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  1. NBA Finals: Miami balances star power with rebounding grit in Game 1 win

    Jun 1, 2011, 2:26 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game One

    All that it’s taken for the Miami Heat to win games in this year’s playoffs is the ability to maintain reasonable margins. They go on runs, they shut down their opponents’ offensive options, and they stretch their legs with displays of supreme athleticism, but the body of the single-game narrative — the initial 43 or…

  2. Dirk Nowitzki injures finger on non-shooting hand

    Jun 1, 2011, 2:05 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game One

    In the fourth quarter of Game 1, Dirk Nowitzki made a clean strip of Chris Bosh as he was driving toward the basket, but he got called for the makeup foul after a bad whistle on the other end. To add to the problems, Nowitzki tore a tendon in his left index finger on the…

  3. NBA Playoffs: Dallas shooters go cold… or was it the Heat?

    Jun 1, 2011, 1:34 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game One

    It will be the “chicken or the egg” question out of Game 1, and we will not really know the answer until we are well along in this series. Did the Dallas Mavericks just miss shots, or did the Miami Heat make them miss? Because the key Dallas shooters were shooting like they played for…

  4. Referees announced for Game 1 of NBA finals

    May 31, 2011, 1:44 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Dallas Mavericks

    Your crew of referees for Game 1 of the NBA finals has been announced: Steve Javie, Mike Callahan and Bill Kennedy. Bill Spooner is the alternate. That’s a solid crew, one that should by reputation be pretty even handed. It also lacks the name that will turn the stomach of Mavs fans — Bennett Salvatore.…

  5. NBA finals Game 1 preview: It’s more than LeBron and Dirk

    May 31, 2011, 12:53 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    It’s one thing to watch the tape and read the report. Dallas knows it has to turn Dwyane Wade and LeBron James into contested jump shooters, not let them drive or get going in transition. Miami knows it needs to front Dirk Nowitzki, force him to put the ball on the floor going right and…

  6. Are the Mavericks the real villains in the NBA?

    May 31, 2011, 12:24 PM EST

    Mark Cuban

    Hating the Heat is very trendy now. LeBron James going to Miami touched a nerve with fans and that has turned whomever they are playing into America’s team. Miami’s collection of talent just seems unfair to some, and players deciding to play together seems like cheating to them. The Heat are being blamed for ruining…

  7. Dirk Nowitzki’s workouts unconventional to say the least

    May 31, 2011, 11:13 AM EST

    Mavericks' Nowitzki looks on during practice as they prepare for the NBA basketball finals in Miami

    Dirk Nowitzki hits everything. In the playoffs, every time a shot leaves his hand you think it is going in, no matter how awkward his body position looks. And it feels different than other players who do the same thing. You see Kobe Bryant hit a leaning one-legged three pointer and you think “he probably…

  8. PBT’s plethora of Heat vs. Mavs previews — plus a live chat

    May 31, 2011, 9:10 AM EST

    NBA Finals Preview

    While you’ve spent the weekend barbecuing or water skiing, we’ve been pumping out the NBA finals previews. Breaking down the Heat vs. Mavericks. And there is more to come — including a live chat tonight during Game 1 (starting about 9 pm Eastern). Come on back by PBT tonight at chat during the game, starting…

  9. Dwyane Wade practices, says he is not hurt

    May 30, 2011, 4:37 PM EST

    Dwyane Wade

    Dwyane Wade has sounded more like a guy getting ready for the NHL Stanley Cup finals rather than the NBA finals — he refuses to discuss an injury. He’s had a heat pack on his shoulder. He’s had a guy stretching it out during games. His numbers were way down against the Bulls. But ask…

  10. Mavericks not superstitious, stay in same hotel as 2006

    May 30, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

    Dirk Nowitzki

    NBA players — and entire franchises — can be very superstitious. Very. But not the Dallas Mavericks. After what happened last time they played Miami in the NBA finals — winning the first two games then dropping the next four when Dwyane Wade took over — the Mavericks would change things up. But no, they…

  11. Video: Miami, Dallas season highlights

    May 30, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    The waiting for the finals to start only has to last another day and a half, then we can again watch men fail to cover Dirk Nowitzki and LeBron James. But in the interim we bring you a couple of videos — season highlight plays from the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks. Good stuff that…

  12. Remembering the five best NBA finals ever

    May 29, 2011, 11:13 AM EST

    Larry Bird Magic Johnson

    This is going to be one fascinating NBA finals. One of the most improbable and unexpected rematches. But it’s got big shoes to fill after last season, a seven-game thriller between the two most iconic of NBA franchises. In honor of that series and to dream about what could be coming up, we decided to…

  13. Not just Nowitzki looking for redemption on Mavericks

    May 29, 2011, 8:55 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Four

    For a lot of fans, the image of Dirk Nowitzki kicking exercise equipment as he walked back to the locker room after Dwyane Wade, Shaquille O’Neal and the Miami Heat eliminated him and the Mavericks back in 2006 is easy to remember. For many fans, these 2011 NBA finals are Nowtizki’s chance at redemption. But…

  14. NBA Finals: Go ahead and hate Heat, but respect them

    May 27, 2011, 11:04 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Washington Wizards

    LeBron James’ decision — and by extension LeBron himself — has become the most polarizing figure in the NBA. That can be good for business. Heat game television ratings are through the roof — because half the people tune in to root against them. Not that ABC cares much, they just want you to tune…

  15. Caron Butler “unlikely” to play against Heat in finals

    May 27, 2011, 9:37 PM EST

    Caron Butler

    The two times they met in the regular season, Caron Butler played a big role for the Dallas Mavericks against the Miami Heat. He averaged 18 points per game on 54 percent shooting and he covered Dwyane Wade and LeBron James for extended stretches. Don’t expect him to be back for the NBA finals. He…

  16. NBA Finals: Heat, Mavericks five keys to victory

    May 27, 2011, 6:04 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat

    Miami always seemed like they had a chance if they just came together — and they did at the right time. Dallas has been a surprise. We all knew they were good but we had been conditioned to expect them to fall flat in the playoffs. Instead Tyson Chandler gave them defensive toughness and Dirk…

  17. Complete turnover: Nobody from 2010 NBA finals returns

    May 27, 2011, 4:10 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers guard Bryant drives to the basket against Boston Celtics players in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Boston

    Almost always, there is some consistency year-to-year in the NBA finals — the Lakers have been there three straight, Boston two of the last three. Even when it’s new teams, it’s not uncommon for a player (a Robert Horry, a James Posey) to be role players on a different team to make the finals. Not…

  18. NBA Finals Preview: Dallas Mavericks vs. Miami Heat

    May 27, 2011, 4:45 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat

    SEASON RECORDS Mavericks: 57-25 (No. 3 seed in Western Conference) Heat: 58-24 (No. 2 seed in Eastern Conference) SEASON SERIES Dallas swept the season series 2-0. After a slow start to the season Miami went on a 22-2 streak — but both of those losses were to Dallas. That said, both games were before Christmas,…

  19. NBA Finals: Mavericks, Heat should mean fun fourth quarters

    May 27, 2011, 12:29 AM EST

    LeBron James Miami Heat

    The Miami Heat put on an incredible show, an amazing comeback. Ice-cold Dwyane Wade coming alive in the fourth quarter, eventually knocking down a ridiculous four-point play. Then LeBron James with a brilliant fourth quarter, including the pull-up 3-pointer to tie it and the block at the end to secure the 83-80 clincher in Game 5…

  20. Winner in Heat vs. Mavericks finals? American Airlines.

    May 26, 2011, 8:05 PM EST

    American Airlines Announces New Destinations From LAX, Including Non Stop To Shanghai

    Pop quiz hotshot: Where do the Miami Heat play their home games? AmericanAirlines Arena. Where do the Dallas Mavericks play their home games? American Airlines Center. Who do we know is one big winner if the Mavs face off against the Heat in the NBA finals? You guessed it. Darren Rovell at CNBC has the…

  21. NBA Playoffs: Fittingly Mavericks’ execution sends them to finals

    May 26, 2011, 12:56 AM EST

    Mavericks' players celebrate against the Thunder during Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference Final basketball playoff in Dallas

    It was fitting. Maybe it was the only way it could be, with Dallas coming from behind again. Game 5 was a microcosm of the four before it in the Western Conference finals. Oklahoma City came out and played with energy and passion. Their amazing athleticism caused problems for Dallas, but the Mavericks countered with…

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