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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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Oh, it got a little scary in Arlington last night

We here in north Texas had a dose of scary weather last night. I saw baseball-sized hail and the weather was bad enough to postpone the Rangers-White Sox game.

A violent thunderstorm and the threat of tornadoes stopped the Texas RangersChicago White Sox game in the fourth inning on Tuesday night and authorities went even farther with their precautions, evacuating fans from the stands at Rangers Ballpark.

With civil defense sirens blaring because the Arlington area was under a tornado warning, fans were directed away from seating areas — many through the ballpark’s dugouts — and were reportedly funneled to underground tunnels inside the park.

Reporters on the scene (and folks watching on TV) tweeted ominous photos of clouds, precipitation coming down and fans filing through any open exit.

Thankfully, the line of storms yielded no tornadoes. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News wondered where all of the fans were going to go, because they all didn’t seem to fit underneath the ballpark where they were being directed.

They finally resumed the game much later, and in the Ranger’s case, probably wished it had been postponed.

Texas Rangers evacuate ballpark after tornado warnings(Big League Stew)

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