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Thursday, June 9th, 2011 at 8:14 pm  |  122 responses

NBA Finals Game 5 Live Blog

Up-to-the-second updates from the American Airlines Center.

by Adam Figman | @afigman

We here! SLAM is in the building—the American Airlines Center, to be specific—for Game 5, which is set to tip off in a little under an hour. Coach Carlisle just announced that Brendan Haywood is out, and when asked who’d be activated in his place, he said, “Caron Buter.” Then, after a pause, “Just kidding.” Jokes! Roddy Beaubois is actually the active one. We’ll be back with more when this thing tips off, but until then feel free to hit the comment section with some pre-game predictions. Back soon…

8:53—Star-Spangled Banner time. “Acoustics” is singing. An internationally award-winning vocal group, we’re told.

8:57—This Mavs intro gets more epic every time. I think they’re adding a few sound/visual elements each game. If this series was best of 21, the introduction would literally be the entire arena exploding up in flames.

9:07—Tip-off time. This place is rocking, and I’ve got a fan-o-meter measurement that proves it. A Dallas brick and a Joel Anthony loose-ball foul open it up.

9:09—Looks like Shawn Marion is spelling Jason Kidd of his LeBron duties on D. Probably a smart move, with LBJ stating he’ll be looking to attack the rim and all. Speaking of Kidd, he just turns a steal into a lay-up. 2-2.

9:11—The Maverick fans have been crazy all week, but this is easily the loudest they’ve been. Didn’t stop DWade from hitting a pair of freebies, though. 4-4.

9:13—Feels like the entire stadium is watching LeBron tonight. After a JKidd trey, he just out-ran the entire Dallas team back and converted a baseball pass into a dunk.

9:14—To counter that, though, the Mavs are going to work tonight. They’ve made good use of almost every open look, and have turned a few turnovers into buckets on the other end. They’re up 13-6 after Shawn Marion puts in a runner. Timeout Miami.

9:17—Marion with two botched plays in the paint on consecutive Dallas possessions. A brick by LeBron—who looks a little stiff so far—is rebounded by Miami, who gets a Chris Bosh lay-up after a nifty DWade pass. 13-8 Mavs.

9:19—Jason Terry checks in. For the record, the All American Airlines Center Team—guys who are the most loved around these parts—consists of Jason Terry, JJ Barea, Dirk, Brian Cardinal and yeah that’s it. The AAAC Team has four members.

9:22—Two DWade ft’s make it 17-12.

9:23—Brian Cardinal, who I spoke to pre-game and is cool as hell, unsuccessfully takes a charge on Wade and is called for a block, his first foul. Two free throws—wet, wet. 18-14 Dallas.

9:24–The Custodian makes up for it on the other end with a trey. Mike Miller counters that with one of this own. 21-17.

9:27—23-19 Mavs, timeout. Dallas’ dancers are making the entire arena blush, which is always funny.

9:30—A quick Tyson Chandler and-1 outta the timeout. LBJ called for his first foul.

9:31—DWade just walked off to the locker room after some sort of hip check from Cardinal. Not a great look for the Heat, though they might really need Bron to step his game up if that’s anywhere near serious.

9:33—Strong Dallas defense leads to a 24-second violation. In other news, it’s crazy that we spent all year talking about how the youth is taking over, and at the moment Juwan Howard, Mike Bibby, Jason Kidd and Brian Cardinal are all over the place in this game.

9:35—You see! A Brian Cardinal 3-pointer countered by a Juwan Howard jumper. OK, there’s a Tyson Chandler dunk. Order restored. 30-26 Mavs.

9:37—Mario Chalmers hits an absurd halfcourt shot at the buzzer to end the quarter. Can’t believe that fell in. Assuming it counts, we’ve got a 31-30 game after one, with Miami on top.

9:40—Still no word on DWade’s status. Unlike the previous pair of contests, it actually feels like the Mavs are controlling this game. So far.

9:41—LeBron James finally does some LeBron James stuff, grabbing a rebound right over a defender and dunking it back in with ease. JET counters with a three-pointer at the 24-second buzzer that looked like it had no shot. 33 up.

9:43—An Ian Mahinmi and-1 (!) followed by a Chris Bosh and-1.

9:44—DeShawn Stevenson for three. Wet. 38 all.

9:45—40-38 Miami, timeout. Worth noting: LeBron is posting up A LOT. Not much good coming of that, but it’s a better decision than a whole bunch of off-set jumpers.

9:47—DWade’s back from the locker room. Seems to be limping a little.

9:48—Word is Wade’s got a bruised hip, which I probably could’ve guess. I was told his return is questionable, though as I’m typing he’s back on the floor. I’d say we could upgrade that to “probable.”

9:49—As has been the case all series, Chris Bosh is getting his buckets tonight. He’s got 11. 42-41 Heat.

9:50—JJ Barea from deep. Net. 45-44 Heat.

9:52—Seems like DWade will be OK. Just drained a tough, DWade-esque runner on the side of the paint. Timeout Dallas. 47-44 Heat. Just 6 points for Bron so far.

9:55—Just realized how high-scoring this has been. We’re at 91 combined points with 6:36 left in second. Wild.

9:57—Eddie House is in the game. He’s looked good from what we’ve seen in practice, and I was wondering why he wan’t getting a few minutes here and there.

10:06—Minor technical difficulties. We’re back. Dirk buries a jumper to make it a 52-50 game, Miami on top.

10:07—This “Beat the Heat” chant has these fans psyched, but a Tyson Chandler takes things to another level. 52-52. An overhyped Shawn Marion is T’ed up for being too overhyped. It happens.

10:13—Terry drains a corner jumper. 58-54 Heat. Crowd really pulling the Mavs ahead here. Hard to overstate how important homecourt has been these past few days.

10:15—I’m nowhere near close enough to have heard this, but my sources on Twitter tell me Joe Crawford just yelled at all of the players to stop yapping. That’s a real G move right there. Respect.

10:17—60-57 Heat as the clock hits zero and we reach the half. Damn, after a few defensive dogfights, we might have two teams that both break 100 tonight.

10:22—It’s a little more difficult than it sounds, but tonight’s halftime entertainment is quite literally some dude lifting up some other dude using his arms, legs, shoulders, etc. A pretty solid athletic feat, though the powers that be need to forget about baseball players and start testing these bros for illegal substances, if you ask me.

10:36—Second half begins, with no DWade in sight. Interesting.

10:38—Still no signs of Wade. A couple of missed threes and a nice LeBron post up later, and we’re tied at 65.

10:41—Brian Cardinal, somehow, draws the charge on Bosh. Dirk follows with a 3. Crowd’s fired up. I think this is about the time for LeBron to back up some of his words, specifically the ones about him getting himself going ASAP.

10:44—73-69 at a timeout. James and Bosh both lead Heat with 13 points, while Dirk leads everyone with 21.

10:49—JJ Barea is everywhere. Pulls an offensive rebound that keeps the Dallas possession alive. Mavs ball up 75-71.

10:50—DWade back. Doesn’t stop JET from draining a three, though. 78-71. Chris Bosh’s inability to exploit Brian Cardinal on offense feels like a big deal, though I have a feeling nobody’s going be talking about that one tomorrow.

10:51—A strong Tyson Chandler dunk puts Dallas up 9, 80-71. Timeout Miami. This feels like the biggest lead the Mavs have had all series, though I can’t confirm that. Definitely the first time they’ve dominated a game so thoroughly before the final few minutes of the fourth quarter.

10:54—A timeout stadium-wide dance contest just broke out, with the best dancer getting a trip to Miami. “The Girl in the Pink Hat” won. Congrats to the Girl in the Pink Hat.

10:57—Jason Terry drills a midrange J. 82-75.

10:59—Great Dallas ball movement ends with what looked like a forced Terry jumper, but it fell anyway. 84-77. On the other end, a foul on The Custodian stops play.

11:00—A Dallas turnover is overshadowed, at least in my mind, by a mini-not-really scuffle between Brian Cardinal and Mario Chalmers. Entertaining stuff.

11:01—On cue, Cardinal tries to draw a charge on Chalmers to no avail. His third foul, and ‘Rio gets two freebies. Wet, wet. 84-79 Mavs.

11:02—Ian Mahinmi’s mouthguard goes flying through the air after Dirk rims out a jumper. Foul on Miami, followed by a Dallas turnover.

11:04—Bron can’t get off a shot in the quarter’s final seconds. 84-79 after three. Very small girls and very large men are dancing together on the court.

11:06—Mavs going into the fourth quarter with a lead feels weird. JKidd starts it on bench as Barea mans the point.

11:08—A hard Juwan Howard sends DeShawn Stevenson to the line. Brick, good. Stevenson sends DWade to the line similarly on the other end. Good, good. 85-81.

11:09—JJ Barea with a nifty move through the D that leads to an and-1. Sinks the freebie. 88-81.

11:11—LeBron’s doing whatever he can to break free in the open court, but Dallas has been quick to foul him on any signs of such an opportunity, which just happened again.

11:13—Timeout, 90-85 Dallas. “Fan Cam” time.

11:14—We had Emmitt Smith Tuesday. Tonight: Tony Dorsett and Miles Austin.

11:18—JJ Barea with the circus 3. 93-88 Mavs. LeBron counters, or doesn’t counter, with a brick.

11:20—Miami finally gets their open floor shot. Ends with a Bron pass into a DWade finish. 93-90.

11:20—”MVP” chants as Dirk sinks two freebies. 95-90 Dallas. Timeout. This feels like the inverse of the previous two (or four?) games, where Miami was dominating gameplay but only winning by a couple of points at most. The Mavs are up 5 but it feels like they should be up 12.

11:25—Um, LeBron has a triple-double. Subtle as hell. Doesn’t really matter, though. The direction the media takes regarding #23 will depend entirely on whether or not the Heat win this game. Stats be damned.

11:27—And, um, the Heat are winning. 96-95. Like just about every tilt this series, this one feels like it’s going right down to the wire.

11:28—The Mavs select a “Player of the Game” about 15 minutes too early during each home game. Tonight’s: JJ Barea. He’s got 17 points.

11:29—Another American Airlines tradition: Using the locker room scene from Hoosiers to hype up the crowd in the middle of the fourth quarter. Done and done.

11:30—A Nowitzki brick turns into a DWade three. 99-95. Dirk fouled going hard in the paint on the other. Two free throws: Net, net. 99-97 Miami, 4:23 remaining.

11:32—Lotta excitement leading to sloppy play. Both squads with turnovers.

11:33—Jason Terry converts one of the open looks he’s been talking about for days. 100 up. 3 mins to go.

11:35—A LeBron brick turns into a Dirk dunk which turns into a LeBron charge which turns into a shitload of noise in the American Airlines Arena. Holy shit is it loud in here. 102-100 Dallas.

11:36—Another LeBron brick. The media is going to hail golf balls on that man tomorrow if Miami doesn’t win this thing. Meanwhile, the ever-reliable Jason Kidd drains an open three. This building isn’t literally erupting, but it is doing the closest thing it could possibly be doing without literally erupting. My seat is bouncing. Timeout Miami, 105-100 Mavs, 1:26 to go in fourth.

11:39—Dallas forces a turnover, but Shawn Marion can’t convert over LeBron James’ massive wingspan. Miami ball. Chris Bosh is fouled going up in the paint. Two freebies: In, out. 105-101 Mavs, 56 ticks to go.

11:41—Jason Terry fearlessly fires in LeBron’s face, and sinks it. How the hell did that fall in? He’ll have plenty to say after this game, and for good reason. 108-101 Mavs, 33 seconds to go.

11:42—Bron with a quick drive and hoop. JKidd fouled quickly. Two shots: Good, good. 110-103, 25 seconds to go. Save the media and the players on the bench, not a soul isn’t standing on his or her feet in this joint. Timeout Miami.

11:45—DWade misses a jumper, Jason Terry pulls the rebound and is fouled. Hits both. 112-103 Mavs, 20 seconds to go. We might be done here.

11:46—Another Miami miss, another Dallas rebound. Yep, game. 112-103. Wow. LOUD FANS.

Thanks for rocking with us, y’all. It’s been too much fun. Tzvi Twersky will be holding it down with liveblogs and whatnot live from Miami, so don’t stray too far. We’ll be back at it in a couple of days.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Angel of Stern

    I will feel let down if Bron doesn’t have a monster game. He doesn’t need to go off for 50 but I want him to dominate the game, like a 34-12-10-3-3 stat line or something.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    Oh, good. Jim Carrey’s got jokes, huh?

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

    Let’s get it on baby!!!

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    Lol, that was pretty good though. Still no need for a tall defensive stopper huh? Roddy is the better scorer…13 min to tip off. I rushed through traffic for this.

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

    I have Dallas 2 win and my man LBJ 2 hv a very hot summer.
    Anyway I think whoever wins 2nite also wins game 6.

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    Game 5! Leggo!

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

    I like d way d Mavs announcer introduces The Heat, with absolutely no enthousiasm, like somebody is pointing a gun at him forcing him 2 call those dispised names

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

    The anthem sung by some middle aged men with santiags, that’s so Texas…

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    Lebron is going OFF tonight. Thats all, Bye.

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    Dirk’s J is wet right now

  • heart grit grind

    where is corey brewer?

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

    1st LBJ shot, almost an airball? humm…

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

    I’m worried about LBJ, this has started remindibg me of last yr against The C’s…

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    Brian Cardinal: Third Team All-YMCA

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

    The Matrix!
    Reloading…

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

    Is Wade (heading 2 d locker room) trying 2 pull us a Paul Pierce?
    LBJ with 2 fouls in d 1st…

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    ‘Rio with another illy desperation 3

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    I think Chalmers is going off for 70 tonight!

  • http://bugmarley.com Bug Marley

    What’s this Rashard BS going around?

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    Jason Terry letting you know Mike Miller can’t Play D!!

  • Bruno

    Jose Juan with another assist

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    Feed Bosh. He’s taking Mmmeahbedido the hole every time. The Mavs are playing a great passing game tonight. I dig it

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    @ Bug Marley Something about Bron’s girl messing around with him. I wouldnt buy that head game ish… Unless you’re Stephen A.

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    Im on Commercial. Maurice Bobb are they booing Wade?!

  • i ball

    watching lebron makes me appreciate kobe. lebron cant be better then micheal he needs to be better then kobe first. lol. i hate kobe though.

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    @1982 Didn’t hear them boo him

  • QuinnTheEskimo

    So wish I was watching this…( can’t afford LP atm) But gotta say..Go Mavs!!!

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    DWade making this look like a playground!

  • QuinnTheEskimo

    This is LBJ’s chance to put/shut up…

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    Hip? Where we goin’, we don’t need hips

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    Man. That was a perfect fasr break opportunity forthe Navs. Cant go up expecting contact in the Finals!

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    Lol. Mark Jackson, “Mrs. Jackson thinks Golden State mgmt has great taste.”

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    Lol. Mark Jackson, “Mrs. Jackson thinks Golden State mgmt has great taste.”

  • ThaWindy

    LBJ has no post game. He must face up first before he makes a move.

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    Wow. Not for nothing, the Mavs know this is game time. Someone tell LBJ that. Chandler!

  • i ball

    damn! chandler is new favorite player.

  • ThaWindy

    Bad call

  • QuinnTheEskimo

    Better than state of origin any day (guessing no one knows what i mean). C’mon Dirk and co…I need this, i’m betting the wife and kids here…

  • QuinnTheEskimo

    YESSSSSSS……..

  • ThaWindy

    Sic move Dirk…good look Mario

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    Chalmers for 70, calling it…Lebron will have 10 pts and 25 assists…

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

    Is it possible what I’m witnessing? Terry crossing James?
    What’s happening with the world?

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    They left LBJ wide open for that last 3. Mind games? They still need to be prepared for the 2nd. though Dirk draining his Js would make anyone nervous. They havent seen him explode this series yet…Game 5 is a perfect place to start.

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

    Waoh LBJ can’t hit a jumper in the 1st half, what’s wrong with The King?

  • i ball

    lebron is intimidated. the moment, dallas, fright of failing,

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    LOTS of trash talking going on out there, freaking love it.
    It’s on and popping now.

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    @Darksaber you see that replay of Matrix D-ing up Bron on the post? Yappin and yappin! Right in his ear..

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    JJ!
    MILLER!
    IT’S THE NBA FINALS!

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    1982: Yeah. Trix has been yapping at him since game 3. Luv.it.

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    Anyone know how to stop a 7 footer at the top of the three? Didnt think so…

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Mavs shooting like they have for most of the playoffs, but Miami is keeping things close, Wade or not.

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    JJ Barea may have found his shot!

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    That was not a good charge call against Bosh. Kidd’s feet were not set upon contact.
    Oh well…

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    C’mon Juan Jose, enough with the horse sots.
    At least call glass.

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    Um, there are some really pretty girls in this arena. Jumbotron cameraman is on it!

  • QuinnTheEskimo

    Just letting you know Australia totally hates the Heat ergo GO MAV’S!!!

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Maurice: yup, saw that.
    How fitting that ‘whoop there it is’ was playing as it happened.

  • QuinnTheEskimo

    End of the third, tie game. Can the Mav’s hold on for 12? Good question. LBJ’s confidence is down so it maybe DWade time. But also Dirk time. Lets go through this heavyweight slugfest together. Go MAVS!!!

  • QuinnTheEskimo

    NEWSFLASH!!! LBJ IS overrated!! and finally this concludes ” he ain’t MJ”…

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Man, Nba timeouts are too long.

  • QuinnTheEskimo

    @Darksaber..Agreed. HTFU!

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    Not smart at all on Heat’s part to rack up 5th team foul with so much time left in the game

  • http://www.slamonline.com Angel of Stern

    miami is getting diced up

  • QuinnTheEskimo

    Relying on Slam and nba.com for updates is killing me…cant wait to download and watch this sh*t ASAP…

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

    I can’t think right now

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

    J.E.T!

  • kudos

    Anyone see lebron hack the ish outta shawn marions arm on the fastbreak?? Why was there no foul?? The ref’s are tryna give miami some major leeway.

  • QuinnTheEskimo

    Best game ever..for threeeeee!!!!!!

  • QuinnTheEskimo

    Aussie Aussie Aussie oi oi oi !!!

  • http://www.dimemag.com Royal

    Gotta feel bad for LeBron, he is going to get KILLED by the media for this…..But he has to step in these moments to gain the respect he wants

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    One more performance like this from Terry (and JJ)) and Mavs take this. And you can talk all the bravado you want then, JETTerry.
    One thing seems clear though, both teams prefer to chase down a lead. Horrible lead management by Mavs tonight.

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

    Even though I’m a huge Kobe fan and disliked “The Decision” greatly, I still like Lebron but……..I don’t wanna call him a choker but it’s kinda hard not to after watching that.

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    And see you in Miami!!!! Wow. This series really does not disappoint. I said “wtf” when Terry launched that three, only to have it make me look ridiculous.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    LeBron.
    The haters (Woj, BC, Gregg, Gilbert and countless others) are now sharpening their knives, the media backlash is gonna be horrible.
    2 more chances for him to silence everyone, then the mental damage becomes longlasting.

  • B-More Mike

    LONG LIVE THE “KING”?

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

    Lebron James: checkin out

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

    I’d use a dig at Lebron but I’ll hold off til I know I can use it as ammo if I want to

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    Dark said it right. I co-sign. But the best moment of the game had to be the grills on the Heat bench when dirk hit that angry bird high arcing 3. Priceless.

  • B.J.
  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    JJ won that game of HORSE against Rio and Bibby.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    The postgame soundbites are fun tonight. Dirk ragging on Terry’s blabbermouth was funny.
    CWebb asking JJ how he kept his confidence after 3 bad shooting games, ‘i’m a confident guy’, he deadpans.
    He shoulda added, ‘have you seen who i’m dating, man?’

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    Truly hope Dirk and Kidd for all he gave to NJ, win the title.
    Nice to see some Mavs basketball.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Fair warning: if (and it’s still a big if) the Mavs pull this off i’m gonna pull an Eboy (gloating etc) for the entire offseason on Slamonline.
    Read too much crap about my fav. Team & player here to not fully enjoy it.
    It’s gonna be madness.

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

    You definitely deserve to do that, Darksaber

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

    *You would deserve to do that

  • http://www.slamonline.com unf*ckwitable

    There goes my prediction of heat in six, couldnt be happier to be wrong but. Go Mavs! Dark if they win you need to live it up bigtime.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Roger….

  • Vince5

    Dirk’s high rainbow three was magical. I think I almost cried.

  • http://theresastatforthat.blogspot.com Deron

    Miami has to figure out how to get Lebron more involved, he’s being way too tentative. Deferring to Wade does not mean he has to be tentative. However, with the way the Mavs were shooting, I’m not sure it really mattered. They put on a offensive clinic: great shots and few turnovers.

    http://theresastatforthat.blogspot.com/2011/06/dallas-miami-game-5-rare-offensive-show.html

  • mdshuai33

    Maybe its just me; but I feel like if the heat end up losing this series, they will be better off than had they won it. Especially LBJ; and I’m not even a fan. Just saying. Gotta learn that the most important things in the L don’t come easy, no matter who your “big three” is.

  • Jackie Moon

    The most empty playoffs triple double ever (along with the one he dropped against the Celtics with the Cavs).

  • Jackie Moon

    Prince James. God, Kobe is so much better.

  • JTaylor21

    Kobe? The same guy that’s fly fishing with PJax in Montana, that guy?

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

    The German Shepherd… leading the flocks to green pastures.

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

    Lebron keeps choking this series and I doubt digs at Kobe will actually be relevant anymore,JTaylor.

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

    *In defense of Lebron in anyway

  • Jackie Moon

    @Jtaylor21 Yes the Best Player of the past decade with the Best Coach of All Time.

  • QuinnTheEskimo

    I bet no-body knows this but Dirk Nowitski was born in Australia in a small Queensland town called Bauple. His parent were Irish immigrants and couldn’t afford to keep him so they sent him to his aunty’s in Germany. But truth be told he found his passion for basketball at the bauple town rec centre! bet no-body knows this!!!

  • KB8toSG8

    Y’know……..I really feel bad for LeBron even though I love Kobe lol. IF they lose ( I still think Heat has a great chance of winning. They’re in almost the same situation as LA last year…….. ) it’ll be the end of LBJ as “King” with everyone focusing on Kaiser Dirk or Emperor Kobe lol :P He’ll be b*tchslapped by the media throughout the summer and will totally destroy his legacy………@JTaylor21 – Yeah. The guys who actually climbed to the top before anointing themselves “King” or “The Chosen One”. Eat it lol.

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

    No matter who wins, there is absolutely no shame this season for either team. The Heat made it to the Finals in their first ever year of playing together with this completely new roster, something most pundits thought impossible. They’ve beaten two of the top teams in the East (Chicago and Boston), both of whom people were saying the Heat couldn’t beat in a 7 game series.
    Also, even if Dallas wins the chip this year, Miami still has A LOT of time left to win at least one. They’re definitely good enough to do it.

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    @Darksaber Ha!!

  • http://slamonline.com Saviour

    An incredible finals.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Maurice: Ha?
    I don’t follow.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    LePrince has a total of 11 points in the 4th quarter for this entire NBA FINALS. That’s TURRIBLE for a so called superstar who dubbed himself the King! Mark should just go get himself one of his favorite Cuban cigars to light up in Miami on Sunday once that clock strikes zero and the Mavs are world champs baby! The Summer of Dirk will soon be upon us!

  • el_larsen

    what a raimbow 3 pts dirk!!!!!!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Nice Finals, Mr. Figman.

  • el_larsen

    i must admit i laughed as hell on terry’ s clutch 3 when strange mark jackson yelled:
    “somebody please tells lebron james the rule,hand down ,man down”lol

  • el_larsen

    where is lebron?or is delonte west back?

  • Eddie1

    My god-all those lucky shots. ILLUMINATI. WHY WONT THEY LET LEBRON WIN?

  • Bruno

    Jose Juan!!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    @Darksaber This—-> “Fair warning: if (and it’s still a big if) the Mavs pull this off i’m gonna pull an Eboy (gloating etc) for the entire offseason on Slamonline.
    Read too much crap about my fav. Team & player here to not fully enjoy it.
    It’s gonna be madness.”

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    Oh, and nice Finals work Adam. Good meeting and working with you in the Big D. Next time we gotta link up and hang with Jimmy Goldstein

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    I think Dark has earned his right to gloat. Just don’t be insulting, please? Haha

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Caboose: am i ever, unprovoked?

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Anybody seen the LEboy these few games?

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Dark has definitely earned the right to bratwurst-slap everyone…

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    and so has Dirk…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    I saw LeBron today and asked him for $1, but he only gave me $0.75, I asked him “where’s the rest” and he said “I don’t have a 4th quarter”

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    NostraBOBBmus: thank you and Adam for the coverage from Dallas.
    Very appreciated.

  • http://slamonline.com Maurice Bobb

    Thanks Dark. And as always, we appreciate covering games and discussing the finer points of this game we all love with you and the rest of the dedicated SLAM readers.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Nope, but Eboy seemed to be kind prior to this past summer.

  • http://www.xtremesportsaddict.com Mikenice

    What a game last night. Wow!!! All the excitement a true basketball lover would want. A real nail biter. But in the end the Dallas Mavericks handled their business and beat the Heat decisively. Jason Terry stepped up and made the big shots when he needed to. What a game last night. Now we have a real series.

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