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Video: Top 10 plays of the 2011 NBA finals

Jun 15, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

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These were a damn good finals.

Close games, plenty of drama, dramatic comeback, some feistiness — these finals between the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks had it all.

And they had some great plays. The fine folks at NBA.com compiled these for us and we bring them to you for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy watching what it looks like when LeBron James actually took on his defender and attacked the basket (it did happen a couple of times this series and we have the video proof). Also enjoy watching Dirk Nowitzki do his thing.

  1. purdueman - Jun 15, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Peoria Chiefs lampoon LeBron James

    For one night, fans of the Chicago Cubs minor league affliliate Peoria Chiefs can have their own replica of LeBron James’ first championship ring.

    Call it the cheapest promotion in sports history because, like James’ ring, the handout doesn’t exist.

    The Chiefs, a Class A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs in the Midwest League, will hold a “LeBron James NBA Championship Replica Giveaway night” Thursday, poking fun at the Miami Heat star’s loss in the NBA Finals to the Dallas Mavericks.

    James “Replica rings” — also known as air — will be handed out by stadium workers as fans enter the park, according to Chiefs spokesman Nathan Baliva.

    Throughout the game, Peoria will honor “a true champion” — the Chicago Bulls’ six NBA titles — with video clips and audio highlights, and the Chiefs will take the field to “Sirius,” the Alan Parsons Project song used by the Bulls during their player introductions.

    The Chiefs said they are “looking into” whether they can skip the fourth inning — another poke at James, who scored just 18 points during the fourth quarter in six NBA Finals games.

    “We aren’t sure if the league will allow it,” Peoria president Rocky Vonachen said in a statement. “But if LeBron doesn’t need to show up for the fourth, maybe we won’t, either.”

    Among the other James promotional digs planned: A fan will win a “replica” of James’ Finals MVP award (which actually went to the Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki), and Heimlich maneuver classes will be offered to help prevent people from “choking in a big situation.”

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