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  1. Video: Hustle plays help Mavericks seal victory

    May 26, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    It was like this all series. In the big moments at the end of games, Dallas would make the play. The Thunder would not be able to execute. Nothing summed that up better than one play late in Game 5. The play had good defense by Dallas, questionable decision making by the Thunder and eventually…

  2. Dallas gets to sit back and relax… but don’t expect rust

    May 26, 2011, 2:42 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    Dallas now has some time to put its feet up and relax after polishing off the Thunder 100-96 in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. They’ve got a wait ahead of them. At least until next Tuesday (if Miami wins on Thursday night), maybe until June 2 (if Chicago wins). Either way, nearly a…

  3. NBA Playoffs: Fittingly Mavericks’ execution sends them to finals

    May 26, 2011, 12:56 AM EDT

    Mavericks' players celebrate against the Thunder during Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference Final basketball playoff in Dallas

    It was fitting. Maybe it was the only way it could be, with Dallas coming from behind again. Game 5 was a microcosm of the four before it in the Western Conference finals. Oklahoma City came out and played with energy and passion. Their amazing athleticism caused problems for Dallas, but the Mavericks countered with…

  4. NBA Playoffs: Thunder have fight in them, is that enough?

    May 25, 2011, 5:06 PM EDT

    Mavericks' Nowitzki celebrates near Thunder's Westbrook during NBA Western Conference Final playoff in Oklahoma City

    Do not question the toughness of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Don’t question their heart. No doubt the collapse at the end of Game 4 Monday was ugly, but it was not about toughness. You don’t reach the Western Conference Finals with all your key players 22 or younger without being tough. Without heart. You can…

  5. Shawn Marion wants a reality show, because of course he does

    May 25, 2011, 3:34 PM EDT

    Shawn Marion fashion photo

    Courtesy of the upstanding citizens at TMZ: Dallas Mavericks star Shawn Marion is gonna be busy next month — because we’re told, he’s shooting a pilot for a reality TV show … right around the same time the Mavs crush Miami in the NBA finals (if there is a God). It’s tentatively called “The Ladies in My Life”…

  6. Video: Watch Nowitzki shred the Thunder

    May 24, 2011, 8:54 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki celebrates defeating the Los Angeles Lakers during Game 2

    It was an epic performance. The Thunder defended him well, but Dirk Nowitzki — the single best player in these playoffs — saved some of his best for the Mavericks fourth-quarter comeback Monday to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals. Dirk was a machine, and because of it he and the…

  7. NBA Playoffs: Thunder learning lessons. The hard way.

    May 24, 2011, 3:53 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Four

    These are hard, painful lessons for the Oklahoma City Thunder. They are the hard, painful lessons virtually every championship team has had to learn. Michael Jordan and his Bulls were knocked out three straight years by the Detroit Pistons, teaching him hard lessons. It’s true of champions since. Even the two-time, soon-to-be-dethroned Lakers had to…

  8. NBA Playoffs: Nowitzki closes out Durant, Thunder in Game 4

    May 24, 2011, 3:37 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Four

    Shortly after Kevin Durant entered the NBA, he was given the label of the NBA’s Next Great Closer. Everything about him suggests that he should be able to close teams out. He has a quiet confidence about him, is never afraid to shoot the ball, and never seems to break a sweat as he coldly…

  9. NBA Playoffs: Efficient Westbrook, Thunder need to show up

    May 23, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Six

    Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant are putting up numbers against the Dallas Mavericks: Durant is averaging 29.3 point per game (up from his league-leading 27.7 during the regular season), while Westbrook is at 22.7 per game. But they are not efficient about it. Durant is shooting 44 percent and is 2-of-18 from three. Westbrook is…

  10. James Harden had a fine-worthy flop in Game 3

    May 22, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    James Harden

    I’ve come a long way on flopping. The natural human instinct towards flopping is to treat it with bile-ridden disgust, turning to effusive outrage in egregious cases. Fans complicate this. Your guy flops and it’s a “savvy, veteran move.” The other guy does it and he’s a “stinking cheater who flops like a (European).” In…

  11. NBA Playoffs: Mavericks defense looks good thanks to Thunder offense

    May 22, 2011, 1:41 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Three

    “Tonight we played championship-level defense for the first time in the series,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said after the game in an interview broadcast on NBA TV. Maybe. But the Oklahoma City Thunder really helped them out with that — it’s a lot easier to cover a guy who is standing still. And the Thunder…

  12. Tyson Chandler: Mavs took Thunder ‘lightly’

    May 21, 2011, 3:16 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Two

    You would think that if you were to face a team with the NBA’s scoring champ the past two seasons, you’d recognize that they are a threat. You’d think that if you were facing a team with a diverse set of skill players with energy and youth, you’d understand that they have something going for…

  13. NBA Playoffs Thunder vs. Mavericks Game 3: Anyone’s Series

    May 21, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Mavericks forward Nowitzki shoots a fade-away jump shot in the second half against Oklahoma during Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference Final basketball playoff in Dallas

    What has made the Western Conference Finals so compelling, especially when compared to years past is the simple fact: we don’t know who’s going to win. In years prior, we flirted with the idea that San Antonio, Denver, or, sure, maybe Phoenix could knock off L.A. but in our heart of hearts we knew it…

  14. New, quieter Mark Cuban still doesn’t like referees

    May 20, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT

    Mark Cuban

    Mark Cuban still is not talking to the media during these playoffs — unless you want to hear how ABC picked up Shark Tank for 13 more episodes — but that doesn’t mean he isn’t talking. And it doesn’t mean he is happy with the officiating. Did you really expect him to be? Tim MacMahon…

  15. Video: Kevin Durant’s monster, win-sparking slam

    May 20, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Two

    The best line I read about this dunk (and I couldn’t find the tweet later to credit the person) was that Kevin Durant used Brendan Haywood as his own personal Kia. The Thunder were struggling and this dunk sparked them and was the first step to them evening this series. One dunk does not a…

  16. NBA Playoffs: Can anyone slow Nowitzki, Durant?

    May 19, 2011, 3:08 PM EDT

    Mavericks forward Nowitzki shoots a fade-away jump shot in the second half against Oklahoma during Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference Final basketball playoff in Dallas

    One player does not win a basketball game. But if Dallas or Oklahoma City can figure out a way to slow the other’s star player in this series — starting with Game 2 Thursday night — they will have a huge leg up. Because in Game 1 those two pretty much scored like Wilt in…

  17. How good was Dirk in Game 1? Historically good.

    May 18, 2011, 8:27 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game One

    48 points on 15 shots isn’t something that happens every day. You don’t need me to tell you that. But Alok Pattani of ESPN Stats and Info did some research, and he found out that Nowitzki’s performance in Game 1 was actually one of the best scoring nights in playoff history: Dirk Nowitzki‘s 48-point game…

  18. Is Westbrook’s perceived ‘selfishness’ a result of Brooks?

    May 18, 2011, 3:28 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook

    Russell Westbrook has caught a lot of heat over the past couple weeks for his perceived “selfish” play, with many Twitter commenters suggesting the best defense against Kevin Durant is the fact he plays with Westbrook.  And while Tuesday’s 3-for-15 shooting performance isn’t going to help Westbrook’s cause, Durant’s struggles against Memphis, or the fact he took fewer shots than Westbrook…

  19. NBA Playoffs: Thunder should be optimistic, they were in it

    May 18, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Durant drives ball past Dallas Mavericks small forward Marion in Dallas

    It was close. After Kevin Durant drained two free throws it was a five-point Mavericks lead with 4:18 left. Get a stop, knock down a shot and it’s a one possession game. Tuesday’s Dallas win didn’t feel close — Dirk Nowitzki went off, the Mavs got 53 points from its bench and with each big…

  20. Video: Dirk Nowitzki could not miss

    May 18, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game One

    Dirk Nowitzki has been special these playoffs, but what he did Tuesday night was on another level — 48 points on just 15 shots. He got 24 trips to the line, hit all 24 shots. There was a lot more to the Mavericks win. And this series is far from over. But it’s worth watching…

  21. NBA Playoffs: Dirk dominates, but this series is just getting started

    May 18, 2011, 1:22 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Coming into this game the biggest matchup issue, the biggest strategy question that both teams faced was “Who can stop Dirk Nowitzki or Kevin Durant?” Turns out nobody. Durant had 40 points on just 18 shots — and he was the second best player in the game. And his team lost. Nowitzki finished a redonkulous…

  22. NBA Playoffs: Stopping Durant, Nowitzki just the start for Mavs, Thunder

    May 17, 2011, 4:13 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki celebrates defeating the Los Angeles Lakers during Game 2

    It starts with the big questions — if the Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder can’t answer those questions, the little ones will not matter. That leads us to the big things to watch in Game 1 between the Thunder and Mavericks Tuesday night — can Dallas slow Kevin Durant, and can Oklahoma City slow…

  23. PBT Tuesday morning one liners

    May 17, 2011, 11:14 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Phoenix Suns

    Jason Kidd says all his critics are just jealous of his longevity. Yea, that’s it. Here’s a breakdown of all 19 offensive rebounds the Chicago Bulls got in Game 1 against the Heat. LeBron James in the playoffs is still pretty much LeBron James. The Minnesota Timberwolves have never improved their draft position thanks to…

  24. Western Conference Finals Preview: Mavericks vs. Thunder

    May 16, 2011, 3:21 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant hands the ball to Dallas Mavericks head coach Carlisle in the closing seconds of the second half of their NBA basketball game in Dallas

    SEASON RECORDS Mavericks: 57-25 (No. 3 seed in Western Conference) Thunder: 55-27 (No. 4 seed) SEASON SERIES Dallas won the regular season series 2-1, but the most recent of the games was Jan. 6 — back before the Kendrick Perkins trade, and when Caron Butler was healthy. Nowitzki didn’t play in the Thunder win. So…

  25. Dirk Nowitzki likes the new, quieter Mark Cuban

    May 12, 2011, 12:42 PM EDT

    Mark Cubam

    Mark Cuban’s Dallas Mavericks swept the hated Lakers out of the playoffs in what was a cathartic experience for Cuban and Mavericks fans. Yet he said nothing. He almost didn’t speak to the media and there was no gloating. No jabs at Phil Jackson. Which had to be hard for him. But Dirk Nowitzki, he…

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