After the Mavericks made their incredible comeback in Game 2, erasing all of a 15-point Miami lead with just over seven minutes remaining, there were some in the media who were looking to make something out of nothing. The storyline that was concocted was that the “celebration” that went on in front of the Mavericks’ bench between LeBron James and Dwyane Wade after Wade hit a huge three in the corner was over the line, and angered Dallas enough to ignite their late run to victory.
This is complete nonsense, of course, both because the so-called celebration wasn’t anything more than any other player would have done in a similar situation, and because the Mavericks don’t need to be motivated to try to come back and win a game in the Finals. But at the team’s media availability on Saturday in Dallas, the Heat were once again asked about the enthusiasm of their players, and whether or not it might be too much.
Miami’s head coach Erik Spoelstra wasn’t interested in discussing this storyline, but did say he wouldn’t change a thing about how his players show emotion during the course of the game.
“Another storyline. I’m not really concerned about that,” he said. “I’m more concerned about how we executed or had a lack of execution going down the stretch. That’s much more important to our team than any of the other storylines.
“We’re viewed in a different way than most teams. We have enthusiastic guys, excitable players. I would certainly rather have that than a bunch of zombies out there that care about winning.”
James similarly didn’t seem to understand what all the fuss was about, and echoed his coach’s thoughts that playing with emotion is a good thing, and isn’t something that he’s willing to change.
“We’re an emotional team,” James said. ” When we make plays, we can congratulate one another. I don’t see why this whole thing has been blown out of proportion. I just look at it in the case of I think ‑‑ I’ve seen Dallas go on plenty of runs before. You know, if [Jason Terry] hits a three and they make a big run, if he runs down the court doing the whole wings expanded, do we count that as a celebration as well? I just think everything gets blown out of proportion when the Miami Heat does things.”
That last statement is it exactly: everything gets blown out of proportion when we’re talking about the Heat.
Expect James, Wade, and the rest of his teammates to keep right on celebrating when things are going their way in these Finals. If Dallas doesn’t like it, all they have to do is play the way they did down the stretch of Game 2 to put a stop to it.