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Monday , Jun , 13 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Video: Was Stevenson vs. Haslem a suspendable offence?

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s irrelevant. But only because the Dallas Mavericks won game six and the NBA Title.

In the first half of game six, the Mavericks’ DeShawn Stevenson and Miami Heat’s Udonis Haslem exchanged shoves. Several players on both teams left their bench, which is a no-no.

A player is automatically suspended one game by league VP Stu Jackson, also known as the worst GM in the history of sports, for leaving the bench during an altercation.

So, it looked like the Mavericks and Heat would both be shorthanded for game seven.

There won’t be a game seven, though. The Mavericks won the series. And players, like Joel Anthony and Brian Cardinal, had an out because Stevenson and Haslem’s incident occurred during a timeout.

Still, it would've been interesting to see what the NBA would’ve done if there was a game seven.

My thought: Corporal/Commissioner Stern and lackey Stu would have issued a suspension of sorts just to prove a point.

After all, they’ve typically ruled by the letter of the law, and not the spirit of the law.

Even when common sense should rule the day. And even if it would've overshadowed game seven of the NBA Finals.



(Did this incident warrant a suspension?)

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Jun , 13 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Dirk Nowitzki sheds ‘SOFT’ label with championship and Finals MVP

Jeff Van Gundy: 'Can Dirk Nowitzki finally shed the soft label? When has Nowitzki ever been soft'?7

(ABC Broadcast)

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call:  From unknown ‘Euro’ to world champion and Finals MVP.

Leading his Dallas Mavericks to an NBA championship validates Dirk Nowitzki as one of the NBA’s greatest players of all time.

His numbers were always superb. Yet Nowitzki never received the respect he deserved from his fellow superstars. It was subtle, but there.

There were Euro jokes. There was little respect from Shaquille O’Neal and Dwyane Wade in the 2006 NBA Finals. And Wade snubbed him months later at the 2007 All-Star game.

Then there was the jokes after his Mavericks self-destructed against the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the 2007 playoffs. The Mavericks were the first seed. The Warriors were the eighth seed.

Just a few days ago, Wade and LeBron James took a run at Nowitzki, coughing and joking into the camera before a shoot-around.

Clearly, the Heat’s two superstar didn’t believe Nowitzki had the flu in game five, or the German was playing up his fever to gain sympathy.

Bottom line: none of that matters anymore. Not one bit. Nowitzki now has a championship. Nobody can ever take that from him.

Revenge is indeed sweet.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Jun , 11 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

‘Cough-Gate’ makes Finals Personal for LeBron, D-Wade, and Dirk

"I just thought it was a little childish, a little ignorant," Nowitzki said before Saturday's practice at AmericanAirlines Arena. "I've been in this league for 13 years. I've never faked an injury or illness." Wade, who referred to Nowitzki's sinus infection Thursday as "the fun-loving story of him being sick," claimed Saturday that he didn't pretend to cough.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The NBA Finals just got personal. At least, for the series’ three greatest superstars.

Yesterday, reports indicated that LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were mocking Dirk Nowitzki’s cough, implying that the Dallas Mavericks’ forward was pretending to be sick in game five to appear heroic.

These reports stem from a video of James and Wade walking down a hallway with security. Of course, Nowitzki fired backed, calling James and Wade ‘childish’ and ‘immature’.

James and Wade then blamed the media, suggesting the press was again vilifying The Three Kings and Miami Heat. Apparently, there was no intended slight at Nowitzki.

Let’s be straight: the Heat have to be feeling the pressure. They were picked to walk through the regular season and waltz to the championship.

It was supposedly a foregone conclusion that South Beach would be hosting a victory parade in late June. It hasn’t worked that way.

The regular season was full of ups and downs. Now they’re a game away from being eliminated by the less talented and less heralded Mavericks.

The pressure is on. And things will get awfully personal for the Heat’s two biggest stars if they don’t win game six and seven.

--Oly Sandor.


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Friday , Jun , 10 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Dallas one win away from NBA Title

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: One win.

This is all the Dallas Mavericks need to capture their first ever championship, after defeating the Miami Heat On Thursday evening to take a 3-2 series lead.

The championship round returns to Miami for game six and seven. And fans should get a stellar ending to a highly entertaining NBA Finals.

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--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Jun , 08 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Dallas wins 86-83, evens NBA Finals 2-2

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: This is getting awfully interesting.

The Dallas Mavericks evened the NBA Finals 2-2 by beating the Miami Heat, and holding ‘South Beach’ superstar LeBron James to a career playoff low 8 points.

The series now returns to Miami for game five on Thursday. And the NBA Finals is now a best-of-three affair.

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Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Jun , 06 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Heat hold off Mavs, win crucial game three

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: For two days, we had concerns about how the Miami Heat would respond to blowing game two of the NBA Finals.

Tonight, we got our answer.

The Heat, led by Dwyane Wade’s 29 points, went into Dallas and hung on for an impressive 88-86 victory. Click the link, watch the highlights, and get at HoopsVibe News in the comment box below with thoughts on game three.  

--Oly Sandor.

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Friday , Jun , 03 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

A Mavericks Miracle: Dallas comeback stuns Miami, ties series

HoopsVibe`s Very Quick Call: Ladies and gentlemen, we have an NBA Finals.

The Dallas Mavericks used a 22-5 run in the fourth quarter to pull even with the Miami Heat.

Stingy defense and clutch baskets from Dirk Nowitzki fuelled the comeback. The Heat will regret allowing the Mavs to get off the mat.

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--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Jun , 01 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

LeBron leads Heat to 1-0 lead in NBA Finals

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Game one of the NBA Finals between the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat was exactly what we thought it would be.

It was a close defensive struggle. Dirk Nowitzki ‘got his’. So did The Big Three, who tallied 65 of Miami’s 92 points.

However, the difference was LeBron James. The much scrutinized King dominated both ends of the floor for his Heat.

Anyway, click the link, watch the highlights, and get at HoopsVibe News in the comment box below.  

--Oly Sandor.

The Retribution of Rick Carlisle
Wednesday , Jun , 01 , 2011 Paul Eide

The Retribution of Rick Carlisle

Who is Rick Carlisle? For a lot of NBA fans coming into the 2011 NBA playoffs, that was a tough answer. Sure, you knew he had coached a few teams in the past, but he was largely nondescript and unheralded; you knew his name but weren’t sure why, exactly.

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Tuesday , May , 31 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Video: Dirk Nowitzki’s 2011 playoffs is no Hasselhoff joke

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: He’s a long way from the David Hasselhoff jokes.

Dirk Nowitzki has been arguably the best player in the 2011 playoffs, and tomorrow he’ll compete for a championship against the Miami Heat. Watch the video and get at us with thoughts  in the comment box below.

--Oly Sandor.

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Tuesday , May , 31 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

A Versatile King: LeBron will guard Dirk and J.J. Barea

How much does J.J. Barea concern the Heat? They're actually putting him in the same sentences as the league’s Most Valuable Player. With a straight face. “If you don’t treat him with the same type of respect as we did with Derrick Rose he can really come in and have an impact on the game,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “I’m sure there will be some possessions where LeBron will be on him."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: ‘We are all witnesses’ of LeBron James’ evolution.

Since signing with the Miami Heat, James has used his athleticism to become the world’s best defensive player.
 
For instance, he’ll spend time defending both Dirk Nowitzki and J.J. Barea when his Heat faces the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals.
 
These two couldn’t be more different. Nowitzki is a seven-footer with range; Barea is a jitterbug point guard.  And James will use his athleticism, size, and strength on both.
 
Yes, James is versatile. And yes, James is good –very, very good.
 
Love him or hate him, no player has ever possessed such versatility on defense, while dominating the other end of the floor.
 
All that remains is winning a championship. When that happens, James will start his climb up the ladder of all time greats.
 
--Oly Sandor.
 
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Be real – 2011 Kobe’s Lakers are in trouble even with Mike Brown.
Sunday , May , 29 , 2011 J.N.

Be real – 2011 Kobe’s Lakers are in trouble even with Mike Brown.

Laker haters unite! This is your time. Hate hate hate hate! Did anyone peep Sugar Shane Mosley’s wife during the Pacquiao fight? Johnny Gill’s song was all I heard in my mind “My My My You sure look good tonight.” She sure was. Her name is Bella Gonzalez. She was screaming passionately at Sugar Shane to fight. I know Laker fans were screaming at the Lakers to fight just like her. Oy dios mios! I still haven’t gotten over the sight of her. Wow!

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Saturday , May , 28 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Jason Terry predicted Dallas’ success with tattoo of championship

"When he first got the tattoo, I said he was crazy," Stevenson said of the tattoo that is on the inside of Terry's arm. "I didn't say it to him. But I've never been to the [NBA Finals], and for him to have that now. Wow. And he got that tattoo in October, and it means a lot with what we've been through."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It would seem Jason Terry called the Dallas Mavericks shot last October with a little ink –as in the permanent kind.

Terry was so convinced his Mavs’ would win the Western Conference he got a tattoo of the Larry O’Brien championship trophy on his right bicep during training camp.

Well, Terry’s prediction came true. The Mavs’ won the west in convincing fashion. They are four wins from hoisting the championship. Standing in their way is the Miami Heat.

For now, Terry’s tattoo looks like a good decision. Who knows if that changes if the Mavs’ lose their second NBA Finals to the Heat, though?

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , May , 28 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Video: Dwyane Wade 2006 NBA Finals

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Don’t sleep on Dwyane Wade.

Sure, LeBron James has been absolutely brilliant. But five years ago, Wade lead the Miami Heat to their first ever championship against, of course, the Dallas Mavericks.

So, what Wade shows for the NBA Finals? Will Wade play like the co-star from the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals or will he be ‘that guy’ from 2006?

It should be interesting. And it’s just one storyline worth following from this NBA Finals.

Watch the video of Wade from 2006 and get at us on ‘Flash’ in the comment box below.    

--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , May , 26 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Dirk leads Dallas back to NBA Finals

HoopsVibe`s Very Quick Call: Five years after losing a heartbreaking series to the Miami Heat, the Dallas Mavericks are heading back to the NBA Finals.

Fourth quarter defence, Shawn Marion, and Dirk Nowitzki were the keys to the Mavericks` 100-96 game-five, series-clinching win over the Thunder.

Click the link for video highlights and get at us with thoughts in the comment box below on the Mavericks winning the Western Conference. 

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , May , 25 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Kevin Durant on last play of regulation: ‘I didn’t know what else to do’

On the biggest play of the series, the final play of regulation, Kevin Durant caught the ball at halfcourt, but when he looked toward the basket, he saw three Mavs coming at him. So, he shot from at least 8 feet behind the three-point line. “I didn't know what else to do,” he said, the frustration obvious in his voice. “I didn't want to run into their defense and get another turnover.”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: If the Oklahoma City Thunder ever wants to win an NBA championship, they have to do better than a Kevin Durant prayer from eight feet behind the three-point line.

The game was tied. There was 6.5 seconds on the clock. And the Thunder had used a timeout to design a play.
 
In these situations, great teams get a basket or, at a minimum, a good shot. The Thunder wasted the possession, and the Dallas Mavericks won game four in overtime to take a commanding 3-1 series lead.
 
The Thunder may have been reeling from surrendering a double-digit lead in the final stages of the fourth quarter. Perhaps the moment got to them.
 
They have to be better. It starts with superstar Kevin Durant.
 
Point blank: Durant has to know what to do in these situations. He has to exude confidence. Most importantly, he has to produce.
 
Anything else won’t do. Not if the Thunder are serious about winning a championship.

--Oly Sandor.


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Dallas vs. OKC: Age Before Beauty
Tuesday , May , 24 , 2011 Paul Eide

Dallas vs. OKC: Age Before Beauty

 

 
It’s almost impossible to quantify in a tangible way, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t there. The value of having experienced, battle tested veterans on an NBA roster during the playoffs is priceless and accounts for unexpected game and series victories every year.  
 
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Tuesday , May , 24 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

OKC blows fourth quarter lead, Dallas takes 3-1 lead

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Choke job. This is the only way to describe the Oklahoma City Thunder squandering game four of the Western Conference Finals to the Dallas Mavericks.

The Thunder held a massive lead in the fourth quarter before losing 112-105 in overtime. Bottom line: they lost their focus.

For instance, the Thunder had the ball with 6.5 seconds remaining. The score was tied. However, all they got was a Kevin Durant heave off a broken play.

The Mavericks now lead the series 3-1, and are on the verge of returning to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2006.

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--Oly Sandor.

“Durantula” And Who Else?
Thursday , May , 19 , 2011 Paul Eide

“Durantula” And Who Else?

 

The Oklahoma City Thunder don’t want to get into high scoring games with the Dallas Mavericks every game in this series because they just can’t hang; Dallas is too deep and is loaded with scorers. By comparison the Thunder really only have three options; Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden who were the only three players to average double figures during the season. In the playoffs Serge Ibaka is averaging 10.2 ppg but as a defensive specialist in the middle he is a fourth scoring option but only out of necessity. After that it gets thin in a hurry as Nick Collison is the fifth leading scorer averaging 5.8 ppg. And that’s pretty much it.