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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. Video: Tyson Chandler knows how to finish an ally-oop

    May 3, 2011, 9:52 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    Tyson Chandler has had it pretty good. For a few years he was setting the picks and finishing the lobs of Chris Paul. Now, Jason Kidd is his point guard, and he can throw a nice lob, too. As he did in the fourth quarter Monday, part of the Mavericks late charge to overtake the…

  14. NBA Playoffs: Dallas, Los Angeles finally meet in postseason

    May 2, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson Tyson Chandler

    Seriously, how has this not happened before? The Dallas Mavericks have been to the playoffs 11 consecutive years reaching all the NBA finals one time. The Lakers have been the Lakers in that same time, having been one of the most dominant teams in the NBA. Yet there has been no playoff meetings between these…

  15. Mavericks not getting Caron Butler back in Lakers series

    May 1, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Caron Butler

    Caron Butler would be a big help against the Lakers, defending Kobe Bryant and providing some scoring from the wings. But the Dallas Mavericks are not going to have him. Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle made it as clear as could be, as reported by ESPN. “He is not going to play in this series,” Carlisle…

  16. “Mammas don’t let your babies grow up to be Lakers fans”

    May 1, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Washington Wizards

    Yes, we know this is not Dirk Nowitzki actually singing in the video. (Or do we…..) And we’re more sure that is not the worst animated Mark Cuban ever playing guitar. Unless he has really let himself go. But still this another classic from the Mavs marketing department. If this series were decided by clever…

  17. Western Conference Round 2 Playoff Preview: Los Angeles vs. Dallas

    Apr 29, 2011, 5:29 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    SEASON RECORDS Mavericks: 57-25 (No. 3 seed in Western Conference) Lakers: 57-25 (No. 2 seed) SEASON SERIES Lakers 2-1, and Los Angeles dominated the last two between these teams in March (during the Lakers post All-Star Game hot streak). PLAYOFF SERIES Mavericks: defeated the Portland Trailblazers 4-2 Lakers: defeated New Orleans Hornets 4-2 SERIES SCHEDULE…

  18. NBA Playoffs: Portland’s passion no match for Dallas execution

    Apr 29, 2011, 3:37 AM EDT

    Trail Blazers Wallace celebrates against Mavericks during NBA playoff game in Portland, Oregon.

    Like Brandon Roy before him, Portland’s Gerald Wallace gave it everything he could on Thursday night. There was the 9-0 run by himself at the start, the playing through back pain, the great fourth quarter effort that culminated in 32 points (on 17 shots). But as it has been for most of this series, even…

  19. When asked about thrown item, Mark Cuban throws expletives

    Apr 28, 2011, 6:44 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets, Game 2

    Note to self: Remember to ask Mark Cuban new questions. Remember back at Game 3 of the Portland/Dallas series when Mavericks owner Mark Cuban got hit with a projectile thrown from the stands by a Blazers fan? And we all smiled and moved on. Well the Portland Tribune decided there should be more information on…

  20. NBA Playoffs: Portland’s offense had better turn up soon

    Apr 28, 2011, 6:02 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    Dallas is the team in control here. Not just because they are up 3-2 in games, but because they have controlled play for all but one quarter in recent games and for most of this series. Dallas has shot better, rebounded better and defended better. Portland had Brandon Roy in the hot tub time machine…

  21. Late game screen adds some bad blood to Dallas, Portland series

    Apr 26, 2011, 2:09 PM EDT

    Mavericks' Chandler gestures towards an official as Trail Blazers' Camby runs up court during their NBA Western Conference playoff game in Dallas

    Now, just to add to the big comebacks and pressure shot in a fun series, we have some real bad blood between Dallas and Portland. It stems from this play at the end of Dallas’ win to take a 3-2 series. With just 18 seconds left in a nine-point game, you usually see the defenders…

  22. NBA Playoffs: No comeback this time, Dallas gets defensive in win

    Apr 25, 2011, 11:56 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Dallas has basically won seven of the last eight quarters against Portland. The series is 3-2 and headed back to Portland because of Brandon Roy’s epic fourth quarter Saturday (which John Hollinger of ESPN said so well was not Roy’s best quarter it was anyone’s best quarter). Monday night there was no Roy making plays…

  23. NBA Playoffs: Will the Mavs come undone?

    Apr 25, 2011, 5:27 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Four

    There aren’t many choke job opportunities in your every day life. Think about it. You can say someone choked on that stage, but they never go through 80% of speech or performance and then just when the crowd is preparing to give them a standing ovation trip on a banana peel or make a racist…

  24. Video: Watch Brandon Roy’s amazing fourth quarter

    Apr 24, 2011, 8:13 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Four

    Enjoy the moment. Don’t think about what Brandon Roy will be or do next season. Don’t think about his knees. Don’t think about how all that robbed us of many more nights like this. Bask in the glory of the playoffs. Of one man’s mind over matter. Of Brandon Roy dropping 18 fourth-quarter points on…

  25. NBA Playoffs: Brandon Roy and the Rose Garden Time Machine

    Apr 23, 2011, 8:28 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Four

    Portland 84 Dallas 82. You could not have written it better. Well, maybe if it was Game 7. But then it would be in Dallas and that’s a whole different result. In sports, a lot of us have become repulsed by cliches, by ridiculous preconceived storylines forced down our throats. But there is still something…

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