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  1. 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…

  2. 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,…

  3. NBA Finals: Mavs win Game 4, but all eyes are on LeBron

    Jun 8, 2011, 3:18 AM EDT

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    The Miami Heat lost Game 4, 83-86, in part because of LeBron James. That’s okay. Players are allowed to have off nights. They’re allowed to struggle. They’re allowed to be passive once in awhile, and frankly, it’s human nature to ease off the gas from time to time. But in doing so, they strengthen the…

  4. 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…

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

    Jun 8, 2011, 1:07 AM EDT

    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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. The NBA Finals are still drawing really high ratings

    Jun 6, 2011, 8:06 PM EDT

    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. Nowitzki: Terry needs to step up in the clutch

    Jun 6, 2011, 7:49 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game One

    Dallas is now 1-1 in clutch situations in these Finals, but Dirk Nowitzki has an idea of how they could get a little bit better. ESPN Dallas’ Jeff Caplan has the report: “They keep sticking [LeBron James] on Jet in the fourth quarters and he’s been doing a good job,” Nowitzki said. “Jet hasn’t really…

  11. Dallas’ Stevenson calls the Heat “actors”

    Jun 6, 2011, 7:19 PM EDT

    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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. NBA Finals: Miami endures, wins Game 3 to take a 2-1 series lead over Dallas

    Jun 6, 2011, 1:23 AM EDT

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    Game 3 of the 2011 NBA Finals was a 48-minute spectacular. It was a heartbreaker and a series changer. It was valiant, defeating, and entertaining, and it was decided by an incredibly slim margin. With a single bucket — a Chris Bosh baseline jumper, to be exact — Miami topped Dallas, 88-86, in a riveting…

  15. Dallas finally runs out of comebacks in Game 3 of the Finals

    Jun 6, 2011, 1:04 AM EDT

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    The Mavericks have made a living off of big comebacks to get to this point in the postseason, but at some point, constantly fighting back from behind gets to be too much. That point may have been reached in Game 3 of the Finals on Sunday, when Dallas, for the second consecutive game, erased all…

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

    Jun 6, 2011, 12:43 AM EDT

    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. 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…

  18. 5 things to watch for in the NBA Finals’ Game 3

    Jun 5, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

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    The series is tied, and teams are 11-0 when winning the third game of a 2-3-2 series tied 1-1. The Heat have looked unstoppable and then collapsed. The Mavericks have looked overwhelmed and then charged back to victory. Anyone who thought this series was going to be quick or easy has had a lesson in…

  19. Video: Heat, Mavericks Talk About Game 3

    Jun 4, 2011, 9:07 PM EDT

    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. Expect LeBron, Wade, and the rest of the Heat to keep right on “celebrating”

    Jun 4, 2011, 5:26 PM EDT

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    After the Mavericks made their incredible comeback in Game 2,  erasing all of a 15-point Miami lead with just over seven minutes remaining, there were some in the media who were looking to make something out of nothing. The storyline that was concocted was that the “celebration” that went on in front of the Mavericks’…

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

    Jun 4, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jun 3, 2011, 11:24 AM EDT

    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…

  23. Video: Dirk Nowitzki’s game winner

    Jun 3, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Miami had a 15 point lead in this game because of their defense. But after they went up 15 they took their foot off the gas when Dallas got focused. You can see it all on this play — Dirk Nowitzki‘s game winning shot. The Heat have a foul to give (Nowitzki said he started…

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