if you get a chance tonight, pay attention when dallas runs that stagger screen. it's a thing of beauty. i'm convinced it is, like the triangle, one of those indefensible offenses when it's run right. The stagger screen is a real b**** to get through. Thankfully, nobody really does it much in pick-up games, which is all I play anymore. Not to pick on you at all, but I think this is a bit of a kneejerk. Fact is, the Heat beat some really good teams to get to the NBA finals. You've got to be pretty damned good to do that. This was their first year together. It's hard to build a championship team in one year. This team has a ton of talent. LaBron James, for all his weaknesses, is still a scary good player. He has weaknesses that Dallas exposed, but he can (and probably will) get better in the coming years. If anyone can figure out how to get this collection of players to play well together, I'd put my money on Pat Riley. He needs to add some bench depth and probably a true ball distributing point guard who can bring these pieces together as a team and get the ball to the scorers in the right position on t he court. If they had those things, they could become scary-good and for a long time. Keep in mind, that after 2006 people were saying the same things about Dirk that they're now saying about LaBron. It's funny how winning a title makes all that stuff seem silly. If LaBron wins a title, no one will remember this year. This. The Mavs were a better TEAM this year. It's incredibly hard to build the chemistry you need to play at an elite level in just one year. The Heat had a tremendously successful year given that its the first year for D-Wade, LeBron, and Bosh to play together. LeBron will get his championships, just not this year. Most of you are probably too young to remember that MJ failed in the playoffs several times before he started winning, and winning, and winning....So I'm not ready to write off the Heat. I predict they will win the championship next year and they'll win several more after that. They've just experienced the sting of defeat as a favored team, and after being disrespectful to the Mavs and to the game. You can believe they'll be all business next year, they'll be on a mission, and they'll be scary-good. FWIW, I've never been a Bosh fan and I would rather have Haslem in the game for his rebounding, defense, and toughness. The Heat need to make some changes to get tougher and defend better. Maybe they can get Tyson Chandler ;-). It would also help to hire an elite coach. I've also never been a fan of Caron Butler and think Jason Terry is the second-best player on the Mavs. Even this late in his career, I prefer Shawn Marion over Butler. He gives the same 12-16 points a night, but is also a better defender and rebounder than Caron. Edit: Congrats to the Mavs. It was a great series and I thoroughly enjoyed it!! The best team won.