For those of you still following along, the series is starting to get exciting. Or, to put it another way, in game 2 shit got real.
For those who want a more nuanced explanation of what happened in the last seven minutes of game 2, I highly recommend Sebastian Pruiti's analysis of the Mavs' double screen and Coach Nick's analysis of the Heat's many mistakes. The Mavs did something right that the Heat couldn't stop; meanwhile, the Heat couldn't do anything right.
Thing is, even if the Heat choked, the Mavs could also play so much better. Up until the last seven minutes game 2 was mostly notable for all the Mavs' unforced errors. These look like two highly-talented teams with mostly veteran talent who nevertheless can get nervous and make boneheaded mistakes under pressure.
In light of that, it's important for the Mavs to win at home, where they should feel more comfortable. On the other hand, in the 2-3-2 format, it's a challenge to win three straight at home to close out the series. I know many hope they can, but I'm still hoping for a seven-game classic. And I'm hoping that both teams get over their nerves and play their best basketball.
Of course, the better the Mavs do the more I question what the Bulls did, or could have done. But we have all summer (and maybe fall and winter) to do that. Right now there is still basketball being played, and I, for one, plan to watch (although I may watch on Tivo).