What you saw in this finals was a heat team that had no chemistry offensively, despite having 3 of the best 4 players on the floor most of the time. There was no flow, poor spacing. If you can keep the heat out of transition, which the Mavs did for the last 4 games of the series, then you can beat them in crunch time.
James not utilizing pick and roll was a mistake. But the biggest mistake, to me, is the simple fact that James chose a rather submissive role with Wade with the team and it was a big part of the team's issues. Yes, they made it to Game 6 of the NBA Finals, but how they blend in the half court of big games moving forward will be the hump they will have to get over in order to win championships.
How does that relate to the Knicks? Well, for sure we saw the issues with Carmelo and Amar'e, but they had great moments together. I believe it to be very important for the team to keep this core group and the Fields' and Douglas' of the world because the chemistry is there even if Fields struggled down the stretch. I'm only trading either for veteran role players but I'd be hesitant.
Frankly, I like where the Knicks are at this point. They can score in transition and in the half court. They can play at different paces. If they can get the help they are looking to get up front, then they should have sound success moving forward if they focus on the defensive end.
Dirk Nowitzki is a terrible defender but a good rebounder and can score in several post situations.
So can Carmelo Anthony.
The Mavs proved what we've been saying for some time.
This is a process.