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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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Here’s what we know about the NBA Finals so far

We know that the series is now tied 2-2.

We know that Dirk Nowitzki will play through a bad finger injury with a brace, will play through with a 101 degree temperature, and we also know LeBron James is human after all.

From the Miami Herald today:

It’s not just the first time in his playoff career that LeBron has been held  below 10 points. It’s the first time in 434 NBA games, regular season and  playoffs included. It’s the first time overall since Jan. 5, 2007.

If he’d done this in Cleveland, sat on the weak side watching teammates do  the bulk of the lifting, he would’ve been called a quitter. Given that his team  was hardly getting blown out of this one – in fact, the Heat was leading by nine  points with 10:30 left in the fourth quarter with LeBron playing the facilitator – it should probably just be called a once-in-a-lifetime oddity. The Halley’s  Comet of LeBron James’ playoff career.

Ouch! It goes further:

But here’s where the criticism is absolutely valid in this one. If LeBron had  played 44 minutes as the sidekick, the egoless point forward with all the right  intentions, and then turned it on for the final four minutes, no one would’ve  been concerned about the final stat line.

If LeBron James decided that, in the final few minutes with the Heat  desperate for big buckets, he would switch to a scorer’s mentality and just  flat-out missed, it would at least be reasonable.

But for LeBron to attempt exactly one shot in the fourth quarter when his  team needed everything he had, it’s pretty much inexcusable.   

So to put it mildly, LeBron is taking some HEAT (hahaha) for his poor performance no?

Look, the Dallas Mavericks are playing hard. They are huffing and puffing, running around bandaged up with a temperature of 101. These “old” guys have this series tied up at 2 games apiece. It’s going to be very interesting the way this thing ends up, but we do know that the Mavs are trying really hard in this thing. More than some players are playing right?

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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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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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