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Solid NBA Finals analysis by clearly insane German man (video)

Our good friend Rick Chandler over at Off the Bench, just knocked one out of the park with this entry. This German in the video is so cheesy, he just cracked me up. Let me just repost Rick’s entry:

A recent study rated Germans as the least humorous nationality, and you can’t really disprove those findings with Flula Borg, the Bavarian-born DJ/TV personality/Dirk Nowitzki fan who enjoys playing on YouTube. Here’s Flula dissing the Miami Heat in his unique Flula way, which includes the declaration: “Miami Heat stay home! Netflix.” Also: “Chris Bosh: here inside, poo-poo time!”

Dirk Nowitzki: He plays good, like an iPod.

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Maverick Prayer

“Our Mavericks, who art in Texas, winners be thy name. The Heat will come, they will be done, in Miami as they will be in Texas. Give us this week a series win, and forgive us our Home loss as we cause home losses upon them. Lead us not into the offseason, but deliver us a…Championship. Amen.”

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Let’s Go Mavericks!

Defeat Pure Evil! Let's go Mavs!

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***Breaking News*** Miami Heat “very disappointed” over Game 2 loss to Mavericks

In breaking news from USAToday, we are learning that the Miami Heat are “very disappointed” at losing Game 2 in Miami the other night.

“First of all, we let one go,” Heat guard Dwyane Wade said. “We let one slip away. We’re a very confident team going into the fourth quarter when we have the lead, whether it’s one point and obviously 15.
But just looking at the film, even watching on my own, just looking at the things you felt we could have done better as a team, the little mistakes we made that they made us pay for.”

I have to wonder if the Miami Heat ever thought that maybe they are too full of themselves? Nah, probably not.

Heat ‘very disappointed’ in late Game 2 collapse (USAToday) 

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Do you think YOU could block Dirk’s fade away shot?

From ESPN’s Sports Science channel, an explanation of how Dirk Nowitzki is so successful at his jump fade away shot.

Impressive!

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Charles Barkley in a league of his own

I’m not sure if you have seen this but I think it’s pretty funny. Charles Barkley actually breaks his golf club on a drive.

Lots of people have issues with Sir Charles. I think he has much greatness.

 

 

Video: Charles Barkley shatters driver on 1st tee at Champions Tour Regions Tradition at Shoal Creek (MSF)

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Wake up call: Yes Kathryn, we have a series!

Forgive me for being sort of a vindictive kind of guy, but I always love reading the paper of the team that the Mavs beat after a big game. Take what the Miami Herald is saying this morning after last night’s improbable Mavs comeback victory.

Entering the NBA Finals, it seemed nothing could top the craziness that was the  Heat’s comeback in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. Then Thursday  happened. The Heat led by 15 points with seven minutes left before the Mavericks  reeled off a 17-2 run to tie the score at 90 with 57 second to play.

Launching threes, hitting threes, shutting down superstars, holding the  slimmest of leads at home or on the road — all of it appeared to be a piece of  cake for LeBron James and the Heat in these playoffs.

And then Thursday happened. And then the fourth quarter happened. And then  Dirk Nowitzki happened.     

      And then all those good feelings that had been built up over the past  two series of impressive close-outs dissolved with one left-handed layup. An  injured left hand at that.

The Heat, which was lulled into the quicker game by Dallas’ smaller lineup at  times, had a postseason’s worth of highlights consolidated into one 40-minute  segment of basketball.

It looked easy when Wade was either carving up the Mavericks defense and  scoring, or kicking out to wide-open shooters. It looked stifling when the Heat  defense forced turnovers that resulted in so many dunks that both rims are  probably bruised.

It looked like such a sure thing when Wade hit that fadeaway three in the  corner to extend the Heat lead to 88-73 that those seat covers were probably all  bunched up and ready to be launched in the crowd.

Perhaps it was too early, then. Because the complacent Heat offense  immediately appeared. The overconfident approach kicked in. The stand-and-watch  LeBron offense kicked into high gear, and this time he wasn’t in savior  mode.

This time, he was in “What’s going on, here?” mode.

And then the Dallas Morning News with this:

  When Dwyane Wade, who had 36 points, poured in a 3-pointer from the corner right in front of the Mavericks’ bench with 7:14 to go, the Mavericks were down 88-73. Carlisle called a timeout, and LeBron James threw some soft punches into Wade’s chest as the pair did a little dance heading to the Miami bench.

“They were emotional and excited,” said Mavericks forward Brian Cardinal. “I don’t know if it ignited us. I’m sure it helped refocus everybody. You notice everything. That’s the beauty of having 15 guys on the bench. Everybody’s got an eyeball on something.

A 22-5 run later, the Mavericks had proved they were well aware of the Heat’s antics.

Let that be a lesson boys and girls. Never, ever start celebrating in advance. One thing you have to give credit to the Mavs for: They don’t even celebrate when they win a series!

ABOUT LAST NIGHT

Some people have bet large sums of money on the Miami Heat (Off the Bench)

Oh no! A hard salary cap in the NBA would make the Big Three unaffordable for the Miami Heat. [Larry Brown Sports]

Mark Sanchez Jumping, Doing Back Flips Off Catamaran In Maui (Busted Coverage)

Cops: Burglar rode bike with 59-inch TV (AzCentral.com) via (Sportress of Blogitude)

And how many of us saw this coming?

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TODAY IN REX MORGAN:

That’s what SHE said.

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OK peoples, go have yourself a super day. Shout out to all the Cavs for Mavs fans out there!

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Mavs steal Game 2, 95-93

Mavericks end game on 22-5 run; series now 1-1

Dirk Nowitzki made the tie-breaking layup with 3.6 seconds left, and the Mavericks roared back from 15 points down with 6 minutes left in the fourth quarter to beat the Heat 95-93 on Thursday night and tie the NBA finals at one game apiece.

Capping a furious rally by scoring Dallas’ final nine points, Nowitzki’s final two baskets were left-handed — despite a torn tendon on his non-shooting hand.

It was nice to take the air out of Miami.

Stat of the Game: The Heat took 73 shots & 30 of them were from 3. Series heads to Dallas tied 1-1

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Wake up Call: “Cavs for Mavs” movement is appreciated in Dallas

Despite being owners of a conference-worst record 19-63, NBA fans in Cleveland have a clear horse in the race for the NBA Championship, which began on Tuesday night in Miami, the city to which LeBron so famously (or infamously, depending on where you live) took his talents last year.

Shortly after the Heat advanced to the Finals last Thursday night, one Cleveland area artist and graphic designer George Vlosich took to his computer and produced a t-shirt that embodies most Cleveland residents’ view on the series between the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat (read: LeBron James).

The group’s newly-created logo even includes the tagline, “Defeat Pure Evil.”

Cavs-for-Mavs:

Twitter account @cavsformavs

The rapid growth of the Twitter account and the number of followers that have jumped on the bandwagon in one day is proof as well of the number of people–regardless of team affiliation–who just want the Heat to lose.

It’ll be interesting to see if any Heat fans out there have a response to the “Cavs for Mavs” group.

Perhaps “Evil Empire for Heatles” is in order.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT

Congratulations to Weed Against Speed for the new addition in the household!

The Top Ten Shaq moments of all time Cosby Sweaters

Just exactly what is a Canuck? Puck Daddy

And I saw this picture and really laughed, I mean, it IS funny right?

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TODAY IN REX MORGAN:

Clearence items sometimes aren’t so cheap

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Thanks for reading the blog. Have a great day, and Go Mavs/Cavs et al!

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Wake Up Call: Dirk is better with age

From Business Insider:

Dirk Nowitzki is having the best postseason of his career, averaging 28.4  points per game, while leading the Mavericks back to the NBA Finals. Nowitzki’s  newfound dominance can be traced back to a plan hatched by his coach before the  regular season even started.

This year, Nowitzki averaged just 34.3 minutes per game. That was down over  three minutes from 2008-09 (37.7 min/g) and 2009-10 (37.5 min/g), and was his  lowest amount of playing time since his rookie year (20.4 min/g).

The fewer minutes led to Nowitzki’s lowest scoring output (23.0 ppg) in seven  years. But the benefit appears to be a Dirk with fresher legs in the NBA’s  second-season. So far, Nowitzki’s playing time in the playoffs is up to 38.9  minutes per game, which is in line with previous postseasons. Last year he  averaged 38.8 minutes and in 2008-09 he average 39.4 minutes. And despite nearly  identical playing time, his scoring is up 2.0 points per game over the last  three years, when he averaged 26.7-26.8 points.

In his older age, the fresher legs have made Nowitzki a better shooter. His  effective field goal percentage (eFG%; which weighs shots based on their point  value, a 3-pt shot is worth more than 2-pt shot) was at a career-high this  season (.545) and has continued at nearly the same rate into the postseason.

All data via Basketball-Reference.com

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ABOUT LAST NIGHT:

What you missed while wondering how to make a memorable marriage proposal.

Excuse me, but aren’t we brothers?

When butter is the new weapon of choice.

Which part of this story is the weirdest?

It’s just impossible.

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TODAY IN REX MORGAN

You can’t buy friends

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Have a great weekend, thanks for reading the blog. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

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