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Sunday, June 5th, 2011 at 7:25 pm  |  124 responses

NBA Finals Game 3 Live Blog

Heat-Mavs, Round 3.

by Adam Figman | @afigman

Yo! We’re live at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, getting ready for Game 3. I’m here with Maurice Bobb, who’ll be tweeting this whole shebang at @SLAMonline, and feel free to comment away below.

6:20—Both coaches were pretty relaxed pregame. Rick Carlisle announced that Brendan Haywood is out, and admitted he’ll be forced to use a smaller lineup as a result. Roddy Beaubois has been activated and may get a few minutes. Erik Spoelstra said that stats don’t tell the whole story, and that ultimately the entire game is played on the hardwood. Right. More in a little.

6:36—Miami and Dallas take the court. Some kind of Lil Jon not-so-crunk ripoff playing in the background, with a loud dude demanding that fans put their hands up. Worth noting: Very few hands went up. Erick Dampier immediately bricked a mid-range jumper, then Mike Bibby drilled an open three.

6:49—The JumboTron zoomed in on Dirk Nowitzki, which resulted in a massive cheer, perhaps the night’s biggest so far. In other news, it looks like the Mavericks remade just about every popular song of the past year and turned them into Mavs anthems. Everything from Kanye to Black Eyed Peas to Usher and so forth.

6:55—Star-Spangled Banner time. Being sung by Jack Ingram, country star and Dallas native. Or so I’m told.

6:57—The starting lineup of the Heat is announced to boos. This Mavs’ intro is crazy! Streamers falling from the sky, er, ceiling, some kind of smoke/firework excitement flying up from the court, and a crowd that is going absolutely bonkers. Did I mention I’m at the NBA Finals, and that the winner of this game takes the series lead and all of the momentum that comes with it? OK. Mentioned.

7:04—Jason Terry is waiving towels and demanding that the arena makes some noise. The game hasn’t even started yet, but he is HYPE. “Run This Town” is blaring, with some boom-boom-stomp assistance from the crowd. Safe to say the American Airlines Center is rocking right now.

7:07—Tip-off! Mavs win it. Cheers rain from all over.

7:09—Back and forth early. 7-5 Mavs after two JKidd jumpers. He’s pretty good at those these days. Who’d have predicted that?

7:12—Tyson Chandler absolutely smothers Chris Bosh on a drive, then Deshawn Stephenson hits a three on the opposite end. 14-9 Mavs, timeout. And Bosh is down, rolling on the floor in pain. OK now he’s up.

7:15—Looks like Bosh was only hit in the eye. He should be OK. There’s a set of drummers killing the time during this timeout and they’re absolutely killing it.

7:18—Sloppy play out of the timeout. A few Mavs turnovers and a DWade jumper. 14-11 Dallas.

7:20—LeBron did that thing where he runs by everyone and dunks it down hard. Crowd quieted for about five seconds, which is a long time given the rowdiness of this bunch.

7:22—Jason Terry checks in. Dude is the definition of a crowd favorite around here.

7:25—Peja bricks a three. The Mavs kinda need him to do the opposite of that. Timeout with Miami up 22-19. They aren’t running all over Dallas, but they’re forcing it inside and scrapping up buckets.

7:29—Ian Mahinmi enters the game. The Brendan Haywood-not-playing-tonight effect.

7:30—After a Dallas stop JJ Barea. Cheers galore. Jason Terry hits a bucket on ensuing possession. More cheers.

7:32—LeBron with the night’s best dunk so far. Cocked it back and threw it down right over Mahinmi. Yeah, you’re not blocking that one.

7:35—Quarter ends on  Mario Chalmers 40-foot runner…wet. 29-22 Heat after one. Mavs need to be a little more careful with the ball. Also need to protect the paint a little better, but that seems like it’ll be a losing battle as long as LeBron and DWade are set on attacking, which they are.

7:40—For what it’s worth, the Mavs are doing a decent job holding their own downlow, considering the Heat are attacking like it’s their job. Which it is, or at least should be. Hard to protect both inside and out, though, and the result was a Mario Chalmers open three just now. 32-22 Miami.

7:43–Rough call there. Looked from here like Udonis Haslem just lost balanced and fell, but the call went against Ian Mahinmi.

7:45—Lenny Wilkins given Chuck Daly lifetime achievement award. Not sure why they did during this break and not halftime, but the crowd showed Lenny some love.

7:49—Terry and Dirk get out on break for a 2-on-1 vs. Mike Miller. Ends with and-1 for Dirk. Free throw’s all net. 34-29 Miami.

7:51—Dirk catches Bosh on the fastbreak and swats the ball right back into a Mavs break. A foul, and then a timeout. 38-29 Mavs. A quick Name That Tune game is going down during the break. Maurice is damn good at this.

7:56—Both teams trade bricks.

7:59—Dwyane Wade just stuff JET, took the ball and led a fastbreak by himself. The dunk that capped it off was loud, and the crowd’s reaction was not. 43-31 Miami, timeout. You can feel this crowd ready to pop, but their home team isn’t giving them much reason to do so.

8:01—Yet another Dallas brick leads to a fastbreak. Bron is fouled, gets two freebies. Nets both. 45-31.

8:03—DWade’s got 17 points and LeBron has 10. More importantly, they’re 11-17 from the field. Pretty tough to beat the Heat when those two are converting at that rate. I’d venture to say it’s damn near impossible.

8:06—Terry hits one of two ft’s, then after a Miami turnover, Dirk drains an absurdly wide-open three. Dallas just got the ball back after another Heat turnover. They ain’t dead yet.

8:08—Momentum keeps swinging back. A LeBron miss. A pair of Marion freebies. 45-39.

8:11—Can’t tell if Miami went cold or the Mavs smartened up. Maybe both. Speaking of smarts, Kidd just got DWade in the air and jumped into him to earn three free throws. Terry is running around screaming “Our house!”

8:13—Kidd’s foot was one the line, so he only gets two shots. One brick, one wet. Halftime buzzer hits at 47-42. Could be much worse for the Mavs, if you ask me. Um, a huge inflatable pepper is floating in my direction. Who controls those things?

8:38—OK, back. Terrell Owens sighting at halftime. Mavs came out slow in the second half, giving up a couple buckets and falling behind 53-42. Barea just checked in, and this definitely feels like the ideal Barea time. Let’s see if he can spark them a little.

8:43—Loose-ball foul on DWade. That’s three on Wade, Bosh and Bibby (just picked up his third). Mavs making some needed stops but not converting on offensive end. Also, this crowd feels kinda restless, like it’s ready to explode if it gets a single reason to. Miami does not want the Mavs to get back into this.

8:45—Andddd there it is. JKidd sinks a three, cuts the lead to seven, Miami calls a TO, and the crowd goes bonkers. Bonkers.

8:47—Stadium announcer demands that all Mavs fans get on their feet and make some noise. And all the Mavs fans are on their feet, and all of them are making some noise. Big chance for Dallas to keep chopping up the Miami lead here.

8:50—JJ BAREA POWER REBOUND. Also, four fouls on Bibbby. 57-51 Miami.

8:52—This is true home-court advantage. LeBron, visibly frustrated, picks up his second foul, but more importantly, picks up his team’s fifth. Dirk gets two free throws. Drills both.

8:53—JJ BAREA POWER REBOUND AGAIN. Dirk fadeaway jumper. Wet.

8:54—A gorgeous JKidd through-pass leads to a Marion dunk. Remember what I said Miami doesn’t want to happen? That happened. I can’t even hear the voices in my head yelling “Ohhhh!” after every amazing play.

8:58—Somehow the Mavs survive a DWade vs. Peja one-on-one without giving up a hoop. A made Terry jumper on the other end, followed by a LeBron jumper, followed by a missed Terry jumper, followed by a Chalmers three. 64-59 Miami. Crowd subdued again. I’ve never seen in-arena announcers and video graphics pump up the crowd as well as they do here. And now the crowd ain’t subdued anymore.

9:02—Juwan Howard fouled utilizing one of those old-dude-at-the-rec-center moves. Hits one of two. 65-62 Miami.

9:05—67-64 after three. As Maurice just pointed out to me, it really doesn’t feel like such a close game. With the exception of those few Dallas runs, the Heat have pretty much run shit. In other news, this dude in a basketball costume is about to dunk using a trampoline. Eh? I could do that.

9:10—LeBron turns a steal into a dunk to start the third. That’s followed by a prolonged stoppage, something to do with a wet spot, or multiple wet spots, on the corner of the court. Also: Scottie Pippen’s here. He thinks I’m the greatest sports writer of all time.

9:14—A Dirk trey ties it at 70. Crowd going nuts. Just a reminder, Maurice is still tweeting away at @SLAMonline. Follow along there too.

9:17—74-72, Heat. Mavs ball. Timeout. Getting to the point where every possession has the crowd on the edge of its seat.

9:18—”Dance Cam” wins.

9:21—Mario Chalmers is cooking tonight. Just drained a three that put him 4-6 from deep on the night. 79-72, Heat. Huge shot there.

9:27—Monster putback from Tyson Chandler. The two squads traded buckets after that, with Miami up 81-76 and the ball now. Double-dribble on Bron Bron. Turnover.

9:29—Dirk sinks two freebies, putting his crew down three. Five minutes remaining. “Thunderstruck” is blasting and t-shirts are flying into the crowd. Crunch time begins now.

9:32—Dirk Nowitzki named Player of the Game. Not sure by who, but that’s what it says on the screen. He’s got 26 points and 8 boards. Looks like Dallas will play Dirk-Terry-Kidd-Chandler-Marion, while Miami is putting Chalmers-Bosh-Wade-James-Joel Anthony on the floor.

9:34—DWade for three. Bucket. Terry counters with a runner. No good. GREAT defense by Miami there. 84-78.

9:36—Loose-ball foul on Bosh. Heat in the penalty. Dirk to the line. Net. Net. 84-80. Heat need to keep feeding Wade.

9:37—Yo, that’s not Wade! That’s Bosh, who bricks a jumper, followed by a foul on Udonis Haslem (he’s in, not Joel Anthony, as it says above). Two more freebies for Dirk. Net. Net. 84-82. Loud noises.

9:38—Chandler holds down Bosh as the 24-second clock expires. Mavs ball. Kidd to Dirk for the dunk, 84-84. REALLY LOUD NOISES. DWade drains a jumper to quiet them. 86-84 Heat.

9:39—Mavs counter with a Nowitzki jumper. “Dirk is serious right now”—Maurice Bobb. True story. 24-second violation on the other end. Dallas ball. 86 all.

9:41—Dallas can’t convert with the ball, and eventually lose it out of bounds. Miami ball, tied at 86. A fan’s sign displayed on the screen says “NOT In Our House.” The screen also has a gorilla in a Mavs jersey pounding his chest. Cheers of “de-fense” coming down.

9:42—Chris Bosh gets a wide-open midrange look, and he’s not missing that. 88-86 Heat, 39.6 secs on the clock. Timeout Dallas.

9:44–Dirk tries to pass out of a double-team, but the ball goes out. Miami gets a chance to put game out of reach, but LeBron’s three doesn’t fall, and Dirk snatches up the board. Mavs ball, 4.4 seconds to go. 88-86 Miami. What’s the move here?

9:47—Dirk gets the look, but it’s all back rim. Game. The energy was just sucked out of this place like a popped balloon. Final score: Miami 88, Dallas 86. Will update with some post-game commentary later.

A few post-game notes:

—Dirk walked into the media room looking a little annoyed, as is usually the case after a heartbreaking loss. Immediately upon entering, he muttered, “It stinks in here” under his breath. I laughed. It really did.

—A reporter accused LeBron of shrinking during the recent games’ fourth quarters. He responded: “I think you’re concentrating on one side of the floor. All you’re looking at is the stat sheet. Honestly, I’m a two-way player. Since DWade had it going offensively, so we allow him to handle the ball, bring it on offensively. You should watch the film again and see what I did defensively. You’ll ask me a better question tomorrow.” Sonned.

—Both JKidd and Coach Carlisle were quiet, upset and relatively confident that things will change for the better moving forward. The biggest point the two of them made—without actually making it—is that Dirk is gonna need more help down the stretch. That’ll start with Kidd, but should trickle down to everyone who’s on the floor in the final five minutes of any future contests.

—Chris Bosh was reeling from the poked eye he suffered during the game. He looked annoyed, and, simply put, did not want to be in that room answering questions at that time. His eye was both red and swollen, and it’ll be interesting to see how it’s doing 12 hours from now. Either way, as he noted, he won’t be missing any time because of it.

And that’s all. Both Maurice and I will be at the practices tomorrow, and he’ll be providing a short write-up on those happenings at some point in the afternoon. Anyway, I’m tired. Peace out.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com melvin ely

    Lets doooo this! And with Haywood out, it can only mean 1 thing: MAHINMI TIME BABY

  • ChristianBulleN

    Roddy Beaubois.. Interesting subplot to this game, if my memorys right the kids a baller.

  • tolga edis

    Haywood is out. That is a test of patient when B.Cardinal is on the floor for all Mavs fans.

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    Let’s get it!!!

  • http://slamonline.com The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    Let’s get it on.

  • http://slamonline.com The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    Mrs Chris Bosh!

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    And the Oscar goes to…Chris Bosh!

  • andy g

    i dont know who finishes better at the hole, lebron or gloria james

  • Cdaye

    Bosh goes down like he’s been shot. Back after timeout passing and dunking . . . he must have played some soccer at one point.

  • Cdaye

    How has a guy as athletic as Marion in the league this long not gotten something resembling shot form?

  • Carlos Brown

    Nasty block by Wade

  • http://slamonline.com The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    MIA on a no jumpers mode, it’s working (this far) and Chandler, why tip the ball when u can grab it?

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Roddy – wouldn’t he be completely NON-game ready right about now? Get me some stats….when did he last suit up?

  • Carlos Brown

    Mario Chalmers with a usual miss!

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Ian Mahinmi is SO MUCH “team-first” right now…the ‘I’s’ in his name don;t even count..

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Welcome to the Finals, Figman! Hope you’re having fun! The dunk was on Mahmini not Marion tho, right? As for the 1st quarter on heels of game 2: latest proof that momentum is BS.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Adam Figman

    Could’ve sworn that dunk of was on Marion. Watched the replay on this little tv in front of me to make sure. But also did it while simultaneously doing 3-4 other things so could be wrong. Also, this place is ROCKING.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Mahinmi… get in. get your poster. get out.

  • http://slamonline.com The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    Manihmi having his 1st NBA Finals xperience, he grew a charge on UD but then get dunked on by LBJ: “Bienvenue en NBA petit!”

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    It looks like Jason Terry is shrinking… is he getting smaller…?

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    Rachel Nichols sitting next to us on Press Row

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Down 10 early in the game – your going to need ice in your veins Dirk. Rick Carlise… we need ‘The Mask’ up in here….pronto.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Dirk is currently a +1. The Jet… -8. Someone do something!… Quick get Ace Ventura “defense detective”

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Corey Brewer time anyone???????

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    Lenny Wilkins just got the Chuck Daly Award at center court. Well deserved…

  • http://slamonline.com/ Adam Figman

    Yep, the Bron dunk was on Manihmi. Just saw a replay. Wow.

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    ^ What he said

  • http://slamonline.com The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    Dirk Nowitski! The way this guy has perfected his offensive arsenal, mastered his art reminds me of an old kungfu master in those old kungfu movies that we used 2 love when we were kids

  • http://slamonline.com The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    It’s official, I’m chearing 4 The Mavs. I’m thorn though, I’ll like 2 c The King win his 1st ring, but Dirk seems 2 NEED it, like it’s a matter of life and death 4 him. ..

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    “3-4 things at once.” welcome to covering the Finals for SLAM! enjoy the chaos.

  • http://slamonline.com The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    Waoh DWade!

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    The Custodian!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    The officiating in this game has not been very good so far.

  • http://slamonline.com The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    DWade 2 me is The Heat Finals MVP this far.

  • backboard

    DWade flopped like a fish…….

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    After watching this first half it kinda puzzles me that some people call the Heat Lebron’s team. D-Wade has been the unquestioned leader of the team during this series.

  • y

    great !

  • That Guy

    I think Adam Figman might be the best live bloger ever!!

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    Yeah, T.O. had a full on entourage with him. Must be shooting new reality show footage?

  • http://slamonline.com The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    This game is like a boxing match, with Dallas playing the role of an old veteran who won’t be K.O by the punches of the athletic young gun.

  • chris j

    @That Guy – Agreed.

  • chris j

    can’t see chandler on the floor like that 4 years ago. that was clutch!

  • http://slamonline.com The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    And the old veteran boxer strikes back with a couple of punches of his own! Game tied @ 57! Unbelievable!

  • chris j

    peja needs to get off the court

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Ok, so coach has given Mahinmi his mins, how about seeing what Corey can give you?
    What, Terry and Stevenson need to tear their MCL’s first?

  • chris j

    what jack in the box just spilled their appletini and wasted 5 minutes of everyone’s life

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Mahinmi has always been a walking foul, but coach not giving him any minutes in the playoffs to kinda lose the jitters doesn’t help either.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Jesus, Dirk’s 3pt shooting is off the charts these playoffs. Nice to see JJ make ish happen too, finally.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Hahahaha, Appletini.
    I miss ‘Scrubs’.

  • http://slamonline.com The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    Best game of the finals this far (1st 1 m seeing live though so…)

  • rhyen

    anyone know a site I can watch game on in Australia?

    at work, no ESPN.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    LeBron, calked for a travel?
    Armageddon ensues.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    The patented Mavs mid 4th qtr. mini-backcourt is ‘playing’. The one that can’t stop anyone on Miami and gives up runs. Yayy.

  • http://slamonline.com The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    FINALLY! A travel violation called on James.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Come on MAtrix… reload..

  • http://slamonline.com The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    C.H.A.N.D.L.E.R!

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    it’s okay Dark… they are doing “Game 2 Duex”…

  • http://slamonline.com The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    Double dribble called on James!!?? So the end of the world is really this year?

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Save yourselves. Armageddon is nigh.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Jason Terry: MORON.
    What else is new

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Loving how Dirk is mixing it up on the boards tonight. Super active.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    I think the Jet needs to refuel….

  • chris j

    Dirksaber!

  • http://slamonline.com The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    I’m pulling 4 The Mavs 2 win but those calls are ridiculous!

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    ALL TIED UP!!!!!

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    This is some crazy ish by Dirk right now.
    It’s like they hit his ‘turbo boost’ button.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    AND THE BLOCKS…. you go Dirk. Go get yourself a win! I just love the idea that the top 2 MVPs for the series DO NOT include LeBron. : )

  • http://www.slamonline.com melvin ely

    good timeout by spo, cause seriously the heat need to calm the f**k down some

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Great, count on Terry to mess up a run.
    Mr. Shot selection at his best.

  • http://slamonline.com The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    Yeah Nowitski, u’r right 2 knock ur head, u shouldn’t have passed that ball 2 Terry.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    ahhh dirk…

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    Dirk time?

  • http://www.slamonline.com melvin ely

    ohcrapohcrapohcrapohcrapohcrapohcrapohcrapohcrap

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    dirk…. final shot… fade away… oh oh oh… dang.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Thanks for the support, Mavs other scoring option.
    Dirk is being forced to be passer, finisher and crunchtime nail in the 4th and nobody else steps up? That last double team to force the bad pass was fantastic by the Heat though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Boy the Heat would be so screwed without D-Wade

  • http://slamonline.com The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    Ok, so according 2 the stats, The Heat is the next NBA Champion.

  • http://slamonline.com The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    And The King has lost his cluthness, again.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    What in the world was Jason Terry thinking taking a shot like that? WTF?!

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Deflating loss, Kidd has finally hit the wall on D, trying to stay with Wade is tiring him out and his offense is suffering.
    Jason Terry needs to stfu and go shoot 500 jumpers, midrange and off the dribble, cause son, you ARE the weak link.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    I still think Dallas will win this series regardless of what history says. If Dallas plays some great D on D-Wade I think the Heat’ll be severely screwed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    And yet again J.Terry played like hot garbage for the most part

  • thetruthshinesthrough

    Carslile made a mistake by only playing Stevenson 3 minutes in the second half, he has proven he can get open and knock down the three when others get doubled, he makes the right pass, when he is in Lebron doesnt get to the rim! I am looking for big changes in game four.

  • JTaylor21

    According to BlackPhanties, MIA is screwed if DAL shuts down DWade because……it’s not like he has any help. Boy, someone holla at Rick Carlisle, stat!!!!!

  • RobbieJay

    @BlackPhantom, i hate Terry, who stands on the bench and tries to hype the crowd up for no apparent reason, they didnt even respond to them lol. dallas lost because of TURNOVERS.

  • ChristianBulleN

    Somehow I want to see Stevenson on Wade in end of game situations.. don’t wanna lose Kidd on the offensive end on the other hand though.. Really what Dallas needs in clutch moments is someone to hand the ball to Dirk and they are golden.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    c’mon JTaylor, Lebron did not play very good tonight and it doesn’t really look like that’s gonna change. But you never know. And btw, stop using “Black Phanties”, you shouldn’t jock a corny person.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Terry: fugazi.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    @RobbieJay yes, the turnovers from Dallas also helped them lose.

  • MUBWAR

    great game by the Heat. The officiating almost lost this game for us. Lebron was being tied up like a running back and no calls. But when a heat player smells Dirk’s air it’s a foul? Good thing he didn’t settle for that and kept dishing all night long. Bosh with the game winner was nice too.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    probably the poorest officiated Finals matched I’ve seen…poor calls on both sides but overwhelmingly in the favor of Dallas. Refs need to just swallow their whistles sometimes

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    co-sign Black Rick Kamla

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Carlisle made a HUGE mistake subbing Dirk out with four minutes left in the 3rd quarter after he’d JUST made the game-tying shot… Dallas had all the momentum just then, why the f*ck would you take your best player out? If you have the momentum, keep the run going and build up a LEAD before you take your guys out. Damn…

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Generally the Heat are favored by the refs, but today it looked a little different. Like that one play where Haslem was in front of Dirk with his hands on the ball–which was also way in front of Dirk–and the refs whistled a foul on Haslem… For fouling Dirk, a player two feet behind him.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Very disturbing trend in these finals. Peja, Terry and Barea are bricking shots and not giving the Mavs anything else on D. (all 3 are walking mismatches)
    Kidd has nearly no effect on Wade, unlike his great D against Kobe and Durant. Wade’s ballhandling and timely jumpers are nearly impossible to stop so far.
    Marion reverted to normal form offensively.
    Mavs.are.in.trouble.

  • JTaylor21

    I could care less how well Bron plays especially when he’s getting his teammates involved as long as MIA wins.
    Also, now I know why everyone thinks that Dirk’s so unstoppable, you can’t even play D on the dude without a whistle. Dal got all the calls down the stretch yet MIA found a way to win.

  • http://Slamonline BossTerry

    Great comments everyone.. This is what slamonline is all about.. Not all that name-calling, my opinion is more important than yours b.s. Great game too…

  • Demirci

    Dirk should have pulled up for a 3 there. I could write a paragraph to prove that would’ve definitely been the right choice, but I’m too deflated right now. should, could, would… This is going to haunt me for a while.

  • Allenp

    Bron is lacking confidence in his jumper again. Both he and Bosh were tight out there. Wade carried them. It just proves how good Brewer and Bogans were on defense.
    the refs were a little shady but it evens out.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Hey BossTerry, you nincompoop, how dare you tell me what Slamonline should be about. In MY opinion, it’s all about the namecalling and net-thuggery from mommy’s basement.
    AND, my opinion is wayyyy more important than yours.
    Ps: read the above with your sarcasm-meter on ‘high’. :-)

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Wait, is Lebron wearing….. a…. golden boutonnière postgame?
    The blue blazer, beige shirt and bright green tie were not flashy enough?

  • http://slamonline.com yallllalalal

    nicccce game and blog

  • T-Money

    bron is not on right now but wade is. just like wade was not on vs chi but bron was. the wade/bron subplot is getting tired as hell. miami won.

  • T-Money

    dark: im sorry that you have to root for jet, always seemed like a frontrunner, talking mad ish when things go his way kinda guy. i have irrational hate for jet.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    TMoney: i’ve always found him to be an overrated, mouthy undersized, one-dimensional AND streaky-shooting guard.
    But my dislike has reached new heights.
    Terry is quite the moronic bball player.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Bron keeps playing like that and the Heat will probably lose. Wade can’t save them all series.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Lang Whitaker

    Good job, Adam.

  • http://fkjslf.com Jukai

    I don’t think Lebron is playing bad, just passive to the point where it’s hurting the team.
    Can someone tell me why Lebron and Wade stopped running those two/three pick and rolls which were killing Chicago? I mean, it worked on their last possession, I don’t get it.

  • AT33

    If the Heat win it all look out for DWade winning the Finals MVP! I have said it all along, DWade is better than Lebron and the best player on the planet. I even like him better on defense although debatable to be even.

  • http://fkjslf.com Jukai

    ^^^
    This is a dumb argument my brother brought up today. The Mavericks have Shawn Marion and DeShawn Stevenson to throw at Lebron. It slows Lebron down. Wade is going up against a six foot Jason Terry and a 38-year-old Jason Kidd. Of course Wade is going to be doing better than Lebron, and Bron is happily passing to Wade.
    In the Chicago series, Wade had Bogans and Brewer constantly guarding him, while Lebron had Deng and Korver. So, the situation was reverse, Wade struggled a bit and happily passed the ball to Lebron.
    Of course, this situation is easy to see, yet my brother told me “Do you think people are gonna REALLY start talking if Wade wins Finals MVP?” and I said “of course not, people saw how Lebron dominated the entire playoffs, but the Mavericks are made for Wade to beat up. People wont be that stupid to make that statement.”
    Thanks for proving me wrong, AT33.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    You think D-Wade can keep carrying the Heat all series?

  • http://fkjslf.com Jukai

    BlackPhantom: No, but I think he can carry them for one more game and Lebron/Bosh can have a random hot shooting game to finish off the series.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Ehh…I understand why you say that, but it’s kinda hard to count this Mavs team out, they just BARELY lost yesterday.

  • http://slamonline.com everything

    they barely lost because apparently going for a rebound in dallas is a loose ball foul 99% of the time.

  • http://slamonline.com everything

    oh and wade stole about 2 rebounds from bron

  • http://slamonline.com everything

    oh and wade stole about two rebounds from bron

  • Brahsef

    @Blackphantom

    So far they’re up 2-1…so I’d definitely say they can win the series with Bron playin the way he is. Thats the beauty of having option 1A and option 1A. There isn’t a B in the situation. If Wades killin it, give it to Wade. If Bron’s killin it, give it to Bron. This is why the Heat are made for the playoffs. At any point in the game someone can score; be it Bron, Wade, or Bosh (option B)

  • toinefan88

    Wade was def the mvp of that game.

  • http://slamonline.com The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    @Brahsef 8:17, EXACTLY! The NBA of the next decade is gonna b extremely frustrating if u r not a MIA fan, bcuz with Bron, Wade and Bosh, they are built 2 win it all EVERY POSTSEASON!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Get poked in the eye..
    LIKE A BO$H!!
    And hot the game winner …
    LIKE A BO$H!!!!

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    *Golf clap* for Heat winning game 3 and Bosh hitting a clutch shot he normally misses. Still, I like the Mavs chances winning their next two home games, which puts the pressure back on Miami down 3-2, and we all know certain LePlayers don’t handle the LePressure that well . . . Choke! Go Mavs!

  • http://Slamonline.com Datkid

    Everything everything said…the heat got NO calls.. like NONE

  • http://Slamonline.com Datkid

    Also congrats to iamorangeforever for being the biggest dick and Lebron hater on this site..take a bow..btw you should be a heat fan by now since we mollywhomped the people who beat the knicks. Just saying!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    mollywhomped is such an awesome word. must use it more often.

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