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  1. NBA Finals: Dallas tops Miami in Game 2 with an incredible fourth quarter comeback

    Jun 3, 2011, 2:53 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    From where we sit now, it’s so easy to look back at the dissipation of Miami’s 15-point fourth-quarter lead and point incredulously at what went wrong. The answers for what ails the Heat are always so obvious; their flaws are so glaring and fixable that armchair coaches across the country typically resolve them before Mark…

  2. NBA Playoffs: The Heat collapse

    Jun 3, 2011, 12:18 AM EDT

    Kidd over LeBron

    After a regular season defined by crunch-time blunders and late collapses, the Heat’s postseason had been defined by gritty closing performances that saw the Heat holding onto close leads or pulling off comebacks in the fourth quarter. All of that changed during Thursday night’s 95-93 loss, which may end up being Miami’s most important game…

  3. How Bryan Colangelo set up the NBA Finals

    Jun 2, 2011, 6:46 PM EDT

    bryan Colangelo

    I don’t have much to add to this article from Sir Charles In Charge’s Andrew Ungvari — I’m just going to recognize that it’s some excellent investigative work and deserves to be read in full. Basically, Ungvari did some homework, and figured out that both Miami and Dallas’ big roster moves can be traced back…

  4. Nobody knows who Dirk Nowitzki is

    Jun 2, 2011, 4:39 PM EDT

    Dirk in black background

    Dirk Nowitzki has carried the Dallas Mavericks to the NBA Finals with some absolutely masterful performances, is probably the best European player to ever play in the NBA, and has been one of the league’s best players for years now. But that doesn’t mean many people actually, you know, know who he is. As it…

  5. NBA Playoffs: Dallas looks to rebound. Literally.

    Jun 2, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade goes up for a basket against the Dallas Mavericks during the second half in Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Miami

    Dallas learned some hard lessons and was asked some hard questions in their Game 1 loss in the NBA finals. What do they have to do to rebound from that and even their series with the Heat? Rebound. Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said “rebound” so often during his Thursday morning meeting with the press it…

  6. Nowitzki says finger injury may affect dribbling, passing

    Jun 2, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    This is not about to stop him — Dirk Nowitzki is going to be out there on the court against the Miami Heat on Thursday night with a splint on the upper half of the middle finger on his left hand (non-shooting hand). He can adjust his shot and how he uses his guide hand…

  7. NBA finals draw biggest rating since Shaq/Kobe teams

    Jun 1, 2011, 2:12 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game One

    It’s a glass half full or half empty kind of thing. The facts are that Game 1 of the NBA finals Tuesday — Miami’s 92-84 win over Dallas — drew a 10.7 rating nationally, the highest rating for a Game 1 since the 2004 NBA finals (the Pistons vs. the Lakers of Shaq, Kobe, Karl…

  8. Miami shredded the Dallas zone in Game 1

    Jun 1, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game One

    Dallas has counted on its zone defense as more than just a change of pace. In a series where Tyson Chandler might have to chase Chris Bosh out on the perimeter, the zone could be a way to keep Chandler in the paint protecting the rim. But in Game 1, the Heat just shredded it.…

  9. Video: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade take over late

    Jun 1, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game One

    It was one fo the interesting questions coming into Game 1: Both the Heat and Mavericks had dominated late in games in the playoffs. That’s why both had advanced, both executed under pressure. So who would win the battle when they faced off. LeBron James and Dywane Wade would. We should have guessed that. The…

  10. Heat’s Mike Miller leaves arena in sling with shoulder injury

    Jun 1, 2011, 2:40 AM EDT

    Heat's Miller reacts after sinking a three point basket against the Mavericks during Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Miami

    They say it’s not that bad, but any time a key cog for a team leaves the arena wearing a sling you have to wonder. Mike Miller aggravated a left shoulder or arm injury late in the Game 1 Miami win and left the arena wearing a sling, according to multiple reports. He first tweaked…

  11. NBA Finals: Miami balances star power with rebounding grit in Game 1 win

    Jun 1, 2011, 2:26 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game One

    All that it’s taken for the Miami Heat to win games in this year’s playoffs is the ability to maintain reasonable margins. They go on runs, they shut down their opponents’ offensive options, and they stretch their legs with displays of supreme athleticism, but the body of the single-game narrative — the initial 43 or…

  12. Dirk Nowitzki injures finger on non-shooting hand

    Jun 1, 2011, 2:05 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game One

    In the fourth quarter of Game 1, Dirk Nowitzki made a clean strip of Chris Bosh as he was driving toward the basket, but he got called for the makeup foul after a bad whistle on the other end. To add to the problems, Nowitzki tore a tendon in his left index finger on the…

  13. NBA Playoffs: Dallas shooters go cold… or was it the Heat?

    Jun 1, 2011, 1:34 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game One

    It will be the “chicken or the egg” question out of Game 1, and we will not really know the answer until we are well along in this series. Did the Dallas Mavericks just miss shots, or did the Miami Heat make them miss? Because the key Dallas shooters were shooting like they played for…

  14. NBA Playoffs: Heat move ball, make shots, play defense, draw first blood

    Jun 1, 2011, 1:15 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game One

    Coming into the NBA Finals, everyone was expecting a battle between Dallas’ smooth, sweet-shooting, ball-movement heavy offense and Miami’s aggressive, swarming, athletic, grinding defense. Not only did the low-scoring game go the way the Heat wanted it to, but the Heat flipped the script on the Mavericks and beat them in the areas Dallas was…

  15. Mark Cuban, staying silent

    May 31, 2011, 6:58 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban

    Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has never been shy about — well, anything, ever. He blogs, he tweets, he talks, he seemingly rarely has a private thought. And yet, a half-decade after the Mavericks lost to the Heat in the Finals and Cuban was at his most visible, vocal, and demonstrative, Cuban has gone into something…

  16. How the Heat won home-court

    May 31, 2011, 6:42 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    The 2-3-2 format of the NBA Finals makes home-court a huge advantage — in order to win the series, the team without home-court advantage has to either win three games in a row or two games on the road over the course of a seven-game series. In this year’s NBA Finals, the Heat have home-court…

  17. Video: The Basketball Jones recaps the 2011 playoffs

    May 31, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Two

    One good reason to move to Canada, say from a city like Atlanta, is to be able to watch J.E. Skeets and Tas Melas of The Basketball Jones on The Score. However, as a native Californian with thin blood, I’m not moving north. Not even for them. So let’s bring them to us. What follows…

  18. Referees announced for Game 1 of NBA finals

    May 31, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Dallas Mavericks

    Your crew of referees for Game 1 of the NBA finals has been announced: Steve Javie, Mike Callahan and Bill Kennedy. Bill Spooner is the alternate. That’s a solid crew, one that should by reputation be pretty even handed. It also lacks the name that will turn the stomach of Mavs fans — Bennett Salvatore.…

  19. NBA finals Game 1 preview: It’s more than LeBron and Dirk

    May 31, 2011, 12:53 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    It’s one thing to watch the tape and read the report. Dallas knows it has to turn Dwyane Wade and LeBron James into contested jump shooters, not let them drive or get going in transition. Miami knows it needs to front Dirk Nowitzki, force him to put the ball on the floor going right and…

  20. Are the Mavericks the real villains in the NBA?

    May 31, 2011, 12:24 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban

    Hating the Heat is very trendy now. LeBron James going to Miami touched a nerve with fans and that has turned whomever they are playing into America’s team. Miami’s collection of talent just seems unfair to some, and players deciding to play together seems like cheating to them. The Heat are being blamed for ruining…

  21. Dirk Nowitzki’s workouts unconventional to say the least

    May 31, 2011, 11:13 AM EDT

    Mavericks' Nowitzki looks on during practice as they prepare for the NBA basketball finals in Miami

    Dirk Nowitzki hits everything. In the playoffs, every time a shot leaves his hand you think it is going in, no matter how awkward his body position looks. And it feels different than other players who do the same thing. You see Kobe Bryant hit a leaning one-legged three pointer and you think “he probably…

  22. PBT Tuesday morning one liners

    May 31, 2011, 10:25 AM EDT

    T-Mobile Magenta Carpet At The NBA All-Star Game - Arrivals

    If you are looking for some over-the-top, ridiculous hatred of the Heat, start with this link. Having an age limit has not reduced the number of draft busts. Moving the age limit to 20 won’t help either. And it’s just plain wrong. A look at where things stand one month from the start of the lockout.…

  23. Thunder want Kendrick Perkins to get healthy this summer

    May 31, 2011, 10:06 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Four

    Some people in Oklahoma City blamed Kendrick Perkins for the fall of the Thunder in the conference finals to Dallas. Those people are wrong. Perkins was not causing Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant to miss shots at the end of games. Jeff Green would not have saved them (people continue to overvalue him). Perkins was…

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