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  1. Don’t expect Brendan Haywood to play in Game 5

    Jun 9, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Officially, Brendan Haywood is a game time decision for Game 5. Officially, I have a chance of getting a date with Minka Kelly. Both of these things have about the same chance of happening. Which is to say, don’t expect Brendan Haywood to play in Game 5 Thursday night for Dallas. Which is what Tim…

  2. Dwyane Wade thanks Dallas for trash talking LeBron

    Jun 9, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    Jason Terry said LeBron James couldn’t guard him tightly for seven games. DeShawn Stevenson said LeBron “checked out” of Game 4. The Miami Heat heard all that. LeBron heard all that. Dwyane Wade told Dallas thank you for adding fuel to the fire under the best player walking the planet, as reported by Matt Moore…

  3. Video: Game 4 poetry in motion

    Jun 9, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks go

    Do you like your NBA highlights in slow motion with some sort of modern/classical piano music in the background? Of course you do, it’s like apple pie with ice cream. So, that’s what we have for you, some great highlights courtesy the people at NBA.com. Just to whet your appetite for Game 5. Enjoy. And…

  4. NBA finals: Aggressive LeBron not enough, must find groove with Wade

    Jun 9, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    We all kept talking about it and marveling at it during the Heat’s defeats against Boston and Chicago to reach the NBA finals — LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were playing together. Not next to each other, they were working off the ball to get open when the other had the ball, they were running…

  5. LeBron tweets sense of urgency, will he play with it?

    Jun 9, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    LeBron James had a usage rate of 20.5 last game — meaning when he was on the floor 20.5 percent of the time a play ended with a James shot, turnover or trip to the free throw line. That is his lowest number in any regular season or playoff game this past season. And according…

  6. Video: Heat, Mavericks talk about Game 5

    Jun 9, 2011, 10:05 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki of Germany, who has flu, wipes his nose during an interview for the NBA Finals basketball series against the Miami Heat in Dallas

    Game 5 is going to be fun. Dirk Nowitzki says he is healthy. LeBron James says he is going to play like LeBron James. Tyson Chandler will be a force, as will Dwyane Wade. We’ll have a preview for you later on today, but for now, listen to the players and coaches talk about Game…

  7. You like it, you really like it — NBA finals ratings strong

    Jun 8, 2011, 7:57 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    Once again last night, the Miami Heat collapse/dramatic Dallas comeback (choose your own narrative) was the highest rated thing on television. What’s more, through four games this remains the highest-rated finals since 2004, which was the year everybody tuned in around the globe to watch Ben Wallace play defense… well that or to watch Shaq…

  8. DeShawn Stevenson says LeBron “checked out,” is that news?

    Jun 8, 2011, 4:27 PM EDT

    Jason Kidd (R) of the Dallas Mavericks g

    Because somehow a Game 5 of the NBA finals with the series tied 2-2 isn’t enough, there seems to be some manufactured drama going regarding LeBron James. And it isn’t even his fault this time. First comes this from the Associated Press: Mavericks guard DeShawn Stevenson is directing some sharp words toward Miami’s LeBron James…

  9. In Game 4, Jason Terry lived up to the talk

    Jun 8, 2011, 1:54 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Heat Mavericks Basketball

    Jason Terry got singled out by Dirk Nowitzki after Game 3. Then Terry talked some smack, saying LeBron James couldn’t keep him down for seven games. We all chuckled. But after Game 4, Terry is the one laughing. Terry finished with 17 points, 8 of those coming in the fourth quarter. He attacked the rim…

  10. Mavs’ Brendan Haywood could be out for rest of finals

    Jun 8, 2011, 11:49 AM EDT

    Brendan Haywood (C) of the Dallas Maveri

    Brendan Haywood gave it a shot on his bad hip, he played 3:05 (time that included a nice rest at the end of the first quarter) but he couldn’t do much. Chris Bosh blew by him like he was statue, Haywood had no lateral movement. And he admitted to ESPN Dallas the strained right hip…

  11. Video: Dwyane Wade blocks Tyson Chandler’s dunk

    Jun 8, 2011, 8:57 AM EDT

    Tyson Chandler, Dwyane Wade

    There were a lot of amazing plays down the stretch of Game 4. And a lot of missed shots. But also a lot of great plays. But the one that may have been the most amazing was Dwyane Wade‘s block of a Tyson Chandler dunk. This is not some soft guy rolling to the rim,…

  12. Dallas was much more than sick Dirk Tuesday night

    Jun 8, 2011, 2:37 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jun 8, 2011, 12:58 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jun 7, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jun 7, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

    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…

  16. Will Mario Chalmers turn big finals shots into big payday?

    Jun 7, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    It’s an annual tradition in the NBA: Some player who flew under the radar for most of the season steps up big in the playoffs and finals, then gets rewarded with an oversized contract by another team that falls in love with that performance. Miami’s Mario Chalmers is the leading candidate to be that guy…

  17. Video: Heat, Mavs players talk Game 4

    Jun 7, 2011, 10:11 AM EDT

    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…

  18. Mavs Brendan Haywood questionable for Game 4

    Jun 6, 2011, 2:58 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jun 6, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jun 6, 2011, 11:23 AM EDT

    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…

  21. Video: Chris Bosh drains game winner

    Jun 6, 2011, 9:37 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jun 6, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    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.…

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

    Jun 5, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

    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…

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