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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: 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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So Miami has resorted to name-calling?

Looks like it’s going to be a Miami/Dallas NBA Championship series, and the good folks on the right bank are already talking smack. (Even though technically, they haven’t earned the right yet, since they are still playing Chicago).

Here is the link to the “publication.” 

And here is the first paragraph to the story:

The Dallas Mavericks earned a spot in the NBA Finals Wednesday night with their 100-96 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, which means once the Heat finally put the Chicago Bulls out of their misery tonight, all that stands between Miami and a national title is a shaggy, horse-toothed German and his band of merry pranksters.

Wow.

So here were some comments to that story by some Texans:

1) We don’t shoot our tourists.

2) Mojitos are terrible, margaritas are divine.

3) Miami is the only place that has an ocean and no waves.

4) Dallas doesn’t get flattened by hurricanes every few years.

5) Our quarterbacks don’t shave their legs and wear pantyhose.

So, this looks like it’s going to be an interesting series, in more ways than one.

Them’s Fightin’ Words? 5 Reasons Why Miami Is Better than Dallas (D Magazine)

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Boom Shaka laka laka, Mavericks beat Thunder, take 2-1 series lead

What is it with this game of basketball? Dallas was up at one point by 23 points but the Oklahoma City Thunder made it interesting to finally lose 93-87.

The Mavericks, who tied with Miami for the league’s best road record during the regular season, won for the fourth straight time outside Dallas in these playoffs and reclaimed home-court advantage just two nights after letting it get away in Game 2.

Nowitzki went 7 for 21 from the field but Dallas still called on him in the clutch to hold off Oklahoma City’s late charge.

NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant also struggled from the field, hitting  just 7 of 22 shots to finish with 24 points and 12 rebounds.

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Perot Jr. Sues Mark Cuban claiming Mavs ‘insolvent’

This is what happens when billionaires collide. One always sues the other.

The Dallas Mavericks are “insolvent and and/or in imminent danger of insolvency,” according to a lawsuit filed Monday by a company controlled by Ross Perot Jr.

Dallas Basketball Ltd., which does business as the Dallas Mavericks, had a net loss of $50 million in the fiscal year ended June 30, the lawsuit said. The team has lost $273 million since Dallas billionaire Mark Cuban took over as majority owner in 2000, Perot alleged.

Wow. See,  Mark Cuban is the principle owner here but Ross Jr. still holds a minority stake in the team. I guess Ross Jr. isn’t getting paid so that’s the reason for the suit.

My legal question is this. How can you sue a business partner for money when there is no guarantee that the team will win enough games and championships to make a profit?

Also, if I were Perot, I would be thanking Cuban the team didn’t lose more.

On January 14, 2000, Cuban purchased a majority stake in the NBA Dallas Mavericks basketball team for $285 million from H. Ross Perot, Jr. Since his purchase, the Mavericks have gone from long-time league doormats to NBA championship contenders.

In the 20 years before Cuban bought the team, the Mavs had a winning percentage of only 40%, and playoff record of 21-32. The team had never advanced beyond early rounds in the playoffs. In the six years following, the team has won 69% of their regular season games and have reached the playoffs each season. The Mavs playoff record with Cuban is 39 wins and 40 losses, including their first trip to the NBA Finals in which they lost to the Miami Heat.
Sometimes, billionaires need to play together better. And what’s with the owners in Dallas all of a sudden?

Ross Perot Jr. sues Mark Cuban, claims Mavs ‘insolvent’ (DMN)

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Wait! We want people to come to north Texas for this?

Our good friend Rick Chandler, over at NBC’s Out of Bounds has a great story about the North Texas Super Bowl Committee and their new video introducing the Host Committee’s Super Bowl XLV extravaganza.

The video is funny, but you can’t help but hope these folks keep their day job.

Now without further ado, here are several “North Texas athletes, mayors, and personalities” singing This Kiss, which is supposed to get you excited for the arrival of Super Bowl XLV in Dallas. This was my reaction.

When you choose a song with an octave range that would challenge any singer, and pair it with a dozen or so of the most tone-deaf people in Texas, the result cannot help but be golden. The video debuted at the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee’s Kick-off Concert Series on Saturday in Fort Worth, headlined by Faith Hill. From the Dallas Morning News:

Baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, Pro Football Hall of Famers Roger Staubach and Emmitt Smith and Hockey Hall of Famer Brett Hull join Rangers Michael Young and Ian Kinsler, Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki and Rolando Blackman, Dallas Cowboys Tony Romo and Daryl Johnston, Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson, broadcaster Pat Summerall and a kinda creepy looking Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones to sing Faith Hill’s “This Kiss.” All I can say is the folks at the Super Bowl XLV Host Committee office are geniuses. Or have pictures of people. You can’t help but smile.

In other news, hell is real. You can’t help but smile.

Requiem for your ears: Texas sports celebs attempt to sing ‘This Kiss’ (Out of Bounds)

Nolan Ryan, Jerry Jones join Dallas athletes to sing ‘This Kiss’ (DMN)

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The incredible Mark Cuban

Oh what a night for sports in this country! Have you heard this story yet? It seems Mark Cuban is mad the Cowboys are playing a playoff game this Saturday night and it conflicts with the Mavs game at the same time.

Says Cuban:

“I know we’re just little pissants compared to the NFL, but seriously, the NFL is turning into the ugly American when it comes to sports leagues,” Cuban said. “They don’t give a crap about anybody but themselves.”

Amazing right?

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