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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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Late Surge Helps Mavs Topple Thunder in OT


Last night, we witnessed one of the most exciting games in this year’s NBA Playoffs. Many thought it was necessary for the Thunder to tie up the series going back to Big D. On the other hand, the Mavs thought they needed to win and go up 3-1 in the series.

As I went upstairs to watch the game, I wondered if the Thunder could tie up the series. They definitely could if Durant and Westbrook play their usual way and if the team played good defense. Just as I turned on ESPN, I saw Russell

Westbrook Helped the Thunder Get a 16-8 Lead over the Mavs Early in Game 4

Westbrook intercept a pass from Nowitzki, take it down the court and finish with a dunk. The bottom of the screen read: Mavericks 2, Thunder 10. It was only the first 3 minutes of the game! At that rate, the Thunder would have scored 160 points by the end of the game! Obviously, they did not score 160 points; that would be ridiculous. A few minutes after that, the score was 16-8 in favor of the Thunder. They hit their first 9 shots from the field. During that span, Kevin Durant hit 5 of his first 5.

Dirk Sent his Team into OT with his Clutch Free Throws with 0:06 Left in the Game

During the 1st half, it seemed like the Mavs had a hard time getting their offense going. Their passing was hideous and their shots were simply not falling. Additionally, they weren’t able to stop the Thunder on defense. They basically got whatever they wanted on that side of the court. The score at the end of the 1st half: Thunder on top 59-54. Considering they were once up 10-2, I thought they’d have at least a 10 point lead going into the half.

In the 3rd quarter, the lead stayed pretty stable and by the end, the Thunder were winning by 4. Then, the real magic happened. The Thunder took control of the game, extending their lead to 15 points with 5:07 left in regulation. The Mavs aren’t coming back from that, right? WRONG. The Mavs started a rally, which took them to a score of 101-99 with 0:06 left to play. Dirk was at the free throw line. Can he make both shots to put them in overtime, potentially giving them a second chance? Of course. Being the clutch player he is, Dirk hit both shots, sending them to OT. The Mavs only needed one OT to win the game. Final score: 112-105 Mavericks on top. Game 5 is scheduled for Wednesday in Dallas.

Recap of stats:

(Mavericks)

Dirk Nowitzki: 40 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists.

Jason Terry: 20 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals.

Jason Kidd: 17 points, 7 assists, 4 steals.

(Thunder)

Kevin Durant: 29 points, 15 rebounds, 9 turnovers.

Russell Westbrook: 19 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists.

Serge Ibaka: 18 points, 10 rebounds, 5 blocks.

(Credit goes to ESPN for the stats.)

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Mavs/Thunder Game 4 Preview


Durant and the Thunder Look to Tie Up the Series 2-2 Tonight

By now, everyone has heard the headline regarding this series: “The experienced Dallas Mavericks go up against the up-and-coming Oklahoma City Thunder.” That’s basically the main headline of this whole series; who can come up on top? Will it be the old-fart Mavs, with Jason Kidd and Dirk Nowitzki leading the way? Or will it be the youthful and energetic Thunder, who’s 3 out of 5 starters are 22 years of age or less? So far, the Mavericks have been in control of the series, using a combo of Dirk’s shooting, Kidd’s passing, and Tyson Chandler’s rebounding prowess to take a 2-1 series lead. However, the Thunder are not down and out. Although they are an inexperienced team, at times they can play like they are an experienced team, passing the ball effectively, getting easy fast break points (big point), and rebounding.

In Game 1, fans who watched the game saw a breath-taking performance by Nowitzki, dropping 48 points on only 12 made field goals (out of 15). He basically scored half his teams points, so his team really didn’t do much.

Harden Came Up Big for the Thunder in Game 2, Scoring 23 Points

In Game 2, we saw James Harden score 23 points of the bench, leading to a 106-100 victory for the Thunder. The reason the Mavs lost Game 2: they couldn’t find a way to get to the rim and pick up fouls. As a result, they needed to take difficult jumpers to score. Shawn Marion was the surprise in Game 3, scoring 18 points and blocking 4 shots, leading to a Mavs win.

So far, the series lead is held by the Mavs, 2-1. Will that change tonight? Will the series be tied after tonight’s game? Or will the Mavs take a commanding 3-1 lead and become 1 win away from a spot in the NBA Finals? I will guarantee this: tonight’s game will be the most exciting of the series (so far, of course). Drop a comment and tell me who will win.

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NBA Western Conference Finals: Game 2


In Game 1 of the Conference Finals, Dirk Nowitzki had an amazing game with 48 points on just 15 shot attempt. Obviously, nobody expects him to repeat that performance

Harden Dropped 23 Leading to a Thunder Win Thursday

anytime soon. Only His Airness can do that. Game 2 was played in Dallas last night. James Harden had a big night off the bench with 23 points, and all Kevin Durant needed was 24 points. It’s much better if your superstar can kick back a bit and not have to worry about scoring 35 points, because his “supporting cast” scored lots of points. D-Rose had an off night; he couldn’t finish at the rim. He always finds a way to finish, but he was off in this game. And it seemed like the Mavs defensive intensity decreased in this game. They weren’t as aggressive as they normally are, and they weren’t getting the blocks and steals. Most people expected the Mavs to be much better in Game 2. However, they were sloppy and their shots weren’t falling. All this led to a 106-100 victory for the Thunder. Game 3 is scheduled for Saturday night at the Oklahoma City Arena.

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NBA Western Conference Finals, Game 1


In the Western Conference Semis. against the Grizzlies, the Oklahoma City Thunder had a hard time keeping up with the Grizzlies’ combo of Z-Bo and Marc Gasol. After 3 games, the Thunder were down 2-1. It was an exciting series that included lots of back and forth

Dirk turned in a spectacular performance Tuesday

action. However, in the end, it came down to one game: Game 7. All their hard work was put into one game; will they go on to face the Mavs, or will they go home to OKC? The Thunder defeated the Grizzlies in Game 7 105-90, with Kevin Durant dropping 39 points and grabbing 9 rebounds. In Game 7, Z-Bo had 17 points with 10 rebounds. Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals was set: May 17, 2011 9:00 pm (Eastern Time), pitting the OKC Thunder against the Dallas Mavericks. That game did not disappoint. There were many lead changes and exciting shots. The Thunder had no answer for Dirk Nowitzki, who dropped 48 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and collected 4 dimes. Durant also turned in a great performance, scoring 40 points, grabbing 8 rebounds, and dishing 5 assists. Final score: Mavs on top, 121-112. Game 2 is scheduled for Thursday night, 9 pm (Eastern Time).

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Eastern Conference Finals, NBA Playoffs


Tonight’s Game 1 match-up pitted MVP Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls against LeBron/Wade/Bosh and the Miami Heat. In the regular season series, the Bulls swept the Heat 3-0. However, most people believe that the regular season games have no effect on the post season. I am not one of those people. If you don’t agree, fine, drop a comment. But

D-Rose scores 28 points in the Bulls' Game 1 victory

anyway, the Bulls showed they were a much more consistent team then the Heat during the post-season. Tonight, Derrick Rose scored 28 and Luol Deng added 21 en route to a 103-82 win in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Chris Bosh had a big night, dropping 30 points on 12-18 shooting (66%), leading the Heat in scoring. LeBron was held to 15 points on 5-14 from the field, while D-Wade was held to just 18 points. Tonight’s game showed that the Bulls are a much more consistent team then the Heat. Personally, I’m hoping the Bulls can pull this one out and finish off the Heat in six games. Do you think the Heat will pull it together?

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The First Game 7 in 2011 NBA Playoffs


In my very first post on this blog, I talked a bit about the drama and excitement of Game 7’s. If you only watch one game in an entire playoff series, it has to be a Game 7. Game 7’s are even better in the championship series, because they force the title to come down to one final deciding game.  This year, there’s only been one Game 7 in the NBA Playoffs. That Game 7 was played today, pitting the 8th seed Memphis Grizzlies against the 4th seed Oklahoma City Thunder. The Grizzlies, led by Zack Randolph, defeated the San

Kevin Durant

Antonio Spurs in the 1st Round 4-2. By doing so, they made people realize that the Grizzlies can compete against the best teams in the league. The Thunder, led by the two-time NBA scoring champ Kevin Durant, defeated the new-look Denver Nuggets during the 1st Round in 5 games. During Game 6 of this series, Durant was hit by a cold spell, only 1-9 from 3pt range and only scoring 11 points. He said that he “lost sleep while visions of cold shooting danced in his head after the Thunder failed to eliminate the Grizzlies in Game 6” (Courtesy ESPN.com). It looks like Durant’s nightmares motivated him to shoot 13-25 from the field, hit 4 out of 9 3’s, shoot 9-9 from the charity stripe, and score 39 points overall as the Thunder prevailed over the Grizzlies 105-90. Zack Randolph scored 178 points, whitch was obiously not enough to put the Grizzlies on top. Now, its the Thunder vs. the Mavericks in the Conference Finals. Who will win? I just hope the series will be as good as the Grizzlies/Thunder series. Who knows, maybe we might get lucky and see a Game 7.

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