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  1. History says Miami has a real chance to win this

    Jun 10, 2011, 11:27 AM EDT

    Lebron James (6) of the Miami Heat makes

    The odds favor the Dallas Mavericks — up 3-2 they need to win just one of the final two games in Miami to win the first title in the franchise’s history. Plus, the way they have been executing at the end of games, they must be considered the favorites. But history says Miami has a…

  2. LeBron James was good, but we expect more of him

    Jun 10, 2011, 10:49 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    The Miami Heat did not lose Thursday night because of LeBron James. But they didn’t win because of him either. That is ultimately the challenge that lies before him — he cannot be merely good, not if he is to meet the expectations put upon him,  ones he encouraged and welcomed — he needs to be…

  3. Video: Jason Terry sticks in the dagger

    Jun 10, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    On a night when there were hot shooters all over the court, Jason Terry was just ridiculous. He finished 8-of-12 shooting for 21 points. He was 5-of-9 from beyond 16 feet and he had key threes. But this is the one everyone will remember — the dagger three taken from roughly Fort Worth with a…

  4. NBA Finals: Dallas tops Miami in Game 5 with an outlier, but what of it?

    Jun 10, 2011, 3:38 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    The Dallas Mavericks took a 3-2 series lead on Thursday night with a 112-103 win, but their tremendous offense — the propulsive force that allowed them to pull within a single victory of taking the NBA title — was immediately tagged as an outlier, and saddled with all of the negative stigma that statistical improbabilities…

  5. Dwyane Wade downplays hip injury, Spoelstra cautious

    Jun 10, 2011, 1:24 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    As you would expect, Dwyane Wade said the bruised hip (that’s what it is being called officially) he suffered in the first quarter of Game 5 wouldn’t matter come Sunday and a must-win Game 6 for Miami. “No problem, I’ll be good for Game 6,” Wade said in his post-game press conference, broadcast on NBA…

  6. Dwyane Wade leaves game with hip injury, returns, leaves again

    Jun 9, 2011, 10:26 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    Dwyane Wade, the best Miami Heat player in the finals, left and went back to the locker room in the first quarter with a hip injury, but returned in the second quarter. He has played well but seems to be walking with a slight limp heading into halftime. He did not come out to start…

  7. LeBron says this is the biggest game of his career

    Jun 9, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    This is the biggest game in LeBron James career. It may only be that way for a few days, but right now it is. He gets it. That’s what he said at shootaround Thursday when asked about his “now or never” tweet, as reported by NBA.com’s Hangtime blog. “It was a personal message to myself,”…

  8. Miami’s real problem this series: Not enough high fives

    Jun 9, 2011, 3:16 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    Back in early 2010, researchers at the prestigious University of California, Berkeley, did a study that showed teams that high fived and touched each other more won more games. Seriously. I mean seriously they looked at all the tape from the 08-09 NBA season and found the Lakers and Celtics touched the most, some bad…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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,…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

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