1. You did a nice job operating within the offense, Brendan Haywood. Taking a step away from the paint created a little more room for Dirk Nowitzki to drive the lane, and it also put Joel Anthony in a position where helping on Dirk's drive left you open for the dump-off pass and created a high-percentage field-goal attempt (which, unfortunately, you missed). Way to execute the game plan.
2. You followed your miss, which is something your Dallas Mavericks teammates didn't do too great a job of in Game 1 of the NBA Finals — as ESPN Stats and Information noted, the Miami Heat collected 16 offensive rebounds to the Mavericks' six on Tuesday night, the second-highest total grabbed by the Heat and allowed by the Mavs this postseason. When the team is struggling a lot with something — Dallas has only gotten the better of the offensive rebounding battle five times in 16 playoff games — someone's got to step up and work for a change. Way to remain upbeat and lead by example.
3. You drew the contact, then calmly went to the free-throw line and hit both foul shots. That's something you've had a lot of trouble with this year, and yet you still employed what Trey Kerby at The Basketball Jones wisely called "a savvy foul-drawing strategy." Way to overcome your fears.
4. As you walked to the line, you remember to take some deep, cleansing breaths out of your mouth. That's a really good idea, because it soothes your nerves and makes sure your blood has lots of oxygen in it. Way to practice good breathing habits.
5. Hey, it could be worse. At least it's not the most embarrassing thing that's happened to you in the paint this postseason. Way to not outdo yourself.
- Dirk Nowitzki
- Dallas Mavericks
- Brendan Haywood
- Miami Heat