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Posted on: June 12, 2011 11:25 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2011 1:32 am
 

Dan Gilbert tweet jabs Heat, LeBron

Posted by Royce Young

MIAMI -- Dan Gilbert made a promise after "The Decision."

"I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE THAT THE CLEVELAND Cavaliers WILL WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER 'KING' WINS ONE. You can take it to the bank."

So far, so good.

The Mavs topped the Heat in six games and, naturally, Gilbert had to speak up. Via Twitter, Gilbert said this:



I think we are all smart enough to deduce Gilbert's real message there. And it's not even in Comic Sans.

Gilbert has done a solid job keeping a muzzle on himself throughout the season after the initial crazy letter, but obviously he just couldn't hold back. I'm not sure I blame him either. He speaks for the entire organization and city that still feels the sting of LeBron's departure.

It's petty to rub salt in the wound of a fallen team, but again, I get it. And, really, Gilbert's right: There aren't shortcuts to a title. But it's definitely true that the Heat's path to a title is a lot shorter than the Cleveland's is right now.
Posted on: June 12, 2011 11:04 pm
Edited on: June 12, 2011 11:28 pm
 

Dallas Mavericks 2011 trophy presentation video

Video of the 2011 Larry O'Brien trophy after the Dallas Mavericks won the 2011 NBA Finals, beating the Miami Heat, 4-2. Posted by Ben Golliver.

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The Dallas Mavericks are your 2011 NBA champions.

NBA commissioner David Stern presented the Larry O'Brien trophy to the Mavericks following their 105-95 victory in Game 6 of the 2011 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban requested that Stern present the trophy to the original owner of the Mavericks, Donald Carter and his wife, Linda Jo.

Cuban then took the trophy, clutching it with one hand, before passing it on All-Star forward Dirk Nowitzki, who held it high above his head with both hands. It marks the first title in franchise history and the first of Nowitzki's career.

"You know what, it doesn’t mean as much to me," Cuban said. "I just feel so good for Dirk, Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, Shawn Marion. The whole world was telling us we were the one-and-done boys, that we were going to get knocked out in the first round. This team has so much heart, so much determination and so much fortitude that you know what, I love every one of them. And let me just tell you, our fans that came down here to Miami. You guys rock, we heard you guys."

Cuban was then asked why he has maintained silence throughout the last few weeks despite being one of the league's most outspoken owners. Cuban refused to answer the question.

"It doesn’t matter," Cuban said. "Where’s Dirk, where’s Jet? Rick, why don’t you talk?"

He then signaled for Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle to step up to the microphone.

Nowitzki was named MVP of the 2011 NBA Finals MVP. 

Here's video of the Dallas Mavericks trophy presentation.


Posted on: June 12, 2011 10:50 pm
Edited on: June 12, 2011 11:00 pm
 

Dallas Mavericks win the 2011 NBA Finals

The Dallas Mavericks are the 2011 NBA champions, beating the Miami Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals, 4-2. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Against the odds, the Dallas Mavericks are your 2011 NBA champions. The Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat in six games, closing out the series, 4-2, by winning at American Airlines Arena. The final score: Dallas 105, Miami 95.

Shawn Marion dribbled the ball out and then handed it Jason Kidd as the buzzer sounded. Not wasting any time, Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki ran directly off the court while Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and coach Rick Carlisle hugged each other on the court.

It is the first title in franchise history and the first ring for Nowitzki, Kidd, Marion and guard Jason Terry. Many will celebrate the fact that it came against arguably the Heat, the NBA's most hated team after LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh decided to team up last summer.

James is now 0-for-2 in his Finals career and he walked off the court alone.

Here's video of time expiring on Dallas' first title.


Posted on: June 12, 2011 10:37 pm
Edited on: June 12, 2011 10:39 pm
 

Ian Mahinmi buzzer-beater Game 6 NBA Finals video

Ian Mahinmi of the Dallas Mavericks hits a buzzer-beating three-pointer to close the third quarter of the 2011 NBA Finals. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Dallas Mavericks reserve big man dropped in a huge buzzer-beating 3-pointer to close the third quarter of the 2011 NBA Finals. Mahinmi was near the free throw line when Jason Terry found him with a pass and the clock running down. Mahinmi caught, turned and fired, sinking the basket as time expired.

The Mavericks bench predictably exploded as the bucket pushed Dallas to a 81-72 lead after three quarters.

Mahinmi is the unlikeliest of heroes as he is only playing because the usual second-string center, Brendan Haywood, has been limited by a hip flexor injury suffered in Game 2. Haywood played briefly in game 4 but sat out Game 3 and Game 5. He has not appeared in Game 6.

After the basket, the Mavericks were just 12 minutes from their first title in franchise history. They entered Sunday night leading the Finals series, 3-2.


Posted on: June 12, 2011 10:26 pm
Edited on: June 12, 2011 10:33 pm
 

Heat dying at the FT line

Posted by Matt Moore

The Heat have finally gotten to the line in Game 6, but it doesn't matter if they can't knock them down.

The Heat had missed 13 free throws with 7:38 remaining in the fourth quarter, and were facing a nine-point deficit.

Even hitting half their free throws would put them in range as the Mavericks seemingly can't miss. The Heat needed to get to the line. They have. But they're missing. The biggest culprit?

You guessed it. LeBron James, who was 1 of 4 from the line. 

As the clock winds down on the Heat season, the realization the Mavs are simply better becomes cleared, but the Heat will still blame themselves for not converting their chances.  
Posted on: June 12, 2011 10:20 pm
Edited on: June 12, 2011 10:48 pm
 

Dirk starts 4 of 21, but rallies as Mavs win

Posted by Royce Young

MIAMI -- Not exactly the way everyone pictured Dirk Nowitzki's Game 6 going. The player that's been almost perfect this postseason missed 17 of the first 21 shots he attempted.

But he came up with 10 fourth-quarter points to put the Mavericks over the top.

Despite his horrid start, the Mavs remained in total control of the game until Nowitzki warmed up in the fourth quarter.

Remarkable, really. Just imagine how far ahead Dallas would have been had three or four of those shots that rattled in and out on Dirk would've dropped.  
Posted on: June 12, 2011 10:18 pm
 

Dwyane Wade finishes over Dirk Nowitzki video

Video of Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade finishing over Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki in Game 6 of the 2011 NBA Finals. Posted by Ben Golliver.

During the fourth quarter of Game 6 of the 2011 NBA Finals, Miami Heat guard rose up as he has often in this series, finishing a two-hand basket near the rim over Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki.

Wade cut back door from the right corner, collecting a pass from Heat guard Mario Chalmers. Wade collected and rose without hestitation, as Nowitzki came from the weakside to contest a dunk attempt. The two collided but Wade was able to finish the play without dunking, laying the ball up and in with both hands.

Nowitzki was called for a foul on the play but Wade missed his free throw. Wade's basket cut Dallas' lead to 81-76 with 11:15 remaining in the game. The Mavericks are one quarter away from winning their first franchise title, leading the series 3-2.

Here's video of Wade finishing over Nowitzki.


 
Posted on: June 12, 2011 9:03 pm
Edited on: June 12, 2011 9:14 pm
 

Heat vs. Mavericks Game 6 fight video

Video of a fight between the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks during the second quarter of Game 6 of the 2011 NBA Finals.

The Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks got a bit feisty during Game 6 of the 2011 NBA Finals.

Following a three-pointer by Heat guard Eddie House, a skirmish broke out between the two benches as the game cut to a timeout. 

Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem, Miami Heat guard Mario Chalmers and Dallas Mavericks guard DeShawn Stevenson were all whistled for technical fouls in the skirmish, which began when Stevenson pushed Haslem.

Haslem took exception to the push and Chalmers came charging in late. Stevenson pushed back at Chalmers and both benches emptied in defense of their teammates. Mavericks center Tyson Chandler was also involved, but escaped penalty.

The exchange could potentially lead to suspensions if there is a Game 7, however given that it was a timeout situation the players were allowed to come off the bench, so that part would be a non-issue.

Here's video of the skirmish between the Heat and the Mavericks.

 
 
 
 
 
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