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The Mavericks Win the 2011 NBA Championship

In a way, this series was like a fairy tale. Dirk Nowitzki was trying to get the first title of his career, while the Heat’s Big 3 were trying to prove to everyone that they are the best in the league. The Heat were the bad guys in this one, mainly because of the trio of LBJ, Wade, and Bosh. Remember when you were tryin to play basketball with your friends and one of the captains had a stacked team and the other team sucked? That’s the Heat right there. Outside of Miami, nobody liked the Heat. INSIDE Miami, there were a lot of bandwagon “fans” that only rooted for the Heat to watch the trio. The Heat were the favorites in this series (based on Las Vegas odds). However, it’s obviously impossible to predict the winner

The Mavs did it; they are you 2011 NBA Champions

of a series; if there were, nobody would watch it because everyone would know the outcome before the series started. In this series, the Mavs were looking for revenge on the Heat with that memory of ’06 still lurking in their minds. In addition, Dirk was looking to take the attention from the Heat trio and put it on himself and the Dallas Mavericks. He felt that the Mavs deserved all the attention because it’s been all Heat all season. No other team has gotten more heat from the media, more attention, or more scrutiny this season. The Almighty Dirk did not fare well in this game, but his TEAM was able to contribute (accent on team, because the Heat don’t play like one). Dirk scored 3 points through the first half, and I believe he finished with 12 points. The JET (Jason Eugene Terry) scored 27 points, hit all the big shots, and backed up his talk that LBJ couldn’t cover him. This definitely got into LeBron’s head, because he wasn’t on top of his game today (in the Most IMPORTANT GAME of his CAREER, no less!). After the game, the analysts talked about the reasons why the Heat lost. They concluded that the main reason is: 10 players beat 3. Everyone contributed on the Mavs, even if it was 2, 4,6 points or a couple rebounds or playin great D. The Heat? Well, the Trio did most of the work..And when you rely on 3 players to beat 10 what happens? You don’t win a championship, that’s for sure. I heard that 10 v 3 comment not only from the analysts but also from my friend patton26 at http://theeverydaymanssportsblog.wordpress.com/. The Mavs won Game 6, winning the NBA Finals 4-2 in the process. Better luck next time Heat!
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Game 6, Dirk looks for Revenge and a Ring

The NBA season is the longest season in professional sports. You could say golf or tennis, but they don’t have seasons (correct me if I’m wrong). It’s from the end of October to the middle of June, about 8 months. In order to win the championship in June, you need to be better than 14 teams (to make playoffs), then win 3 series, which will then take you to the Finals. The Mavs have worked hard to get to the Finals. The Heat? Well, their Big 3 have worked hard… The series has gone back and forth, first it was Miami, then Dallas, etc.. The series has certainly been exciting, particularly because of the storyline surrounding it. LeBron, Wade and Bosh teaming up on one team to win some rings, paired up against the vet Dirk and his supporting cast of Kidd, Terry, Marion, Chandler and the like. This storyline has certainly created friction between these two teams, possibly motivating them a bit more than any other series in the Playoffs.

Dirk will be on Top of his Game, I promise you that

During Game 5, Dirk came down with a sickness. He was coughing and sneezing for most of the game. Even thought the Heat lost, D-Wade and LeBron still had the nerve to mock the Almighty Dirk. During the post-game press conference, Nowitzki called this act “Childish, a little ignorant” (Courtesy to Yahoo.com). Many people say this act of childishness by D-Wade and LeBron will result in a more focused Dirk Nowitzki, which will lead to him shooting lights out, playing great D and getting some assists and rebounds along the way.

10 Bucks says LeBron's gonna choke in the 4th Quarter of Game 6

Here are my thoughts on the Heat: I have some respect for Wade. He’s been there for about 5 or 6 years, and even in tough times he stayed with the Heat. I hate LeBron’s guts. I can’t stand the man; he has no class! If he loses, he’ll cry like a baby and blame it on D-Wade, Bosh and the Heat bench. Possibly Erik Spolestra too. I don’t like Bosh either, but I am impressed that he didn’t mock Dirk;s illness. For that, I gained some respect for Boshosaurus Rex. I’m looking forward to the most exciting game of the year (so far). What’s your take on Game 6?
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NBA Finals Neck-and-Neck at 2-2

This has been a crazy basketball season so far. The LA Lakers getting swept by the Mavericks in the Playoffs. The Heat knocking off the Celtics in 6 games. And who can forget about Carmelo Anthony being shipped to NY? I certainly can; he didn’t do anything to help the franchise (so far). As soon as he came over, everyone was like, “We gonna go all the way this year with Stouda and ‘Melo.” Yea, like that’s gonna happen anytime soon. Anthony’s definitely a little overrated. Sure, it’s New York, everyone who lives here expects a championship just about every year. Not just in basketball, in all sports (Yankees, Giants/Jets). So, I think Carmelo disappointing the most arrogant fans on the planet; not that bad right? Seriously, the Knicks were playing MUCH better team ball before Melo came to town.  Ball Hog much?

Anyhow, the Mavericks and the Heat are tied at 2-2 in the Finals. It’s gone back and forth every game this series. In the games that the Heat won, they were able to pass the ball efficiently, drive to the rim, and pick up rebounds at will. In contrast, the Mavs won by rallying behind Dirk, because he can stay on very long hot streaks where he hits 10 shots in a row. The constant flopping of the players shows that its been a very physical series, especially for rebounds. If the pattern continues, the Heat will win Game 5. In addition, that means the Heat will also win 4 games before the Mavs, therefore winning the championship. Looks like Jason Terry’s tattoo was a jinx!

Looks like the Tattoo Didn't help the Mavs in the Finals....

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NBA Finals Game 3 Preview

We all know the story. It’s Dirk NoRingski and his veteran Mavericks pitted against the larger-than-life Heat. On paper, this series should be a 4-game sweep by the Heat. The combo of Baby Bron Bron, Wittle Wade, and the biggest crybaby in the league (Bosh) should be way too much for the Mavs to handle. Add in the fact that they’re a much more energetic team then the Mavs, and you have David v. Goliath.

Who won David v. Goliath? David.

Who represents David in the NBA Finals? Mavs.

David and Goliath

Courtesy Wikipedia.org

However, I understand that you might not be Christian/ believe what I believe. That’s ok; I don’t expect you to…

Getting back to the Finals: it’s tied at 1-1. The Heat took Game 1, capped off by LeBron and Wade in the 4th. They looked unstoppable; dominant. The Heat were able to drive right past their respective Mavs defenders, as a result getting to the rim. The Mavs picked up on this as the game progressed. To combat it, they dropped back a bit (so they didn’t give up any easy layups). However, the Mavs forgot that the Heat can shoot jumpers if they’re open. Although they’re mostly athletic, the Heat are also a good jump-shooting.

Game 2 was a pretty much the same until the start of the 4th. As soon as the 4th quarter started, the Mavs showed some fight. They went on a 22-5 run, took the lead late in the game, and won 95-93. It was crazy. Simply a beautiful comeback.

What will happen in Game 3? Only time will tell.

I’m pumped. What’s your take on this series?

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NBA Finals Game 1: Heat Take 1-0 Series Lead

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”- Albert Einstein

LeBron James will lead the Heat to a championship this season.

You heard me. I really hate to say it, but it’s true. The Miami Heat roster is too stacked compared to the Mavs. They’ve got James, Wade, AND Bosh. I’m honestly not surprised they didn’t win all 82 games of the regular season with that combo of All-Stars. Those 3 players combine for around 60 PPG, and that’s without adding in the other 2 starters and the bench players.

Teams that win Game 1 of any playoff series win the series 79% of the time. This means that 79 out of 100 teams would win the series if they win Game 1. To put it in practical terms, currently the Mavs have a 1/5 chance of winning the championship.

Although I talked about the Heat roster before, I forgot to mention that they have one of the youngest teams in the league. Compared to the Mavs, they have more stamina (they can last longer in games), quickness (agility, acceleration etc.), and energy (sort of self-explanatory). LeBron and Wade really showcased this in the 4th quarter of Game 1, when they sealed the deal against the Mavs. With the way LeBron’s playing, coupled with their stamina and youth, I wouldn’t be surprised if they SWEPT the Mavs to take the championship.

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Dr. Shaq Retires After 19 Spectacular Seasons

What? No way. Dr. Shaq?

Sadly, yes.

Shaquille O’Neal announced his retirement today (via Twitter). Shaq gave us 19 fun-filled seasons by way of his sense of humor and his ability to score the basketball. He was also a fantastic rebounder, averaging 10.9 rebounds per game.

The Big Shamrock Announced His Retirement From the NBA (via Twitter) on Wednesday.

Couple that with a 58.2 field goal percentage and you have a great player right there. Almost 60%? That’s 6 out of 10 shots made! This stat shows his excellent shot selection (knowing when to take a shot, when to pass it off, etc).The stat that really surprised me was his free throw percentage. It’s a staggering 52.7%. We all knew that free throws aren’t his forte, but c’mon, 52.7? Couldn’t get a number like 60 or 65? Honestly, that’s a pretty horrible percentage. I’m in high school and I think I can make at least 60%. Our coach tells us that 60% is average for HIGH SCHOOL. That means Shaq shot below the average for a HIGH SCHOOL basketball team. Just think about that…He’s getting payed millions of dollars a year right? He should be better than a group of high school kids 10 years younger than him.

“O’Neal ranks fifth all-time in points (28,596), and won four NBA championships, three NBA Finals MVP awards, two scoring titles and one league MVP” (Credit miamiherald.com). That pretty much sums up the basketball part of his career. Anyone to contest his future-HOF status obviously has never watched the Big Shamrock play. He was also a 15-time All-Star during his 19-year career. That’s only 4 years of non-All star status.

Here’s to Shaq, one of the Top 10 Greatest to ever play the game of Basketball!

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NBA Eastern Conference Finals: Game 2 Preview

Last Sunday, basketball fans witnessed a spectacular Game 1, pitting MVP Derrick Rose and the Bulls against the combo of LeBron/Wade/Bosh and the Heat. To be honest, the vast majority of fans are rooting for the Bulls to win the series. The only city that wants the

Wade and His Big 3 Look to Rebound Against the Bulls Tonight and Tie the Series at 1-1

Heat to win is Miami, their hometown. Outside of Miami, nobody likes the Heat. They’re much too arrogant for my taste, and they seem to think they are guaranteed a championship, because of their stacked roster. In Game 1, the Bulls comfortably defeated the Heat, 103-82. They are looking to take a 2-0 lead in the series, putting them one game closer to a spot in the NBA Finals. After their less-than-stellar performances on Sunday, LeBron James and Dwayne Wade vowed to come back strong in Game 2. I will certainly be watching them to see if they lived up to their promise. Coming into this game, the Bulls are carrying a 9 game winning streak. Their winning streak will obviously play a huge factor in the way they play tonight. They’ll be pumped for this, and I think they will be even more prepared then they were for Game 1. If that’s the case, then the Heat are going to have a hard time defending Rose and guarding Deng on the 3-point line. Plus, the Bulls won 62 regular season games, compared to the Heat’s 58 victories. The one positive that Miami is taking into this game, is that in Game 1 Chris Bosh dropped 30 points. The Heat will definitely look to build on that performance in this game. Luol Deng told media, “I think we’ve got to play better. I really do. We played really well. If you look at the final score, we won by a lot, but it really wasn’t that kind of game” (Courtesy of Sportsencounter.com). I’m super excited for this Game 2. Drop a comment and tell me what you think.

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