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Dallas Mavericks are your new NBA Champions

Jun 12, 2011, 11:12 PM EDT

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Dallas was the best team.

The Dallas Mavericks got contributions from their superstar Dirk Nowitzki, but they also got a huge game from Jason Terry, solid play from everyone — even Brian Cardinal and Ian Mahinmi in Game 6 — and they won 105-95 to take the NBA finals 4-2.

Mark Cuban — who turned this franchise from one of the laughing stocks of the league 11 years ago to an NBA champion, who spent more money than any team except the Knicks in the last decade to do it — took the trophy from David Stern (well, from Donald Carter, the original Mavs owner who was up on stage). And then was humble.

Dirk Nowitzki was the series MVP. He started out shooting 1-for-12 in Game 6 but finished with key baskets down the stretch and had 21 points.

But why Dallas was able to overcome Miami’s talent was simply the level of execution the veteran team brought every game. They struggled shooting the first couple games as the Heat’s athleticism and close outs gave them problems. But they adapted, and in Game 6 they had a 115.4 points per 100 rating, which is 15 better than the Heat gave up in the regular season. On the defensive end, with Tyson Chandler leading the way, Dallas was able to keep Miami largely out of the paint. And they did a good job contesting jumpers.

Through the playoffs Dallas got contributions from everyone, everyone played their role and that was key.

For Miami, they learned some hard lessons about what it takes — both in terms of determination from the players and in terms of roster depth. Going into this season after getting the LeBron, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh they used a little money on Udonis Haslem and Mike Miller… then that was it. After that it was all guys for the league minimum. And on the biggest stage, the support cast looked like that.

But this win was more about what Dallas could do than what Miami couldn’t. That’s why they are NBA champions.

  1. bulls4ever19911998 - Jun 13, 2011 at 12:07 AM

    Simply put, had the three stooges hadn’t made a big deal of their “decision”, most people would feel bad for them. LeBron, next time let your game talk not your mouth! Take a lesson from the greats of this game – no talking until your work is done. Win a championship and then you earn the right to talk. Spend the summer breathing the air of Michael Jordan. Learn from him what it takes to win. If it does not work out for you in Miami, don’t come to Chicago looking for love. We have a star who knows what it means to be humble. Imagine that!

    • trueballs - Jun 13, 2011 at 5:35 AM

      I agree that LeBron needs to learn a thing or two from Jordan…but it wasn’t LeBron’s idea to have that huge celebration before the season started. One could even argue that “The Decision” wasn’t LeBron’s idea. His PR team around him convinced him and he thought it might be a good idea….didn’t want to scorn cleveland. Why the hell would any athlete intend on doing that? And finally…I can’t count how many times this postseason I heard LeBron say, “we’ll let our games do the talking.”

      Lebron is not a bad guy, he doesn’t trash talk, he hasn’t had any big scandals. He’s one of the FEW NBA players who have sacrificed a max contract in their prime. Give him some slack…Dallas was hungrier and the better team.

      • mella21 - Jun 14, 2011 at 3:46 AM

        agreed, I think Wade has actually displayed more inherent arrogance than Lebron, on a personal level (as in coming from his own mouth).

        What Lebron said at the press conference after they lost was disrespectful to fans, but I think that was more of a defense mechanism and reflection of his immaturity than anything else. Wade is definitely the leader on that team, he was punking Lebron on the floor a few times and you could just tell, Lebron is not mature enough for where he is. He tries to brazen things through as if he is, but he’s someone that would have benefited from spending a few years in college.

  2. diablito0402 - Jun 13, 2011 at 12:08 AM

    Dirk gets all the props in the world, one superstar against three and he took em out. I think hes a bad man good for him.

  3. doworks0n - Jun 13, 2011 at 12:09 AM

    DIRK TO LEBRON “TELL ME HOW MY ASS TASTES”

  4. damp1015 - Jun 13, 2011 at 12:35 AM

    Congrats to the Mavs, I will say that. However, for everyone talking so much negative about Miami, its a progression. I was rooting for the Heat even though I’m a Knicks fan; Miami is going to the new team to come. Dallas won a Championship, it doesn’t mean the Heat is absolutely done. All said and done, 2011-12 start a new run and trust me, Dallas does not have a team to make consecutive title runs, one and done.

    PURDUEMAN….you seem so twisted by Lebron James, you almost seem like his baby’s momma with the hate you spew each post about him. Don’t worry about “THE DECISION” and what not, if Lebron deserves something in return in a sense of karma, let it be. You just sound off like a fool.

    Dirk is great, but is not amazing, he needed Jason Terry, JJ Barrea and so forth. And personally I think Dirk simply struck luck at times. Excellent shooter, but just not amazing in my eyes. Jordan was amazing, Magic Johnson was amazing; I think you can understand what I am saying.

    Once again, congrats to the Mavs, to the Heat, run it again.

    KNICKS will rise this coming season!

    • passerby23 - Jun 13, 2011 at 12:40 AM

      I disagree, I think Dallas has the ability to win another one – if they re-sign Barea and Chandler, two crucial pieces. Remember, they did this all without Caron Butler, a defensive stopper and second leading scorer. They’re still a very deep team capable of getting enough rest during the season to be fresh for the playoffs. Their best player is in his prime. Granted, the Thunder and Grizzlies will be better next year, and the Heat and Bulls figure to be better, but Dallas will be in the mix if they can bring back the same roster.

  5. kyleortonsarm - Jun 13, 2011 at 12:41 AM

    Hopefully they’re the first NBA team to have their place break apart in mid air on the way back to Dallas.

    • royalsfaninfargo - Jun 13, 2011 at 1:38 AM

      I really hope youre kidding.

    • andyhr17 - Jun 13, 2011 at 5:34 AM

      Really? more people like this than dislike this? Really?

      • kyleortonsarm - Jun 13, 2011 at 8:27 PM

        Sorry to tear away that veil from your eyes but almost everyone hates the Mavericks more than they hate the Heat. The most undeserving champion team ever.

      • purdueman - Jun 13, 2011 at 8:50 PM

        If Dallas was “undeserving”, than why were the Heat beat in six and on their home court as well? Doesn’t say much for the Heat now, does it?

        I don’t think that there are a lot of Mavs haters out there either as you suggest, but I do think that their owner (Cuban), has gotten under a lot of people’s skins from his early days of owning the Mavs.

        I also think that Cuban is really toning down his act because he wants to buy an MLB team, and realizes that his past image has given him zero chance at getting the owners to approve him. The current bunch of MLB owners don’t want a wild gunslinger in their little fraternity.

        Money always talks though, and if an MLB franchise gets in deep enough financial trouble or a city is orphaned without local ownership being willing to step in and buy a club it will finally kick the door open for Cuban if he still wants in. Just thank God it wasn’t the Cubs!!!

  6. purdueman - Jun 13, 2011 at 1:26 AM

    Where have all the Heat honks and bandwagoners gone? Heat in 4? Bwahahahahahahahahaha!!!

  7. purdueman - Jun 13, 2011 at 1:31 AM

    Le Bum has gone to seek out the Wizard of Oz… in the hopes of getting a heart!

  8. diablito0402 - Jun 13, 2011 at 1:35 AM

    THE CHOKER ONE on lebricks back hahaha

  9. 00maltliquor - Jun 13, 2011 at 1:54 AM

    Congradulations Dallas Mavericks, well played. Well deserved.

  10. bcjim - Jun 13, 2011 at 6:23 AM

    Lebron = Michelle Wie. Hahahahahahaha. Let us know when either wins something.

  11. diablito0402 - Jun 13, 2011 at 6:34 AM

    It might not be lebums idea for the decision or the celebration, sure it might had been his pr, but his the boss, he has the last say so, so he had ti agree with all that happened,, he could of easily shut all that down.

  12. coltsfanindc - Jun 13, 2011 at 6:55 AM

    @kyleortornam

    uncalled for. Heats fans congratulate the Mavs. we’ll be back soon enough.

    And we wont cry about foul calls for 5 years like you all did. Yall were the better team

    • gor76 - Jun 13, 2011 at 7:37 AM

      not 5 years, not 6 years, not 7 years…

    • pdbro - Jun 13, 2011 at 9:09 AM

      Uh, most Mavs’ fans realize they (the Mavs) had a mental collapse of monumental proportions in ’06 and put themselves in a position to be negatively affected by officiating. Miami (Wade) saw it and went for the throat. All credit to them.

      I do like how you congratulate the Mavs, and completely devolve in the very next sentence. Beautiful on your part.

  13. lucky5934 - Jun 13, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    trueballs – Jun 13, 2011 at 5:35 AM
    I agree that LeBron needs to learn a thing or two from Jordan…but it wasn’t LeBron’s idea to have that huge celebration before the season started. One could even argue that “The Decision” wasn’t LeBron’s idea. His PR team around him convinced him and he thought it might be a good idea….didn’t want to scorn cleveland. Why the hell would any athlete intend on doing that? And finally…I can’t count how many times this postseason I heard LeBron say, “we’ll let our games do the talking.”

    Lebron is not a bad guy, he doesn’t trash talk, he hasn’t had any big scandals. He’s one of the FEW NBA players who have sacrificed a max contract in their prime. Give him some slack…Dallas was hungrier and the better team.

    ————————————————————————————————————————————————
    Jesus Trueballs, I am beginning to think this is Lebron writing this stuff. You make it sound like Lebron is a puppet and simply does what everyone tells him to do. WHICH CLEARLY ISN”T THE CASE or else he would have listened to his coach who told him to play harder in the 4th quarter. Lebron is not a bad guy… he is just not a good guy either. He is very immature and needs to grow up. And frankly he “Chose” to give up some of the money to bring in Bosh. He chose to participate with the beginning of the year celebration as well as “Choosing” to air his decision on national TV. Then he “chose” to make fun of Dirk playing sick (With Wade), and now he chose to indirectly insult all of those people who are not happy with him and chose to root for the underdog and classy team in the Mavs. And just like all of those things I just mentioned, he also had a choice to not settle for jumpers and play the 4th quarter with heart. Seems every decision he has made publically, has been a poor decision. You, nor anyone else trueballs, can defend LBJ with excuses when he is the common factor in all of these examples.

  14. bulls4ever19911998 - Jun 13, 2011 at 9:21 PM

    No Chicago didn’t win. They were not even expected to reach the ECF – but they did. I am a true Chicago fan and I didn’t expect them to reach the finals. I thought that D-Rose lacked the experience to play on such a big scene. However, he is only 22 and will only get better as his post season experience grows. That being said, the “Decision team” had the experience and came up short again. I do believe they too can only get better if they stay focused. I look forward to May ’12 for a possible rematch against Da Bulls and the Decision. For those who want to analyze how the Heat loss, remember a loss is a loss and at the end of the game the only thing that matter’s or the only thing that is remembered, is the final score. Mav’s had more points in four of the six games played. END OF STORY!

    • purdueman - Jun 13, 2011 at 11:07 PM

      I couldn’y agree with you more; I don’t get the Bulls-haters out there, much less what their very surprising season has to do with the Heat gagging up a giant hairball in the NBA Finals! As you point out, the Bulls weren’t supposed to get to the ECF, much less the overall Finals. Le Choke on the other hand openly bragged that they’d win “2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 championships in row”. Le Bum!!!

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