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Published June 13, 2011, 11:17 AM

Best team – not the best three stars – wins NBA title this time

After Game 1 of the NBA Finals, I told anyone who would listen that the Dallas Mavericks would get swept.

By: Hayden Goethe, INFORUM

After Game 1 of the NBA Finals, I told anyone who would listen that the Dallas Mavericks would get swept. The Miami Heat looked real good that first game, and I wrongly assumed that they just didn’t have the stars to match up with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

After watching the Mavericks win it all last night, I realized how wrong that rationale was.

Yeah, Dallas doesn’t have the “star” power beyond Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki. But after seeing the six games of the series, it’s obvious that while the Mavs’ three best players might not stack up with Miami’s “Big 3,” Dallas’ roster was simply too deep for Miami’s.

You don’t need to look any further than Sunday’s game to see that. Nowitzki was great down the stretch. Jason Kidd was that veteran point guard presence , as reliable as he’s ever been. Shawn Marion and Tyson Chandler have had big moments during the series. J.J. Barea was good Sunday. DeShawn Stevenson hit three big 3-pointers. Ian Mahinmi got an offensive rebound and eventual buzzer beater to end the third quarter. Even Brian Cardinal – when looking at ESPN’s plus-minus – was a plus-18 when he was on the court. That was tied for the best on Sunday.

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