After watching the Spurs and Cavs muck it up again, with San Antonio walking away with yet another NBA title, it underscores a lot of things in regards to the Mavs' situation.
1) the Mavs' defense still is not good enough.
2) the Mavs' are not mentally tough enough.
3) the Spurs aren't going away for a while.
and last, but most important:
3) the modern game is all about the double-team.
Sure, Tim Duncan stunk, but it was all the attention he drew that opened lanes for Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili to combine for 51 points. And with Parker's jump shot becoming a legitimate weapon, the outcome of the series was little more than an inevitable formality.
So with Parker, 25, emerging as a shooter and more complete player, he is going to draw more and more attention. Soon teams will have a choice to make: allow Duncan to beat them or give Parker that privilege.
The Cavs chose Parker, who is just now entering his prime, and you see how that worked out. The Finals MVP -- read that again -- is only going to get better. That's not good news for the Mavs.
Can any of you see Josh Howard rising to that status? What about Devin Harris? Jet?
And there, folks, is the key. An NBA player of stature has to either command the double, or make teams pay for doubling. There is no in-between. Dirk Nowitzki is the only player on the Mavs' roster who can do both of those things.
Will he ever have a teammate who can do the same?
He better, because the Spurs now have a pair of them.
-- Garza, Mavs Lite
Tony Parker made sure the Spurs now have two Finals MVPs on their roster. Are we seeing the birth of another Shaq-Kobe dynamic, albeit a healthier, friendlier, more positive one?