all gruff about.

    I do think that every team has at least one guy who probably celebrates a bit too much after big baskets. Terry flies like a damn plane and Stevenson does that weird three pointer eye goggle thing for example. At least the NBA let’s the players have a little fun…unlike the NFL.

  9. ESPN has, for the most part, been ALL ABOUT WHOEVER PLAYS THE MAVS the entire playoffs, but one epic loss, the FIRST loss at home, and now you cry that the press is making issues out yet another arrogant ‘celebration’. Miami had a meltdown, and if we’re honest about it, a ‘humiliating’ loss. Getting beat by 2 points isn’t usually a disaster, but the WAY they lost WAS. So now we get to see how ‘ridiculous’ the fans think it is that the press is making a big deal out of something the Heat did. If you have the ability to think rationally, you will realize that the press is going to focus on ANY celebration that LBJ and Wade do because they started their unity off with a celebration that came off as ‘putting the cart before the horse’ kinda thing. And it’s only gotten worse in the public’s eyes. If you were on the OPPOSING team, and had just gotten beat (Celtics series) only to have to watch 2 players act as if they had just won a championship, I’m wondering how you would respond? As for Dirk not seeing the ‘celebration’ and being right next to it…Dirk was not on the bench when it happened, he was on the court, and if you think for a minute his mind was on watching other players, you don’t know Dirk. So it’s understandable he didn’t see it. The bench was forced to watch it. I have utmost respect for DWade, but LBJ is an arrogant moron. Talented, but his attitude stinks. Funny how the only people that don’t think so are the fans of whatever team he is on at the moment. Did that ‘celebration’ pump up the Mavs? As far as Jet and Chandler are concerned, YES. Jet feeds off of stuff like that. Everyone is different. As far as Dirk and Kidd, they feed off of having their backs against the wall. That, combined with Miami’s ‘superheroes’ who got complacent when they ‘knew’ they had won, was all the Mavs needed to win the game. Take note: the Dallas Mavericks play for 48 minutes. Nothing less. If the Heat had watched Game 4 of the Mavs/OKC series,they might have thought twice about ‘celebrating’ too early. Ask KDurant, he knows. *Note to Wade, who I actually have much respect for: Not all celebrations have confetti and champagne. Please.

  10. @chinwhat: always down for a little Mark Jackson hating lol. I really wish a team would give him the head coaching job he wants just so he could stop commenting. Getting pretty sick of all his stupid sayings, everything starts off with either “You talk about…” or “If you’re (insert name)”.

    Matter of fact even JVG and Breen have been pretty terrible this finals. I understand there is a lot of hate on the heat out there right now (as there should be) but JVG and Breen are trying too hard to show everyone that they should like the heat and especially lebron. I want my announcers to be unbiased.


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