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

    Jun 4, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. Miami’s celebration only issue in mind of Mavericks

    Jun 3, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    It became the hot topic Thursday night after the Dallas Mavericks evened the NBA finals 1-1 with a 95-93 win in Game 2 — how Miami’s celebration midway through the fourth quarter sparked Dallas’ comeback. If it did. Players were asked about it and it became the hot discussion on twitter. What you think of…

  5. NBA Playoffs: Dallas looks to rebound. Literally.

    Jun 2, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade goes up for a basket against the Dallas Mavericks during the second half in Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Miami

    Dallas learned some hard lessons and was asked some hard questions in their Game 1 loss in the NBA finals. What do they have to do to rebound from that and even their series with the Heat? Rebound. Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said “rebound” so often during his Thursday morning meeting with the press it…

  6. Nowitzki says finger injury may affect dribbling, passing

    Jun 2, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    This is not about to stop him — Dirk Nowitzki is going to be out there on the court against the Miami Heat on Thursday night with a splint on the upper half of the middle finger on his left hand (non-shooting hand). He can adjust his shot and how he uses his guide hand…

  7. NBA finals draw biggest rating since Shaq/Kobe teams

    Jun 1, 2011, 2:12 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game One

    It’s a glass half full or half empty kind of thing. The facts are that Game 1 of the NBA finals Tuesday — Miami’s 92-84 win over Dallas — drew a 10.7 rating nationally, the highest rating for a Game 1 since the 2004 NBA finals (the Pistons vs. the Lakers of Shaq, Kobe, Karl…

  8. Miami shredded the Dallas zone in Game 1

    Jun 1, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game One

    Dallas has counted on its zone defense as more than just a change of pace. In a series where Tyson Chandler might have to chase Chris Bosh out on the perimeter, the zone could be a way to keep Chandler in the paint protecting the rim. But in Game 1, the Heat just shredded it.…

  9. Video: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade take over late

    Jun 1, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game One

    It was one fo the interesting questions coming into Game 1: Both the Heat and Mavericks had dominated late in games in the playoffs. That’s why both had advanced, both executed under pressure. So who would win the battle when they faced off. LeBron James and Dywane Wade would. We should have guessed that. The…

  10. Heat’s Mike Miller leaves arena in sling with shoulder injury

    Jun 1, 2011, 2:40 AM EDT

    Heat's Miller reacts after sinking a three point basket against the Mavericks during Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Miami

    They say it’s not that bad, but any time a key cog for a team leaves the arena wearing a sling you have to wonder. Mike Miller aggravated a left shoulder or arm injury late in the Game 1 Miami win and left the arena wearing a sling, according to multiple reports. He first tweaked…

  11. Dirk Nowitzki injures finger on non-shooting hand

    Jun 1, 2011, 2:05 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jun 1, 2011, 1:34 AM EDT

    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…

  13. Referees announced for Game 1 of NBA finals

    May 31, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

    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.…

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

    May 31, 2011, 12:53 PM EDT

    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…

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

    May 31, 2011, 12:24 PM EDT

    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…

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

    May 31, 2011, 11:13 AM EDT

    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…

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

    May 31, 2011, 9:10 AM EDT

    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…

  18. Dwyane Wade practices, says he is not hurt

    May 30, 2011, 4:37 PM EDT

    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…

  19. Dallas gets to sit back and relax… but don’t expect rust

    May 26, 2011, 2:42 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    Dallas now has some time to put its feet up and relax after polishing off the Thunder 100-96 in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. They’ve got a wait ahead of them. At least until next Tuesday (if Miami wins on Thursday night), maybe until June 2 (if Chicago wins). Either way, nearly a…

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