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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Bynum suspended five games for hit on Barea

    May 10, 2011, 7:08 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    The NBA has announced that Lakers center Andrew Bynum will be suspended for the first five games of the regular season for his flying elbow shot to Mavericks guard J.J. Barea in the fourth quarter of Game 4 of the Mavericks-Lakers playoff series. Bynum will also be fined $25,000 for “the manner in which he…

  11. Andrew Bynum apologizes for hit on J.J. Barea

    May 10, 2011, 1:19 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    Here’s the thing about Andrew Bynum — he’s one of the more introspective Lakers. He’s thoughtful, an avid reader, a genuinely good kid, but at times acts like a 23-year-old. An immature 23-year-old. And when the frustration over the Lakers loss boiled over, he acted immaturely. At best. At his exit interview Tuesday, he apologized…

  12. NBA Playoffs: Game 4, where we find out if the Lakers care

    May 8, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    We can talk about matchups — like how the Lakers need to get some kind of production out of the point guard spot — but that’s not really the biggest key in Game 4 in Dallas on Sunday. It’s which Lakers team shows up. More than anything, the Lakers have looked mentally fatigued in this…

  13. Lakers’ Gasol admits he needs to “snap out of it”

    May 7, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    One thing we have learned from this postseason — the Lakers are not nearly as good without Pau Gasol. Technically they have had Gasol. He has played 36 minutes a game through the Lakers’ nine playoff games. But he hasn’t been the same guy as he was in the regular season. That Gasol put up 18.8…

  14. NBA Playoffs: Dallas is just better than the Lakers

    May 7, 2011, 2:00 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Nowitzki celebrates hitting a three-point shot in the second half against the Los Angeles Lakers during Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff in Dallas

    The Dallas Mavericks are better than the Los Angeles Lakers. It is a weird thing to type, but it’s true. They may not have been for 40 minutes, 30 seconds on Friday night — the Lakers were up eight points with 7:30 left in the game — but the Mavericks offense dominated the rest of the way. Dallas…

  15. Lakers to start Odom, Gasol, Bynum in one long front line

    May 6, 2011, 3:26 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    All season, the only real chance that Lakers fans got to see what Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum looked like playing at the same time was on NBA 2K11. Because Phil Jackson almost never ran that lineup out there — 2:30 for the entire season. Total. But with the season on the line…

  16. Winderman: Is a Back to the Future 2006 Heat vs. Mavs finals ahead?

    May 6, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

    Heat 2206 NBA finals

    With the Mavericks playing from a position of strength against the Lakers and the Heat in early control against the Celtics, in many ways it’s as if it’s 2006 all over again. While a Heat-Mavericks NBA Finals this time would have the Heat as the home team (because of what previously seemed like an innocuous…

  17. If Lakers lose big roster changes could be on horizon

    May 6, 2011, 10:36 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    There is a historical precedent for this. The Lakers won three consecutive titles from 2000-2002, then lost in 2003 to the Spurs. The next season they had nine new players. That 2004 team lost in the NBA finals to Detroit, The next year they had 10 new players. So while the Lakers won it all…

  18. NBA Playoffs: For both Mavericks, Lakers next two games are the real test

    May 6, 2011, 3:35 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    It’s really about the next two games. The Los Angeles Lakers, their dreams of a three-peat — a fourth three-peat for departing coach Phil Jackson — and a spot in the NBA pantheon rests on sweeping the next two games. Which starts with winning one, Game 3, and planting the seed of doubt in the…

  19. What the Dallas Mavericks are doing right

    May 6, 2011, 12:19 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki slaps hands with team-mate Jason Kidd in LA

    It’s not all Lakers mistakes. Yes, the Lakers are making mistakes. But the narrative of this series has focused on those errors, and that has stolen a deserved spotlight from the Dallas Mavericks — they are winning this series because they are doing things well. Dallas is making plays, forcing tough decisions, then executing when…

  20. It’s official, Lakers Ron Artest suspended for Game 3

    May 5, 2011, 4:08 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    As was expected, the NBA has suspended Lakers forward Ron Artest for Game 3 of the Lakers series against Dallas. The reason was Artest smacked J.J. Barea across the face with his forearm near the end of the Lakers Game 2 loss. It was deserved. Watch the video at this link if you haven’t seen…

  21. Ron Artest will get suspended for clothesline on Barea

    May 5, 2011, 12:54 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    I have not gone back and officially checked the NBA rulebook today, but I’m fairly convinced that clotheslining an opponent is illegal. Right up there with throwing an elbow while jumping off the top turnbuckle and hitting him over the head with a metal  folding chair. All fine moves when the WWE referee is distracted, but…

  22. Video: Tyson Chandler can still finish with authority

    May 5, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    Tyson Chandler used to finish pretty little ally-oop passes from Chris Paul with thunderous authority. Turns out he can still do that. Finish we mean. Paul isn’t throwing the lobs any more instead it’s Dallas Mavericks teammates like Jason Terry. Chandler got a few of these feeds in the Mavericks Game 2 upset of the…

  23. Lakers’ Bynum: “We’ve got trust issues right now”

    May 5, 2011, 3:28 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    The Lakers certainly aren’t playing like a championship team. They’re not sounding like one, either. “It’s obvious we have trust issues, and unless we come out and discuss them then nothing is going to change,” center Andrew Bynum said after the game. Trust issues with what? “Individually. Between all 13 of us we’ve got trust…

  24. NBA Playoffs: Dallas stands up to Lakers front line, lead 2-0

    May 5, 2011, 2:45 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    The Lakers are back-to-back champions for two key reasons. One is Kobe Bryant. The other is that nobody has been able to stand up to their front line. There are 7-footers Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol, plus 6’10” Lamar Odom — all very long and very skilled. All very hard to stop. Dallas has. That…

  25. NBA Playoffs: It’s not all about the Lakers… but it’s close

    May 4, 2011, 3:43 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    I don’t want to write that Game 2 is really about the Lakers — how they adjust, what effort they bring, whether they stick with their game plan. Because that is dismissive of a very good Mavericks team. This version of Dallas is different — past Mavs teams would have lost Game 1, not taken…

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