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Mark Cuban says Dallas outcoached Miami in finals

Aug 30, 2011, 11:42 AM EDT

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The longer the lockout lasts, the longer Mark Cuban gets to bask in the glow of being the owner of the NBA Champions. Sure, the whole “I can’t talk about my players or David Stern will hammer me with fines” part is no fun, but Cuban is loving this winning a title thing.

Like when he went on CNN Monday and said the Mavericks beat the “Evil Empire,” as reported by our man Ira Winderman at the Sun Sentinel.

And during that interview Cuban added another reason he thinks the Mavericks prevailed.

“I’ll tell you the interesting thing,” Cuban said, “after Game 3 of the Miami series, our guys said, ‘They aren’t making any adjustments. We got ’em.’ And so the confidence was through the roof.”

Rick Carlisle did a fantastic job coaching during the finals. He moved J.J. Barea and Brian Cardinal into the rotation, putting DeShawn Stevenson and Peja Stojakovic on the bench, taking advantage of matchups. Early in the finals the athletic Heat closeouts on the Mavs shooters bothered them, but the Mavericks adjusted, found spaces and by the end were raining down jumpers on the Heat.

Erik Spoelstra didn’t make the same adjustments — but he also had a lot fewer tools in the toolbox. Yes, he had Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh (and I still would have liked to see more Wade/James pick and roll) but after that what choices did he have? More Mike Bibby? More Joel Anthony? Do you really think Zydrunas Ilgauskas was an answer? Mike Miller had bad hands and Udonis Haslem was just coming off an injury, both giving everything they could but they have limits.

Carlise did better using the tools at his disposal in the finals because he had a lot more tools to use. Spoelstra wasn’t making a lot of adjustments, because what choices did he really have?

  1. passerby23 - Aug 30, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Coaching isn’t just about what personnel you put out on the floor, it’s about strategy and exploiting matchups. Using Lebron/Wade pick ‘n rolls is precisely a strategy you employ, which would’ve spread the floor for other less effective players like Bibby and Miller.

    It’s true Dallas had more working parts, but they had far better chemistry and chemistry is built by coaching, at least to some degree.

  2. dysraw1 - Aug 30, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    Slick Rick is the man he definitly out coach them. And i dont care what you say by the finals you are suppose to know your team.

  3. goforthanddie - Aug 30, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    (and I still would have liked to see more Wade/James pick and roll)

    Yeah, nobody would be expecting Wade or leb to get the ball. Maybe they should’ve looked at Bosh a little more often. You know, because Wade/leb obviously wasn’t enough.

  4. jjared1101 - Aug 30, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    Ummm… i’m sorry…where was the part where Cuban says Dallas out coached them?

    “Erik Spoelstra didn’t make the same adjustments — but he also had a lot fewer tools in the toolbox.”

    He finally started Chalmers in the last game. He never played James Jones. He never played Erik Dampier (who may know a tad about Dallas’ style). Played Eddie house 22 minutes in the last game but hardly any the first 5. Never adjusted against the zone. LeBron didn’t play well, but that was due in large to Dallas turning him in to an outside shooter with the zone. So he had plenty of tools.

    • bj1980 - Aug 31, 2011 at 10:38 AM

      He’s right. I didn’t see a word about coaching or lack thereof.

      And people who know more about basketball than even Mr. Cuban have been saying the same thing.

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