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  1. Dallas was much more than sick Dirk Tuesday night

    Jun 8, 2011, 2:37 AM EST

    NBA Finals Heat Mavericks Basketball

    Dirk Nowitzki was an inspiration, a guy with a triple-digit fever hitting what was essentially the game-winning bucket, the dagger shot on a scoop layup with 14 seconds left. But he’s not why the Mavericks won. Or not primarily. They won because of zone defense and Tyson Chandler and the pick-and-roll and a number of…

  2. NBA Playoffs: Heat can’t survive career-low scoring performance from LeBron

    Jun 8, 2011, 1:07 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    For the fourth time in the 2011 NBA Finals, the Heat came into the fourth quarter with a big lead. For the second time, they came away with a loss, this time by a final score of 86-83. And for the second time, the Heat’s failure to secure a victory can be traced directly back…

  3. Nowitzki finds way to lead despite triple-digit temperature

    Jun 8, 2011, 12:58 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki looks up with Mavericks fans standing in the background during Game 4 of the NBA Finals basketball series against the Miami Heat in Dallas

    Dirk Nowitzki just seemed off. Well, it didn’t look like that for the first few minutes of the game, when he had the Mavericks first six points including a ridiculous rainbow turnaround. Those shots had you thinking it could be one of those nights for the perfect German scoring machine. Then he fell apart, hitting…

  4. Spoelstra will not change Heat’s starting lineup if Barea starts

    Jun 7, 2011, 7:33 PM EST

    Mike Bibby

    According to multiple sources, according our own Ira Winderman, the Miami Heat will not change their starting lineup for Game 4 of the NBA Finals, even if the Mavericks replace DeShawn Stevenson with J.J. Barea in their starting lineup. As I mentioned earlier, this does change things up a bit for the Heat — as…

  5. Barea billboard takes a jab at Kobe

    Jun 7, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    Barea Billboard

    That is a billboard in Dallas guard J.J. Barea’s native Puerto Rico. The statement on it (via The Basketball Jones, via Bethlehem Shoals), translates to “Only my ribs hurt, but for Kobe, it’s his ego.” When the Mavericks were leading by 30 in the final quarter of the final game of a sweep of the…

  6. Winderman: Wade is finals MVP, but LeBron playoff MVP

    Jun 7, 2011, 3:49 PM EST

    Heat's James celebrates a basket with teammate Wade during Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Miami

    It was another of those too-much-time-for-questions moments at these NBA Finals. Still two victories from an NBA title (which is as many victories as the Heat currently have), LeBron James was asked Tuesday morning if his legacy requires he be named Most Valuable Player of these Finals, as well. Once again, in what is becoming…

  7. NBA finals: Dirk must do some work, get some help

    Jun 7, 2011, 2:59 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    Dallas has played surprisingly good defense in these NBA finals through three games. Miami shot 48.1 percent as a team in the regular season, 42.9 percent in the finals. Miami’s offensive rating (points per 100 possessions) has fallen from 109.3 during the season to 102.8 in the playoffs, which has worked out to Miami scoring…

  8. Video: Heat, Mavs players talk Game 4

    Jun 7, 2011, 10:11 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    Thursday night is pretty much a must win for Dallas. Not technically, lose and they play another day, but if you think they can come back from a 3-1 deficit then you need to stay away from those magic brownies. In the video below Rick Carlisle and Dirk Nowitzki talk about just how hard it…

  9. The NBA Finals are still drawing really high ratings

    Jun 6, 2011, 8:06 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    It’s been true since day 1 of the season, and it’s still true through the Finals: a lot of people are tuning in to watch the Heat play basketball. According to a press release distributed by ESPN and ABC, the Finals are averaging 15.3 million viewers through three games, which is the highest average number of viewers…

  10. Dallas’ Stevenson calls the Heat “actors”

    Jun 6, 2011, 7:19 PM EST

    DeShawn Stevenson

    The Mavericks may be facing a 2-1 series deficit to the Miami Heat, but that isn’t stopping Mavericks guard DeShawn Stevenson from offering up some choice words on how he thinks the Heat play the game. ESPN Dallas’ Art Garcia has the story: DALLAS — Foul or not, Dallas Mavericks guard DeShawn Stevenson said Miami Heat starsLeBron James and Dwyane Wade do a better…

  11. Mavs Brendan Haywood questionable for Game 4

    Jun 6, 2011, 2:58 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Dallas missed Brendan Haywood in Game 3, as he sat out with a hip injury. When Tyson Chandler got some rest, Ian Mahinmi came in and picked up two points, one rebound and five fouls in eight minutes and was a -6. And that line makes it sound better than it looked. It leads to…

  12. LeBron, Wade able to share “alpha dog” role just fine

    Jun 6, 2011, 1:38 PM EST

    Heat's James congratulates Wade after scoring against the Mavericks during fourth quarter in Game 2 of the NBA Finals in Miami

    Because some people just need to criticize LeBron James no matter what he does, there were ridiculous columns out about LeBron James shrinking from the spotlight after the Heat won Game 3. Questions LeBron just shot down in his press conference. But, this situation in Miami is different than what we saw with the Lakers…

  13. Mario Chalmers dramatic shot shouldn’t have counted. Maybe.

    Jun 6, 2011, 11:23 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    UPDATE 11:23 am: Or, maybe we have it wrong and the shot should have counted. According to Refcalls.com, it’s an unclear area of the rulebook, however the way they read it because Chalmers leapt in the air to get the pass then landed in the front court he was neither in the front or back…

  14. Video: Chris Bosh drains game winner

    Jun 6, 2011, 9:37 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    Miami has gotten in trouble this series when they have gone to LeBron James or Dwyane Wade in isolation. When it became hero ball as they tried to knock down the long jumper or drove headlong into the teeth of the defense. And in the biggest moment of the series you wondered if they may…

  15. Dirk needs help if Dallas is going to get a ring

    Jun 6, 2011, 8:15 AM EST

    Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks go

    Going into this series Dallas’ bench was going to be a huge factor. Well, they have been, just not in the way anybody was picturing. While single game +/- stats (how a team scores with a player on the court) can be misleading, we have an unmistakable trend broken out by Jeff Fogel at HoopData.…

  16. NBA Playoffs: Miami gets home-court back with erratic performance

    Jun 6, 2011, 12:43 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    For a little while, it looked like the Miami Heat’s 88-86 win over the Dallas Mavericks to give them a 2-1 lead in the series was going to be a repeat of Dallas’ dramatic Game 2 comeback victory. The Heat came out in attack mode and put the Mavericks on their heels early, attacking the…

  17. Report: Mavericks will try to bring back Chandler, Barea

    Jun 5, 2011, 5:01 PM EST

    Tyson Chandler of the Dallas Mavericks c

    There’s been a lot of talk that this run is Dirk Nowitzki’s last chance at a ring, because of his age and the makeup of the team. I’m not buying the age thing — I watched Game 2 of the finals. And the entire playoffs. The guy is averaging 28.1 points per game and shooing…

  18. Chris Bosh returns home to Dallas looking to spoil party

    Jun 5, 2011, 2:59 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Dallas has already made this series uncomfortable for Chris Bosh. Primarily covered by Tyson Chandler, Bosh has struggled, as Tom Haberstroh detailed at ESPN. This isn’t just a product of missing midrange jumpers. While he’s shot just 3-for-11 this series on long 2s, the real issue is the chip shots around the basket. Inside 10…

  19. Video: Heat, Mavericks Talk About Game 3

    Jun 4, 2011, 9:07 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Game 2 ended in as dramatic a fashion as any NBA finals game ever. But can the Mavericks carry that momentum over, or did the Heat just take their foot off the gas? Heat players didn’t talk about the stagnant offense at the end of the game, they talked about being flat on defense. At…

  20. What’s on their mind Saturday: Miami Heat

    Jun 4, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Whoops. That didn’t go how the Heat planned, I’m betting. So Saturday at Heat practice, Erik Spoelstra has to regroup the Heat mentally and emotionally to prepare them for a Game 3 that’s pretty much insanely important. (“OMG NO TEAM HAS EVER WON/LOST THE FINALS AFTER LOSING/WINNING GAME 3 IN A 2-3-2 FORMAT AFTER SPLITTING…

  21. What’s on their mind Saturday: Dallas Mavericks

    Jun 4, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    The Mavs have done what they set out to do. Well, okay, not really. They probably wanted to win both games in Miami, devastate their spirits ans set up a sweep. Easy is always better in such things. But a more realistic goal was to split the two games in Miami and regain homecourt advantage. Which…

  22. Mavs’ Brendan Haywood questionable for Game 3

    Jun 3, 2011, 9:42 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    The Mavericks backup center Brendan Haywood is questionable for Game 3 Sunday after injuring his right hip flexor in Game 2. Officially Haywood is day-to-day and Dallas coach Rick Carlisle was playing everything close to the vest as coaches do in the playoffs. ESPNDallas has the quotes. “We’ll know more tomorrow. He was not feeling…

  23. When Dallas got hot, Heat made host of bad decisions

    Jun 3, 2011, 11:24 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Give Dallas credit — this is not their first massive comeback these playoffs. They are in the finals because they executed better at the end of games better than any team in the West. This is a veteran team that does not easily fluster and they started running a fantastic staggered screen for Jason Terry…

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