208 thoughts on “S-T-A-C-K

  1. All I know is that I will be ready Thursday at the AAC “Beat the Heat” watch party to watch the MAVS sweep the Heat. Bring your brooms.

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  2. Dirk is a movie star:

    http://sportsfunfactsandthingsthatbugme.blogspot.com/

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  3. Now tell me Mav fans, what do you think about Don Nelson now?? Pretender, not a contender.

    Dirk is moolighting in Japanese films … check out this blog!

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  4. Now tell me Mav fans, what do you think about Don Nelson now?? Pretender, not a contender.

    Dirk is moolighting in Japanese films … check out this blog!

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  5. Dennis has way too much time on his hands to be hovering over a blog that is pro Dallas Mavericks. The celts have a great history, and Pierce is an all-star caliber player. But honestly, anyone that has been on the mavs bandwagon during these last 3 thrilling (going on 4) series victories just has to look at your comments and laugh. Paul Pierce is the last person running through the heads of mavs fans right now. I guess it just gets all blurred when your seeing that gold trophy on display after every commercial break. Was that last year when the mavs utterly destroyed Pierce and the Celts.

    You are the fly that was buzzing around Steve Nash’s head during game 5’s postgame press conference.

    On another note, holding shaq to only 5 points is damn incredible. When’s the last time thats happend to him in a playoff game.

    Go Mavs. Beat the Heat !!!!

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  6. You guys are just playin’ better than we are. I’m not gonna blame anyone but my team (unlike a certain coach in Seattle) for not getting the job done.

    BTW, I AM A STEELER FAN which is why I took the liberty to rip on Holmgren.

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  7. wow, Dennis.

    Get a grip. I know what it’s like to be a fan of a sucky team; believe me, I do. (Maybe next year my Raps will make the playoffs. That would be nice.)

    I’m here mostly ’cause I’m a fan of Jerry, Dirk & Avery. And it’s nice to see Diop playing well. (Yeah, he used to be a Rap. Sigh.) But I’m no Mavs fan.

    But I do know they’re pretty good. And FWIW, The Truth is a fine player. Maybe someday he’ll be playing for a team that can live up to his ability.

    But the Celts ain’t it. Not now.

    Just like my Raps ain’t exactly supporting CB4 too well.

    Maybe sometime, Pierce’ll be in a Dallas uniform. And before you say it’s impossible, once I woulda sworn Stack was a Piston for life. And Ainge is crazy.

    Dirk did deserve the MVP this year. The Truth and CB4 didn’t. And it’s not just because they’re playing on sucky teams, but because Dirk really is better.

    But even if Dirk wasn’t better. If CB4 was playing with Jet, Stack, Damp, Griffin, Harris, and Howard, my Raps would be a pretty awesome team.

    And that’s part of being a fan too. Even when you know your guys are overmatched, even when you know they’re not gonna be checking out new jewelry in July, you stick by ’em. The Raps are my team, and I’m glad they got the #1 pick, even in a weak draft.

    But, you know, I don’t think they’re gonna win it all next year.

    Hey, guys, if any of you are reading this… CB4? Even the Swirsk? Go ahead and prove me wrong. I’ll love it.🙂

    But if they don’t, I’m still proud of ’em, because they really tried to win. (Except for Mike James. But his box-score-padding ways are going away soon.)

    The part of being a fan, though, which I don’t like, and that you’re doing – you don’t tell fans of other teams that their teams suck, and yours is better, when it clearly isn’t. There are long-term Mavs fans on this board, and they’ve suffered for a long time waiting for something good to happen for their guys. And it’s finally coming true. You shouldn’t take that away from them.

    At least your boys already have a bunch of banners hanging…

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  8. Cuban is a real fan of basketball and this will show that an owner who is a real fan of the game is better than just a corporate suit looking to cash in.

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  9. What is the deal with Stuart Scott beginning/ending each interview with something negative? Case in point: 1. Finals Game 1 -“Terry – You can hit four 3-pointers but you can’t hit a layup?”
    2. Halftime, Finals Game 2 – “Damp – you had 0 points…”

    I think my friend Justin had a good point – that abrasive commentating style is entertaining when sitting behind the desk, but when you are in their faces, some finesse would be nice. Any thoughts?

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  10. at least Im no fairwhether fan like you guys, I can admit the celts sucked this year although they had the best player in the nba, however I still will keep on purchasing my half season tickets with optimism for the future, however, none of you mavs fans will admit, most of you are fairwhether fans and dont remember before the dirk era, hell, most of you probly didnt watch most of this season until the playoffs so at least I can honestly say Im a true fan and be proud.

    As to dirk being a household name, no shit sherlock, because its so fucking uncommon. If it were reversed, and paul pierce was named dirk, you could refer to him as dirk and everyone would still know who he was. thats like saying mookie was a household name when he was playing for the hawks in the mid ninteies, he wasnt neccersatlriy better than paul pierce, he just had an uncommon name.

    as for the person who reffered to pierce as a stabbing victem, that makes him more amazing, he was stabbed multiple times the the back of the neck weeks before the season began and was in critical condition and still didnt miss a game from it. WHAT A DAMN WARRIOR. im sure mark cuban would love to have a player like that

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  11. Great win Mark and the Mavs!

    MFFL

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  12. Dennis is a tool. Go Paaaak the caaaaaaahh, or wooooolk the doowg at haaaavard yaaaard. The Mavs are wicked awesome ya freakin chowderhead!

    Sign that the apocolypse is upon us…..

    Paul Pierce is being compared to Dirk.

    Hey Dennis, notice how I didn’t have to say his last name? Thats because he’s a household name, say like… Sting, or Madonna, or Dimebag(RIP).

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  13. Paul Pierce = stabbing victim
    Dirk Nowitzki = superstar

    Anyways, I wanted it to be Detroit and Dallas in the finals, but that didn’t work out.

    Here’s some love from Detroit:
    DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLAS BASKETBAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALL!!!

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  14. 2 MORE TO GO. GO MAVS. GIVE THE HEAT MORE ICE…

    MORE THREE POINTERS, UH AND FOUR POINTERS TOO!!!

    CAN DAVID STERN CONSIDER CHANGING THE RULES BY ADDING FIVE POINTERS FOR THE MAVS, COZ THREE’S AND FOUR’S ARENT ENOUGH FOR THIS TEAM. GO MAVERICKS! GO DALLAS!

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  15. YO! GO MAVS…. what a game… the mavs need to play exactly like that… every mavs fan thrived on seeing shaq sitting in the 4th with a dull face… hey mark my dad wanted to say hey to you… he said you called him the wine man… he worked for gallo wine and always brought you wine… i was at your bros house the other day… one of my friends dad is friends with your bro… your have a kick ass house… so does your bro

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  16. Thank You Mark for finally getting rid of nellie and putting avery in the drivers seat. Imma lakers fan but asside from them I cheer for the Mavs to kill the east… Shaq aint nothing Bring down the big man. Oh and Dirk Should at least trump Steve Nash for MVP. I mean com’n steve nash has Marion who also puts up All star numbers and consistancy. Nowitzki has basically been the only constant on the Mavs team. The other players aren’t bad but you can’t say they are better then marion. Oh and Please Mavs beat the Heat so bad at home that shaq doesn’t want to do the post game there either hahahah

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  17. Saravanan: The Mavs already have one record that oughta last a while: Two four-point plays in one Finals game. Plus, Stack has the 10-0 run in a Finals game, which he shares with Isiah Thomas, from back when Isiah was a great PG instead of a horrible GM🙂

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  18. paul pierce= living legend
    dirk nowistki= decent role player

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  19. trey allmon, please blow me

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  20. Umm, Dennis, which golf course are the Celts playing THIS year moron? Are you guys still upset that the Celts wanted the big German and the Mavs one upped you on draft day? Here’s an idea, go to the Celtic’s owners blog and…
    oh, wait, Mark Cuban is the only owner that takes time to communicate with his teams fan base. Must be why a Celt’s fan is on here. Go cheer on your Sox, who got pounded in the 2nd game yesterday by the Rangers. Oh well, at least you’ve got “next year”.

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  21. Paul Pierce shouldve been MVP he singlehandledly carried the team for much of the year, much more important to his team than dirk or nash.

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  22. mavs and heat suck celts win it all next year

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  23. When we were leading by 25, i was expecting mavs to crush the heat by 50 points and have a record which could stand forever.. Disappointed in less than 20 win..

    Yep.. u can never satisfy a mavs fan.. bring on more.. crush the heat.. and dont be satisfied with what we have.. come on mavs.. crush the heat in 4.

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  24. the celtics will win it all next year. Paul Pierce is the truth

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  25. So who are the Mavericks?

    They ripped the Grizzlies!

    They had a Texas style showdown with the Spurs near the talked about, Riverwalk.

    They battled the Suns to only step into battle with the Heat.

    But with a 2 game lead, can the Mavericks bring in a Tropical storm of their own to cool down the Heat?

    Parts of Florida is about to be hit with Tropical Storm Alberto. While Miami is about to get hit with Tropical Storm Mavericks.

    Will the Miami Heat be prepared?

    Or will the General call upon his mighty warriors to unleash a storm that Miami has never seen before?

    GO MAVERICKS!!!!

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  26. So who are the Mavericks?

    They ripped the Grizzlies!

    They had a Texas style showdown with the Spurs near the talked about, Riverwalk.

    They battled the Suns to only step into battle with the Heat.

    But with a 2 game lead, can the Mavericks bring in a Tropical storm of their own to cool down the Heat?

    Parts of Florida is about to be hit with Tropical Storm Alberto. While Miami is about to get hit with Tropical Storm Mavericks.

    Will the Miami Heat be prepared?

    Or will the General call upon his mighty warriors to unleash a storm that Miami has never seen before?

    GO MAVERICKS!!!!

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  27. after last night, the mavs can do anything!!! they are truly a great team. and have a great leader,in Avery. i really wondered after steve nash left, but now, i have no doubts! thats the way to go Mark!!!!

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  28. Mark,
    I live in Los Angeles, but I am totally a Maverick fan. I have a Maverick hat and tshirt..and I am trying to get everyone I know to “get it”….the team to watch….it definitely your Mavericks. I love them, and I have for years….well ever since you came on board actually. You made them exciting. Thank you. And they are going to win the whole thing….
    catherine
    http://www.unbrokenheart.com

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  29. HAHAHAHAHA….Go MAVS…*Muah to Mark Cuban*..
    Dam, Shaq is such a media hog. I am so happy that Mavs is kicking shaq’s sss…All lakers fans stand united and we support MAVS..

    Did you see how Shaq was acting after reaching finals? They got to finals only becuase Detroit
    sucked not becuz of Miammi D.
    Now Shaq should realize it that he can’t win it all by himself. He can’t take credit for everything. All he knows is smack the ppl around him and dunk the ball ..he has no ball handling skill..
    Look at Dirk …and Look at Shaq…Dirk can shoot 3s yeah baby

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  30. Wow!
    Being in Germany and not following the MAVS for such a long time yet, I really feel that energy of the team and that great crowd in the AA center!
    Just awesome to see (and literally feel) that HEAT (no pun intended – obviously Miami does not deserve that name *g) created on the court.
    Seeing Dirk, Terry and Stackhouse in action compared to Shaq – looks like a whole different league to me.
    So, MAVS, you got yourselves a new fan over in Germany.
    I am completely confident that the MAVS will win two more games of the finals AT LEAST and so in my mind it’s already very clear who the NBA champs ’06 are!

    Tillman

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  31. Mark,

    Ten years ago, if someone were to tell me that the Mavericks would make the NBA Finals, I would have thought that they were being bitingly sarcastic or mentally insane. Now that it’s happening, it doesn’t seem like much of a surprise. It’s amazing what a dedicated and passionate owner can do to turn around a franchise. Congrats, and even though I’m a Kings fan, I am rooting for the Mavericks to win the championship.

    Yours,

    James

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  32. Mark, I thought you were a joke. It turn out that you are a very wise man. For one thing you hired a basketball genius in Avery Johnson, and you turned him loose on the NBA. After watching the series between the Mavs and the Spurs I was convinced that you guys are for real. I am still in the minority with my friends, but I want to congratulate you guys in advance. Great Job!

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  33. Oh yeah, forgot the self promotion

    http://www.travel-ascending.com/

    Traveling to Mijami or anywhere for that matter, visit us at Travel-Ascending.com

    Come on down to Daddy’s House…aka the triple A

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  34. Hey Mark –
    Gotta a suggestion for u….giving out tix to the 7th game is a great idea….but game 7….r u kidding me!!
    U should have the AA arena open for public viewing on the giant screen for games 3, 4 & 5 for FREEEEEEEE!!!!
    The way our Dirk and boys are playing….I dont see a game 6 or game 7 this year….mebbe next year!!
    Let Shaq keep ‘S-T-A-C-K’ing the bricks….
    GO MAVS!!!!

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  35. Better be ready for zero-point, the AAA, white hot and ready to annihilate the Mavs.

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  36. a little gambling advice is never o bet more than you can lose. dont bet your shack cause the odds are stack(ed}house against you. i predict that one team will get eliminated is miami, mark. so enjoy your time there. we’ll keep a light on for ya in dallas.

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  37. Post 110, drew mixon, nice You Tube! My sound card’s shot so I could only see it.

    Youse media folks are so veddy good these daze. Absolutely amazing!

    tt

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  38. Dickey in the Desert, Post #91 seems to know the score.

    *what’s going on, Dickey? – we’ll nevah know*

    After the game & a few minutes of Channel 8 outside AAC, I watched the interviews on ESPNN. Some of the media’s questions are so, so, I dunno…predictable?

    Ah, there’s the missing 8 hours of blog time = 12:16p – 8:02p.

    It was a lovely game, TEAM.

    Please do it AGAIN!

    tt

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  39. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kp4CIFfbJZU

    thanks for the fun.

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  40. Hey M.C. I used to be Shaq’s Biggest Fan when I lived in Orlando….wrote him letters all the time to get the same post card with a printed signature…even got a pic of when he pulled up next to me at a gas station….used to carry it in my wallet…then he snubbed us and ran to L.A. He could have at least let us sign and trade….but hey Orlando would have prolly just traded whoever they got for him anyway… But to see him back in Florida for somebody other than Orlando…makes me sick to my stomach..he owed us one…but I’ve missed both games of the finals and will only get to see one game and thats if you guys don’t sweep….so instead of gettin another fine…you should donate $50,000 to the Mike wants to see Shaq get it handed to him fund….that way i can quit my job watch the finals and have up to a year to find another job🙂 Im good luck i promise🙂

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  41. Hey M.C. I used to be Shaq’s Biggest Fan when I lived in Orlando….wrote him letters all the time to get the same post card with a printed signature…even got a pic of when he pulled up next to me at a gas station….used to carry it in my wallet…then he snubbed us and ran to L.A. He could have at least let us sign and trade….but hey Orlando would have prolly just traded whoever they got for him anyway… But to see him back in Florida for somebody other than Orlando…makes me sick to my stomach..he owed us one…but I’ve missed both games of the finals and will only get to see one game and thats if you guys don’t sweep….so instead of gettin another fine…you should donate $50,000 to the Mike wants to see Shaq get it handed to him fund….that way i can quit my job watch the finals and have up to a year to find another job🙂 Im good luck i promise🙂

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  42. PROPHECY REVISITED…

    Remember this comment from Mark’s blog titled “The Worlds Fastest Indian, The Super Bowl and The Oscars” … Februrary 2006?

    58. Posted Feb 9, 2006, 10:19 AM ET by StockMaverick

    OT:

    I had a dream last night. More like a vision. The future revealed itself within my mind’s eye…

    The two teams that will be competing for the NBA Championship this year will be facing off tonight, Mavs vs Heat. Tonight’s outcome is very significant … The winning team will ultimately become the 2006 NBA Champion…

    http://www.blogmaverick.com/entry/1234000847073520/

    Jim Parham
    Yuba City, CA

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  43. Not showing up press conference…$10,000
    Not making your star talk to the press…$25,000
    Shaq only scoring 5 points…priceless

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  44. Man, I have to hand it to you; this team is playing some great ball. I’m a Pistons fan (from the other big “D”), and what I wouldn’t have given to see the Pistons and the Mavs play each other. Now *that* would have been a series!

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  45. the heat < the spurs < the mavs yeah, even the spurs would own the heat like we will in the next 2 games..

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  46. Stack was out of his mind but we still can’t get any love from the national media. No matter how well we play, they still put Miami on the cover of ESPN.com.

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  47. How sweet it is! After being a Mavs fan through the decade “worst franchise in sports”, this is so great. It’s kind of sureal. Keep it up Mark!

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  48. Anyone else just hear Dan Patrick on ESPN radio admit he was WRONG? Hehehe…Now if we can get that e-hole Stepen A. to admit he’s backing the wrong horses, I’ll be halfway to smiling.

    PS – Avery is THE man.

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  49. I watched Stack play over the years. From the Pistons to the Mavs. This maybe an overkill, I’ve always thought that he plays like Kobe Bryant (same style) but never as hard on both ends of the court. Slasher streaker and he can makes shot everywhere. Since joining the Mavs, he’s matured tremendously as a person and a player. To be able to come off the bench and make a huge impact game in game out, this Dallas team is not only Deep, they going Deep to be the NBA Champions..Haha…I’m a true Lakers fan. which means I’m anti-Shaq. I hope the Mavs keep it up, especially you Mr Cuban. You deserve it and the city of Dallas too. Greatest luck to you.

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  50. WoooooHooooo!!!!!!!!!!

    Celebrate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I owe the Mavs an apology……before the Finals started I said the Mavs would win in 6….I love it when I’m wrong! Go ahead guys ………. SWEEP!!! SWEEP!!! SWEEP!!!

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  51. Great game from all of the Mavs… talk about a Blitzkrieg😀

    Goodluck in Game 3

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  52. After 13 years of being a Mav’s fan (Hey, I’m only 26), this is awesome. I moved to KC a few years ago and moved back to Dallas in March of this year. I am so glad to be back & am a little surprised how excited I am and proud to be back (I’m a writer, we’re supposed to be moody & angsty.) Anyway, looking forward to the next win!

    -Anne Jackson
    -www.flowerdust.net

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  53. 2 more…

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  54. After 13 years of being a Mav’s fan (Hey, I’m only 26), this is awesome. I moved to KC a few years ago and moved back to Dallas in March of this year. I am so glad to be back & am a little surprised how excited I am and proud to be back (I’m a writer, we’re supposed to be moody & angsty.) Anyway, looking forward to the next win!

    -Anne Jackson
    -www.flowerdust.net

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  55. Miami may have THE HEAT, but Dallas has got the HOTTIES !!! GO MAVS – GREAT TEAM EFFORT

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  56. The MAVS are awesome! 50% done….

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  57. Awesome game!

    If my nhl team (Oilers)comes back and the Mavs hold on…

    Best finals ever!

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  58. Yep, that little run before half by stack is what won you the game. The heat were never in it after that. Way to go Mark, I doubt the heat can 4 of the next 6.

    Now, you want a real challenge? Buy the Warriors and lead us to a championship.

    Please?

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  59. Glad I already have my tickets for AAC games 3 & 4 – I want to be there when we win it all!! WTG MARK, AVERY and all the guys & we LOVE YOU~

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  60. Hey Shaq….how do you like ‘Erica’ now?
    MFFL!
    GO MAVS!

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  61. SWOOSH DIRK! Go Mavs……2 and counting

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  62. The pompoms look great on TV. It really makes the crowd look alive! Great idea for a giveaway.

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  63. Mark

    The only guy that has managed to stop Stack so far…..has been the Ref early in the first quarter.

    Phil

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  64. Hey, Cuban! Leave he coaching to Johnson. Please don’t start being a jock sniffer.

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  65. Nah, I just like Stack.😉

    Although I think the Stack trade, along with firing Carlisle, points to a bigger problem with the Pistons: No loyalty. Stack and Carlisle were both instrumental in turning the Pistons from a wreck into a wrecking ball, and they both got sent off when Dumars thought he could cut a better deal.

    And in Carlisle’s case, he clearly didn’t; but I think Stack has proven himself to be more of a team player than Hamilton ever was, by turning into Dallas’ sixth man last year, and now just another part of the team.

    And he did still do a one-man 10-0 run😛

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  66. Dwayne,,,,,,someone tell the ABC guys that the only big D in Dallas is the MAVERICKS! He’s one of the “beautiful people” – yuck. He listens, he works sooooo hard = they ALL DO!

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  67. Rian – hope you are enjoying it as much as we are in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex!!!

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  68. Just wanted to let you know that you’ve got this New Englander rooting for the Mavs and (more importantly?) watching the finals.

    Cheers!

    (“This is what we call a good ol’ fashioned blow-out.” hahaha)

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  69. 3 DOWN AND 1 TO GO……MAVS ALL THE WAY!

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  70. Jerry put up 2 hail marys at the end of the first half. Not sayaing he’s not a strong scoring 6 man in the NBA, but if he misses those 2(low %) shots at the end of the second we have an entirely different game. Mark, heard you were looking at taking on the challenge of the MLB. If winning the NBA title helps push you down that road would you please come to Kansas City and save us from our owners.

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  71. We’re tough! It’s awesome! Go Mavs!

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  72. Looks like we will need to write a new chapter in the tales from the Dallas Mavericks book. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1582615632/102-7797645-0192915?n=283155

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  73. Looks like we will need to write a new chapter in the tales from the Dallas Mavericks book. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1582615632/102-7797645-0192915?n=283155

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  74. I’m sick of ABC HD. Every shot is out of focus, takes about 1-2 secs to focus in? Is it their cameras or the operators? What a joke.

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  75. OMG JERRY…JERRY…JERRY

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  76. Dan,
    I’m no Pistons fan, but you can’t even compare Stackhouse to Rip Hamilton. The Wizards made a horrible deal when they decided to get rid of Rip in favour of Stack. Any way you look at it (stats, championships, etc), Rip has been/is the better player. While he’s doing a great job tonight, don’t lose your head due to your emotions. If Dallas made the mistakes you’re making, they would lose. That being said, I’m hoping the Mavs pull it out… they deserve a championship. Good luck guys.

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  77. One thing we can keep counting on – Shaq @ THE FREE THROW LINE

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  78. Wow bad first quarter but the latter end of the second quarter was AWSOME!!
    SO GO JET AND STACK

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  79. ANOTHER 4 pointer?!

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  80. Hey Mark… I have a bet on our Team and watching the game right now. I knew this series is ours but we can do it 1 game at a time.

    No Luck-for-Shaq tonight. Yes !

    Wow !!! Stackhouse is on fire … GO MAVS !!!

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  81. WTF? We’ve had an awesome game so far but all they can talk about is The Heat? Why doesn’t Hubie just go put on one of their jerseys and get it over with? Anyway, KEEP IT UP!!! WE CAN DO IT!!! WE CAN DO IT ALL NIGHT LONG!!! ^_~

    Rebeccalee

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  82. About the 4 pointer…my daughter & I decided, with all the Man-Law commercials, that a half-court score is a 4-pointer. MAV-Law.

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  83. P-L-E-A-S-E improve the halftime show! how about some of those MAVS videos that are made – make the show as great as S-T-A-C-K!

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  84. Ok.. commentators are back on… The question was “What’s wrong with Miami?” The answer from Hubie “I love Miami” Brown is that they are not playing well. Let’s try this answer instead “They are getting their asses kicked by Dallas.” Why is that so hard to say?

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  85. From http://www.WhoWins.com: teams up 16 at halftime in NBA playoff games are 30-0. Thirty wins. No losses. Here’s to 31 — GO MAVS!!!

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  86. Keep up the pressure, move the ball. Go Mav’s!!! STACK!! Yeah!!

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  87. Avery is the man. Game plan is being excuted to perfection. Hopefully this will hold true when the buzzer sounds in the 4th.

    Did Stackhouse hit a 4 pointer. Damn, didn’t think that was possible but it happend.

    Go Mavs

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  88. GO HEAT!!

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  89. Why aren’t the penetrators shooting all those short jumpers? That’s how they’ve been turning over the ball. Instead of shooting or using the glass, they’ve been dishing out. By that time, spacing is off or pass is intercepted.

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  90. Miami is not the ropes. They are playing disorganized! Wade and Shaq are both totally nonproductive. Keep up the defence and the offensive pressure! You run and handle the ball there is no way the Heat can stay with the Mavs.

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  91. Hey, Pistons fans.

    Think you’re better off with Hamilton than Stackhouse?

    Think again.

    When did Hamilton do a 10-0 run – BY HIMSELF – in the NBA Finals?

    Well, now the aging, old-legs, run-down little ol’ Jerry has just done it.

    Comment by Dan Flemming -

  92. This just shows that the MAVs not only outclass the Heat, they outlast the Heat! Jerry has turned it on – and with a great roster hangin’ with him. Can’t wait for the 2nd half – Mark – we’re all there with you!

    Comment by Cynthia Jones -

  93. When Damp is getting the half-time interview, you know the game is going our way. GO DAMP GO MAVS!!!!!

    Comment by Jeffery Reeves -

  94. Go Mavs!!! Keep up the Lack-A-Shaq!

    Comment by Kelsey and Jon -

  95. REMINDER for Eric Dampier: Remember, Shaq called you “ERICA”, like his little biyaatch!

    Comment by Texaspeklat -

  96. Looking good. SHAQ is confused and frustrated. D. Wade’s playground moves don’t work against such an athletic and quick defense. We just need to keep pushing it, rebound and force anyone other than wade or shaq to beat us.

    Comment by David Bader -

  97. My entire family was screaming when Stack made that last shot! Let’s finish them off! 🙂

    Comment by Roxana -

  98. Jerry is ON TONIGHT! Can’t wait for the 2nd half. This is the night where the Mavs show their versatility – GO MAVS!!!

    Comment by Cynthia Jones -

  99. it’s scary to think what WILL happen when we fire on ALL cylinders!!!!

    Comment by TommyD -

  100. Stick to our game in second half:

    1) Keep running. They’ll tire.

    2) Keep drivin the hole, but tell Harris to be aware of his options if lane is stacked.

    3) Keep rotating our rested centers to give shaq hell.

    4) Spread the ball around to see which 2 of the big 4 is hot… dirk, howard, terry, stack

    Kaleb – Warez P2P

    Comment by kaleb -

  101. stack’s performance only shows how deep the bench of dallas. Game 1 was Jet Show, game 2 was Stack show, who would be the performer for game 3? By the way, kudos to Dampier as he outplayed Shaq!

    Comment by Joel Bauca -

  102. You’re an idiot. Watch the face of any Miami player after a fol. They look like they are smelling something dead soaked in onions and vomit. ( Antoine Walker looks like he’s going to cry: EVERY time.)

    To clarify: Game 5 of the 2006 NBA Finals:
    Miami Heat – 49 free throws
    Dallas Mavericks – 25 free throws

    Try actually watching a game before making your ridiculous opinions public.

    As for the “sore losers” characterization you want to use on the Mavericks: Which NBA team do you root for during the regular season? Did Dallas eliminate them from the playoffs?
    To quote several professional athletes from the 20th and 21st centuries: “Show me someone who is not a sore loser, and I’ll show you someone who is still a loser.”

    Comment by Sean Heath -

  103. OK…don’t flame me but I would like to make a few comments. First of all I am a middle age woman who has never watched much basketball (big football fan), but I got interested in the playoffs and now I think I am hooked and want to learn more about basketball.

    Looking from my rookie eyes it appears to me that there has been two different set of rules…one for the Mavs and one for the Heat. Unfortunately I wish the Mavs had the the Heat rules.

    It appears to me that Shaq has manhandled and beat up on the Mavs..what is with the elbow to the face and head about and why isn’t it a foul? Why does Wade draw so many free shots with phantom fouls?

    But the bottom line in my opionion is that the Mavs had a chance in 2 of the 3 games in Miami even with the interference of the refs. They just couldn’t seemed to get it going.

    Now that the are back in Dallas I think Miami is finally going to feel some real heat!

    Comment by Lynn Piland -

  104. So the real question are how much of a fine do the refs pay when they miss 2 calls right in front of them. If Dirk gets fine for kicking the ball into the stands shouldn’t the refs get fine for missing calls right in front of them. Could the NBA be controlling the out come just to bring in more revenue for 7 games then just 4 or 5 games.

    Comment by Dennis Cox -

  105. What’s up with the comments section being closed on all the recent posts? Man, there’s a lot to discuss here. Guess I’ll have to blog about it myself.

    Comment by Bryan Hauer - Official Blog -

  106. Post 202 says he’s been watching NBA for 35 years and never saw a dirtier foul than stack’s? R U kidding me? Even in the fast break era, Lakers-Celts had more Kurt Rambis and McHale incidents in one game than that foul. Get real.

    This Mavs fan makes no excuses and gives the Heat credit for taking the lead in this series. Fortunately for Dallas, it is first one to 4 and we will see if you can beat us there.

    No matter the outcome, our Stars will show up at press conferences and our fans will not boo the home team like the Heat bandwagon fans did in 3Q Game 3.

    Comment by Dan Norman -

  107. Posted Jun 18, 2006, 1:30 AM ET by Steve Shaw
    Man, you Mavs fans are whiners. You were done in SA with 12 seconds left when the refs bailed you out with the call that gave Nowitski a 3 point play. That call at that point in the game can only be described as a gift from heaven. Without it, you are down 1 with 12 sec left, hoping for missed FTs form the Spurs.

    Nowitski just set a record for most FTAs in a playoff season, and you are still whining.

    I have watched NBA ball for 35 years, and have never seen as dirty a foul as Stack’s hit on Shaq – it was a forearm shiver to the head

    First, even Ginobili knows he fouled Dirk on that play. Watch the replay sometime with your EYES open and even you will see the foul.

    Second, go back and look at the number of fouls called on the Mavs during these playoffs vs. the number against their opponents. Mavs are getting more calls against them than for them. Dirk just happens to be drawing more of the fouls than anyone. Oh, of course they don’t call fouls on Duncan against the likes of Dampier or Diop, nor do they call them against Shaq. Shaq hasn’t even been in foul trouble which we all know is a crock.

    Third, Stackhouse’s foul was not a forearm shiver to the head. Again, watch the video with your eyes open. It was just a hard foul that even Steve Kerr said should not have drawn a suspension and Kerr doesn’t like the Mavs at all.

    Comment by Eric Schweigert -

  108. Posted Jun 18, 2006, 1:30 AM ET by Steve Shaw
    Man, you Mavs fans are whiners. You were done in SA with 12 seconds left when the refs bailed you out with the call that gave Nowitski a 3 point play. That call at that point in the game can only be described as a gift from heaven. Without it, you are down 1 with 12 sec left, hoping for missed FTs form the Spurs.

    Nowitski just set a record for most FTAs in a playoff season, and you are still whining.

    I have watched NBA ball for 35 years, and have never seen as dirty a foul as Stack’s hit on Shaq – it was a forearm shiver to the head

    First, even Ginobili knows he fouled Dirk on that play. Watch the replay sometime with your EYES open and even you will see the foul.

    Second, go back and look at the number of fouls called on the Mavs during these playoffs vs. the number against their opponents. Mavs are getting more calls against them than for them. Dirk just happens to be drawing more of the fouls than anyone. Oh, of course they don’t call fouls on Duncan against the likes of Dampier or Diop, nor do they call them against Shaq. Shaq hasn’t even been in foul trouble which we all know is a crock.

    Third, Stackhouse’s foul was not a forearm shiver to the head. Again, watch the video with your eyes open. It was just a hard foul that even Steve Kerr said should not have drawn a suspension and Kerr doesn’t like the Mavs at all.

    Comment by Eric Schweigert -

  109. Lets just forget about last week and beat the Heat tonight. Dallas is not a 1 man team. It will be tougher without Stackhouse, but the other players will have to step it up a bit.

    Comment by Jane Browning -

  110. Anybody who is going to the games(either in Dallas or Miami), please feel free to join and post pictures at the Dallas Mavericks group on flickr.com

    http://www.flickr.com/groups/dallasmavericks/

    Mark, bring your digital camera to the game? Snap some shots?

    Any and all Dallas Mavericks pictures are welcome.

    It’s so sweet to see the Mavs beating up on a Pat Riley/Shaq team, after all the misery those two have brought to Mavericks fans over the last 20 years!

    Go Mavs!

    Comment by Tim -

  111. Posted Jun 18, 2006, 1:30 AM ET by Steve Shaw
    I have watched NBA ball for 35 years, and have never seen as dirty a foul as Stack’s hit on Shaq – it was a forearm shiver to the head reminiscent of Jack Tatum from Oakland Raiders lore. He should have been booted with a flagrant 2, you are fortunate it was only a 1 game suspension.

    Steve, somehow I doubt you’ve watched the NBA for 3.5 years, much less 35. If that’s the dirtiest foul you’ve ever seen you never watched Malone foul people, Rodman, Mchale, the Bad Boys in Detroit. Shaq himself over the years has been the master of the dirty foul. Please refrain from making dumb ass comments that make the blinders you wear so obvious.

    Comment by Trey Allmon -

  112. “I have watched NBA ball for 35 years, and have never seen as dirty a foul as Stack’s hit on Shaq – it was a forearm shiver to the head reminiscent of Jack Tatum from Oakland Raiders lore. He should have been booted with a flagrant 2, you are fortunate it was only a 1 game suspension.”

    -Steve Shaw

    Wow, Steve, you’re so great for having watched the NBA for 35 years. What makes you even greater is the fact that you’re a greater loser than you already portray yourself. Stack’s foul on Shaq was the dirtiest foul you’ve ever seen? You must have been watching a different NBA, Mr. Shaw. Recall some of the great fouls in NBA history: McHale on Rambis during the NBA Finals at the height of the 1980s Lakers-Celtics rivalry; any of the Detroit Pistons fouling Michael Jordan during the Jordan-Rules-era; Rodman versus Malone during the NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998; need I say more?

    You have shown your utmost incompetency in these matters. I hope you never ever claim to be such a huge NBA fan that you think you are. You know what’s sad? You’ve been watching the NBA for longer than I’ve been alive, and it’s clear I know more than you do.

    That said, the foul was NOT as dirty as Mr. Shaw portrayed it to be–even some of you fans acknowledged that Shaq didn’t think much of it afterward. Whatever the case, the suspension stands, and the Mavs have to make do without Stackhouse. Here’s to hopefully a classic Game Five later tonight. Have fun, Mr. Steve “I’m the NBA’s biggest fan and know more about it than anyone else” Shaw.

    Comment by djmarclo -

  113. If Shaq thought it was funny, and the three refs didn’t call a foul then how can the front offices make that decision?! I guess there is no need for refs then huh?!

    Comment by Kelly -

  114. Man, you Mavs fans are whiners. You were done in SA with 12 seconds left when the refs bailed you out with the call that gave Nowitski a 3 point play. That call at that point in the game can only be described as a gift from heaven. Without it, you are down 1 with 12 sec left, hoping for missed FTs form the Spurs.

    Nowitski just set a record for most FTAs in a playoff season, and you are still whining.

    I have watched NBA ball for 35 years, and have never seen as dirty a foul as Stack’s hit on Shaq – it was a forearm shiver to the head reminiscent of Jack Tatum from Oakland Raiders lore. He should have been booted with a flagrant 2, you are fortunate it was only a 1 game suspension.

    Comment by Steve Shaw -

  115. Shaq breaks our guys nose, elbows Dirk in the face “accidentally” about 4 times a game, pushes our guys around with his grossly oversized body…and no fouls are called let alone is he suspended! I don’t give a crap if the league likes Mark Cuban(Mavs fans love him:-) but to be so obviously biased against the Mavs is just BS! And where did they buy the lousy refs from..come on guys, this is the NBA Championship, not JV high school ball, let em play, call it fairly and LET THEM PLAY.don’t let the refs or David Stern determine who wins the Championship, let the Mavs and Heat sort that out. GO MAVS!!!

    Comment by Sherri (Forney Tx) -

  116. Jerry Stackhouse was found to be in violation of the NBA’s strict “Do Not Touch Shaquille O’Neal” policy. What a bunch of crap huh?

    Comment by steve childs -

  117. http://www.nba.com/webAction?actionId=surveyInitialize&target=/email_us/email_form_041027.jsp&surveyId=1152

    Send Stu and Stern a letter here…

    Comment by Trey Allmon -

  118. Jim,

    Don’t sweat it. Remember when JET got suspended for punching Finley in his mangina? Remember his next game? I can’t wait to see what Stack does in game 6. F David Stern, and more importantly, F Stu Jackson.

    Comment by Trey Allmon -

  119. Regarding the Stackhouse one game suspension and the officiating in general. Hey Shaq is a big deal and does get the calls going his way. And yes the officiating favors Miami. And yes there is a lot of powerful people wanting a Miami win. But all year we have not complained about officiating. That is not in our control. And sometimes complaining about it draws it too us more. The call was wrong Absolutely. But we need to win strong so that calls don’t matter in the game. Just be aggressive and win ! Then the calls start going your way.

    Comment by danny becker -

  120. T-H-U-G

    Comment by Tim Mitchell -

  121. I have just heard the news about the best 6th man in basketball.All of us here,in dallas at least,realize that without the help of the NBA’s self indulged comissioner the heat still have no chance to win the finals.No matter what our Mav’s are coming home for games 6&7(if necesary).Shame on you Mr.Comissioner for trying your best to have an impact on a final series.Let them play….there are referees on the floor to call the game.We dont need your input.We are here waiting for our Mavs.

    Comment by jim mull -

  122. just bring it on home.Take care of business.Lets experience the championship at home.GO MAVS.GOD BLESS.

    Comment by jg -

  123. Its okay, bring it home baby,lets have the mavs fans experience it at home.Get rested,get well.GOD bless

    Comment by jg -

  124. you’ve already done enough… i can’t even watch a mavs game without seeing you on tv… i guess that shows how much support you have for your team. wow… i’m really starting to like your blog. now i have another site to go to other than webdate dot com.

    Comment by jessica903 -

  125. Who would have thought Gary Payton would hit the game winner. Game 3 was a golden opportunity that slipped away. Dirk played well but he’s capable of a lot more.

    Comment by gian -

  126. to the person who asked are we better with rip than stack look sherlock we one one with rip first you haven’t won crap yet we’re seasoned vets when it comes to the finals you virgins looking to score who would ask a dumb question like that you’re nuts you make micheal jackson look normal

    Comment by L Smith 313 soldier -

  127. to the person who asked are we better with rip than stack look sherlock we one one with rip first you haven’t won crap yet we’re seasoned vets when it comes to the finals you virgins looking to score who would ask a dumb question like that you’re nuts you make micheal jackson look normal

    Comment by L Smith 313 soldier -

  128. Go Mavs, I am stuck here in Cleveland and for a Texan that is aweful.

    Comment by Sean Green -

  129. Dirk had a great game. He should win MVP of the series hands down. MAVS in 5.

    http://www.PRNScrubs.com

    Comment by Randall -

  130. gotta love STACK and the MAVS. I loved STACK when he played here in Detroit and would LOVE To see him win it in Dallas. Nice job this year Mavs.

    AD

    Comment by Art DuRivage -

  131. c’mon.
    how does Dallas lose a big lead?
    Were u there Mark.
    They need ur support.
    c’mon man, take u and ur family to a vacation.
    All the best.

    Comment by Sandeep -

  132. Post season stats…

    Dirk=NBA leading post season scorer

    Dirk=NBA leading post season rebounder

    Dirk=50 points in elimination game after carrying his team back from an 18 pt. deficit.

    Dirk=Biggest play in post season in 15 years in the final seconds of regulation in game 7 AT s.a.

    Dirk=Nashville, San Antonio, Pheonix and Miami’s biggest nightmare.

    Paul Pierce= sitting at home watching Dirk…

    Comment by trey allmon -

  133. That isn’t my argument idiot. one of you’re initial statements was that
    “Paul Pierce=living legend”
    Dirk Nowiztki=Decent role player”.

    my argument is that you are an idiot. Dirk is a top 6 player in the NBA, probably top 4 after this post season.

    Regular season 05-06 stats…
    Dirk= 15% better free throw shooter at 91%
    Dirk= better 3FG %
    Dirk= better FG%
    Dirk=More games played
    Dirk= .2 ppg less per game in less minutes per game.

    If your boy is a superstar, how does Dirk beat him in every statistical category but ppg playing less minutes????????

    Comment by trey allmon -

  134. hey trey, your arguement is dirk is better because he was
    drafted higher. does that make darko better than dwyane? or sampson better than
    michael jordan? or olowkandiman better than everyone else in the most
    star-packed draft of the past 10 years?

    Comment by Dennis -

  135. 13 point lead in the 4th should be good. D-Wade was a monster. Hold him to less than 35 and the Heat have no chance in game 4. Can’t take anything away from Miami, hell of a game for # 3. Damp did stick with overweight crybaby though, 14-16. Go Damp, put Shaquira in his/her place!!!!

    Comment by trey allmon -

  136. Dirk has been there twice dick head! That’s why I asked “how many”. You truly are your grandma’s douchebag!

    Comment by trey allmon -

  137. Pierce has made the eastern finals before, dipsh*t

    Comment by Dennis -

  138. Michael Hough….

    Amen, speak it. I live in the Dallas area and people who swore they hated basketball are now decked out in Finals gear. As far as Stack not getting respect, I see it as just the opposite. He missed 29 games early in the year and STILL managed to get the votes to finish 3rd in 6MOTY. That’s respect. Name another player in the modern (Since Jordan) era to miss over 1/3 of the season and still finish in the top 3 in an individual category.
    Keep giving the Spurs fans hell!!!!

    Comment by trey allmon -

  139. Dennis, you still haven’t told us which course the Celts are on. And just in case you missed it in the first post earlier, we had a chance to draft Paul Pierce over Dirk. Except we worked out a deal for the Bucks to take Dirk right in front of your Celts because he was #1 on their list, Not Paul Pierce. (Ya’ll settled for PP) Then we traded the Tonka Tractor Traylor for him. So, to the point, we could have had the Truth, we decided on the German. How many times has PP been in the Eastern Finals??? The NBA Finals??? Playoff games won??? I know his supporters aren’t as good as Dirk’s, but Dirk has improved every statistical category in his game every year for the past 8 years. I think we’ll live with the horrible regret of taking Dirk over Truth. Douchebag.

    Comment by trey allmon -

  140. Dan flemming dont ever f-ing compare chris bosh to paul pierce again you f-ing idiot

    Comment by Dennis -

  141. ERIC OWNS SHAQIRA :)))
    Time for Shaq to look to the WNBA…

    GO MAVS!!!!!

    Comment by MFFL # 1 -

  142. Dickey: Yeah, they breed us patient up north. And talkative.

    If you read between the lines, though, you’ll pretty much see that I was saying the same thing to Dennis as you just did.😉

    Comment by Dan Flemming -

  143. Just wanted to drop you a note- I love the energy you bring to the game- My wife and I do not watch any NBA games during the reg.season until playoffs and watching these finals have been awesome-

    Comment by Paul -

  144. Hey Drew Mixon #112, thanks for sharing that video…lol

    MFFL

    Comment by Veronica -

  145. In response to Dan Flemings post.
    Great stuff there. You sure have a great way of pointing out the obvious to Dennis in a very articulate and exact way.
    You must have the patience of Job.

    I was just gonna tell him to F**K OFF!

    PS- When you own a Popeye Jones jersey, you are a MFFL. Nuff said!

    Comment by Dickey in the Desert. -

  146. This comment is not really on Stack per say…its more on the bandwagon jumpers I have been hearing and dealing with the last couple of weeks…and the media is part of it. I live deep south Texas where the only thing rarer than Mavericks fans is water. That is until now. During the grueling 7 game series with San Antonio all I heard from the media and from fans was how “our Spurs” would somehow pull off the comeback and make it to the finals once again. I heard about the whining crying Mavs who won only by flopping and making unfair trips to the foul line. Now, all of a sudden, “our Mavs” are in the finals and just 2 wins away from capturing a the 7th NBA title for the state of Texas. “Our Mavs” are suddenly “our Mavs” to the now, seemingly former Spurs fans. I have lived and died with the Mavs now since the days of Mark Aguirre and Roy Tarpley and these are “my Mavs”…So all fair weather fans who root only for a team when it’s a winner…you will be able to take the rest of the summer off (after about game 5) and wake up sometime around the end of May next year and find out who you will cheering for in the finals. As for me…I will be cheering for my Mavs during, after, and before next years finals (even if they dont make it again…ever {wont happen})!!!
    PS I loved Stack in college, didnt follow his NBA career until he came to Dallas, but man, can this guy take over a game! I think he still needs to learn to pass a little more often, but he is the best post up guy the Mavs have and still can take it strong to the hoop when the situation presents itself. Third in the voting for 6th man of the year…talk about no respect!

    Comment by Michael Hough -

  147. Are you ready for a STACK ATTACK!!!!
    DIOP DIOP DIOP DIOP
    Hey Miami! we’re bringin the broom!!!
    DIRK DIRK DIRK DIRK
    Shaq didn’t show for the press conference…
    Will he show for the series? He hasn’t showed up yet!!

    Comment by Patman -

  148. MAVs need to believe. If they start to focus on other things, media, parade, winning the title, they will lose tonight. As the saying goes “Don’t count your eggs before they hatch”. They just need to focus on their game plan tonight. Take one game at a time. Do not get discourage if they get behind, because the MAVs have proven they can rally back. They have “heart”. When they play tonight, they need to take the ball to the basket. No need for any fancy plays or taking the shot without any execution plan. The HEAT is coming out tonight, and they plan to use their frustration and turn into energy with the home crowd supporting them. The MAVs just need to pick apart their game plan each play at a time, and turn the Heat’s frustration into mistakes. Turnovers will be key in the game. MAVs just need to keep their heads in the game, and not think about the parade. They have two more games they need to win. Take one game at a time. Lets make tonight the 3rd win!!!

    Comment by Jacqueline -

  149. Even though I did this, I have to say it’s pretty darn funny…
    http://farlane.wordpress.com/2006/06/13/nba-comix-meet-the-new-mavs/

    Go Mavs!

    Comment by Andrew -

  150. Dallas in 4. Ive called it all along.

    Comment by Neal B -

  151. The Mavericks should win this series, but keep in mind the next three are in Miami. The Heat are an exceptional home team. I just don’t seen the Heat not at least getting it back to Dallas for game 6.

    Comment by Ron Jumper -

  152. Dan LeBatard, writing in the Miami Herald, has put the Heat’s burden of proof of excellence squarely where it belongs, on Shaq’s shoulders.

    See the URL: http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/14804222.htm

    Evidently, Dan takes no prisoners.

    Comment by Ted Hardin -

  153. no question stack was huge.

    if avery goes to hack a shack all game riley will go with alonzo who in limited minutes was awesome in game 2. since zo can hit his free throws — and is a better defender than shaq — hack a shack may end up hurting the mavs (riley has benched shaq in the last 4 minutes of games all season and playoffs long).

    the beautiful thing about the 2-3-2 format for dallas? winning the first 2 games means even if the heat make a miraculous comeback in this series, they would have to clinch in dallas because there is no game 6 home game like they had against detroit.. that can be demoralizing.

    Comment by db -

  154. Was there a curfew last night?

    http://www.palmbeachpost.com/sports/content/sports/epaper/2006/06/13/m1a_jose_0613.html

    Comment by Dennis Miller -

  155. They sure are proud of those boys out here in North Carolina. Howard and Stackhouse that is. I love the hustle the whole team exhibits. Keep it up and I can be proud of the Mavs for having a class act.

    http://cryptostenchies.com

    Comment by huckit -

  156. The key to game 3 is you just gotta foul Shaq ASAP after the opening tip that way when he misses he will be mentally shaken the rest of the game

    Comment by Eric -

  157. KEY TO GAME 3

    You just gotta foul Shaq ASAP after the opening tip. He is shaken and getting to the foul line right away and missing of course will mess him up the rest of the game.

    E

    Comment by Eric -

  158. Hey Mark,

    I heard you were the most ANNOYING billionaire.
    You feel you’re annoying people, Mark?
    I can’t believe you used to sell garbage bags in Pittsburgh.
    You’ve been in movies, the internet, sports, software…

    I want success. Do you feel you have been successful in your life? Is success about the money? Tell me how to get there.

    Yes, you DO have to play SO much better. Motivate them. Do something.

    Robert

    Comment by Robert -

  159. SHAQ IS OVERRATED, OVERHEATED, AND DEFEATED.

    IT DOES NOT MATTER IF WE PLAY THEM AT HOME, AT THEIR HOME, OR IN ANY ARENA IN THE WORLD. WE WILL CRUSH THEM WITHOUT ANY DOUBT AT ALL.

    IT ALL ENDS JUNE 15, 2006 IN MIAMI.

    DALLAS MAVERICKS – 2006 NBA CHAMPIONS!!!

    Comment by cyrus -

  160. RE: Hornets of OKC…

    Wake up!!! Pinch yourself, you’re dreaming. Are you kidding, the Heat are gonna win the next 4??????????? What series have you been watching up to now? Miami has thrown everything they have at the Mavs. Shaq is 1-18 from the line, had 5 points last night. Dirk has as many points as their 1-2 punch in game 2. The Mavs defense has stymied the Heat. And now that Udonis tried to go for the hard foul and hurt himself (I enjoyed his “gangsta scowl” through the rest of the game) who’s gonna pick up that slack in Game 3? Zo had a good game, problem is, he was the only one. On the good guys side you had several good games. Stack, Dirk, Jet, Jo-Ho, Damp… Heat have no answer. Enjoy games 3 and 4, the Heat are done.

    Comment by trey allmon -

  161. LAST NIGHT WAS MY BIRTHDAY AND THE MAVS MADE ME PROUD WITH YET ANOTHER WIN!!!!!

    I LOVE THIS GAME AND I LOVE THESE BOYS!!!

    KEEP IT UP!! AND MARK– YOU ROCK!

    Comment by tiffany -

  162. FOR ALL MAVS FANS…

    LETS NOT GET TOO LIPPY UNTIL THE JOB IS DONE.
    THEN WE PARADE.

    FOR ALL THE HEAT FANS, ASK YOURSELF THIS ONE QUESTION, ” IN A 5 GAME SERIES, WOULD DALLAS LOSE 4?” – YEAH, JUST LET THAT SINK IN A BIT.

    LETS TAKE JUST A QUICK OR RECENT LOOK AT HISTORY.

    2005-2006 SEASON. MAVS WINS AGAINST THE HEAT= 4
    HEAT WINS AGAINST THE MAVS= 0

    YEP, THAT IS RIGHT – ZERO.

    ENJOY.

    Comment by Dickey in the Desert. -

  163. It’s over. Riley knows it’s over. His face last night when ABC put the camera on him said it all.

    Shaq, you surely were not very ‘pointacious’ last night.

    Comment by Ted Hardin -

  164. What makes the Mav so great in this new NBA era is that the word teamwork means something. This is an age of self-righteous play of individuals who ride on the wave of self promotion to “up” thier stock. Dallas is a team. TEAM!! Yeah Kobe is a good player but who won the MVP former Mav Steve Nash. Why? because he makes the team work together. When Steve was in Dallas he and Dirk used to spend endless nights playing the game to push each other to be better players. They would understand each others movements and compliment them. That’s Passion. Dallas has that. Let’s face it if Dallas was not in the finals people would not take a second look at Dallas (besides Dirk). In game 1 it was the Jet show and in game 2 it was about the motivational lift that Stack brought. Dallas has a deep bench that at any point one of them could on the sportscenter highlight reel. Dirk is awesome don’t get me wrong but each player is actually working like a clock. Extra passes and quick defense transitions. It’s the internal that makes this team the best this year. My wife (now a Mavs fan) said it best when she said “the team that wants it more will always win.” Hopefully sports teams and franchises will come back to playing well with others (lesson from the 1st grade). Mark is a fan and because of that pure motivation (not about the Benjamins) is he a great role model. I heard he donates a matching fine to a charity. Next year will be an age of teamwork as the Mavs as the trendsetter.
    Sam

    Comment by Sam -

  165. I had the privilege of going to a Mavs preseason game when I was in Dallas last fall. I was impressed with the brick exterior of the AAC.

    Now you can put on an addition with all the bricks that Shaq has donated.

    I also want to say, I whis my #1 team (the Cavs) had as great of owner as my #2 team (the Mavs). I love seeing you sitting on the sideliens passionately watching every game and seeing the footage of you out in the community being an every day guy. You’ve done a fantastic job with this franchise and I hope Dan Gilbert learns some things from you.

    Comment by Ross -

  166. If any MAVS player reads this blog, I hope that you will follow this simple list in Miami.

    1. DO NOT PICK UP ANY SKANKS.
    2. BRING YOUR OWN CHEF TO COOK YOUR FOOD.
    3. AVOID SOUTH BEACH AT ALL COSTS.
    4. REPEAT NUMBER 3.
    5. DON’T WATCH SPORTSCENTER OR LISTEN TO HUBIE ” I NEED A DUBIE ” BROWN. WATCHING THAT EAST COAST BIASED BASED NETWORK WILL ONLY LEAD TO MIND NUMBEDNESS.
    6. BELIEVE.

    AND FINALLY, STAY IN THE HOTEL ROOM WITH YOUR FAMILY.

    Comment by Dickey in the Desert. -

  167. Having the right coach makes a difference in a team winning a game. You can have the best players on a team and they are still unable to win the big games. Why? Coaches are key players of the game. Having a coach who knows how to motivate players and who is able to motivate players in believing they can achieve and win games is the key. It is the coach’s job to make sure the players do not lose focus on the game, and to continue to show heart even when the team is down many points. We have seen to be true many times with the MAVs. They would be down 20 points plus, and come from behind to win the game. Staying positive and focusing on the positives is important. If you focusing on the negatives, chances are you will lose the game!! I heard last night that Pat Riley told his team, “everyone on the team is playing the same, bad basketball.” How did that statement help the team? Pat needed to focus on how to motivate the players to play their best game. What he should have stated to the team, “Not sure if you all are aware, but this is not a practice pre-game. This team knows how to quiet a home crowd by playing your best game. Miami Heat deserves to be here and we need to show them why we are in the finals. We have the ability in the second half to take this game away and go home with a tied series.”

    Difference is Avery seems to be a coach that does not focus on what they are doing wrong,the negatives, but rather what the team players are learning from the game, how they could improve thier game, and modify it as they play the game. Focus on what is working not on what is not working. We have seen how Avery modifies the game plan before and during the game which is key. The Mav players understand and believe in Avery’s gameplan.

    The Mavs players played their very best last night, and a lot of credit goes to the coaches, especially the head coach, Avery. The Mavs showed last night they believe in themselves despite not having any NBA finals experience. The Mavs need to stay focus. Miami Heat will be playing at home, so the Mavs will not have the home crowd. MAVs just need to stay focus, play the basketball game they have played all year long. Continue to show strength and confidence that the MAVs are the best of the NBA. It is great to see a basketball team play great together.

    GO MAVS!!!!

    Thanks AVERY for taking the team to the next
    level!!!!!

    It shows and the team and the city believes!!!!

    Comment by Jacqueline -

  168. By the way:
    Shaq talking down on Damp – 20 seconds of air time
    Damp containing Shaq in game 2 – 20.5 min
    Seeing him “speachless” – $10,000

    P.S. I like Shaq. He is a good guy. Very nice and generous. The word “humbelness” doesn’t come to mind though.

    Comment by Sam -

  169. Great job by the Mavs so far!!

    But just remember Wayne Gretzky’s great quote about the playoffs.

    “A series doesn’t truly begin until a home team loses a game.”

    Comment by DB -

  170. How about a video/song remake that starts off with Shaq’s “Erika” remark, then bust into Toby Keith’s “How do You Like Me Now”? Redo the words appropriately and show a constantly frustrated Shaq being dominated in the paint! Would bring down the roof at American Airlines!… Shaq was the 3rd best center playing in game 2.

    One more thing… Thanks Mark for all you have done for Dallas fans and for the NBA!

    Comment by Robert -

  171. What makes the Mav so great in this new NBA era is that the word teamwork means something. This is an age of self-righteous play of individuals who ride on the wave of self promotion to “up” thier stock. Dallas is a team. TEAM!! Yeah Kobe is a good player but who won the MVP former Mav Steve Nash. Why? because he makes the team work together. When Steve was in Dallas he and Dirk used to spend endless nights playing the game to push each other to be better players. They would understand each others movements and compliment them. That’s Passion. Dallas has that. Let’s face it if Dallas was not in the finals people would not take a second look at Dallas (besides Dirk). In game 1 it was the Jet show and in game 2 it was about the motivational lift that Stack brought. Dallas has a deep bench that at any point one of them could on the sportscenter highlight reel. Dirk is awesome don’t get me wrong but each player is actually working like a clock. Extra passes and quick defense transitions. It’s the internal that makes this team the best this year. My wife (now a Mavs fan) said it best when she said “the team that wants it more will always win.” Hopefully sports teams and franchises will come back to playing well with others (lesson from the 1st grade). Mark is a fan and because of that pure motivation (not about the Benjamins) is he a great role model. I heard he donates a matching fine to a charity. Next year will be an age of teamwork as the Mavs as the trendsetter.
    Sam

    Comment by Sam -

  172. The Championship was won in the second round. I hate that were not coming back to AAC but I was at game 1 and thats good enough for me.

    -To the media, I hate all coverage of the mavericks on any station. Get some new commentators, not ones that always pick the other team to win unless the mavericks are spanking them. Mark how about an online mavericks channel where the commentators are MFFL? Then I can get mad at the game and not what the commentators say. (just observation from all season)

    -And to anyone talking crap about any mavs player, Is your team going to win the championship?

    One more thing Mark, should I get a custom cuban jersey or one that is number 06 with Champions on the back?

    -MFFL

    Comment by Mark D. -

  173. Man, I have to hand it to you; this team is playing some great ball. I’m a Pistons fan (from the other big “D”), and what I wouldn’t have given to see the Pistons and the Mavs play each other. Now *that* would have been a series!

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  174. Last night was so dizope i really can’t wait till the NBA gives The Mav’s the respect they deserve cause they do. Shut down Shaq Fu man it was beautiful

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  175. Nowitzki, Terry, Stack, which player has been doing the best in the first 2 games for the Mavs?? I believe its Antwoin Walker…haha

    Comment by Beau -

  176. Key for the Mav’s now will be to win Game 3 at ALL Cost. No way can they let up and assume the series will finish in Dallas. Knock out punch in Game 3. Shaq is pointing fingers at everyone and we all know what Payton is doing in the locker room about now. Time is the only enemy for the Mav’s. Riley will stir the sports writers to show the Heat are worthless and dead. He is a master of the game…..

    Current and Former Showtime Fanatic….

    Steve

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  177. Miami shouldn’t worry about any hurricanes coming their way. They can rebuild in no time because the have the BEST and the BIGGEST bricklayer in the country. Just clunk it Shaq!

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  178. Go Mavs!!!
    Go Mavs!!!
    Go Mavs!!!

    Comment by Kris -

  179. I am totally awestruck by the way this team has played this season! There is some true chemistry between these players, and Avery cannot be commended enough for pushing them to the next level. It seems like, in the last 5-6 years when they made it to the playoffs and got beat by the Spurs, Suns, or Kings, something was missing that kept them from reaching the next level. Not anymore! I cannot be happier for these players, the coaches, and Mark. GO MAVS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Jill -

  180. Great job Mavs! Half way there.

    Hey Mark, you might have to change that game 7 free tickets for game 4. If the Mavs go up 3-0 then if would be sweet to snag all those available Heat tickets (if any left) and give ’em to Mavs’ fans. Can you imagine peppering the Hot White Heat crowd with Green and Blue?

    Reminder for Eric Dampier: Remember, Shaq called you “ERICA, the second best center in the WNBA”!

    For all you guys out there complaining that the game is not as exciting compared to the Spurs and Suns series. Don’t care. As long as the Mavs completely dominate Shaq, that’s exciting for me. Let me remind you that he used to posterize (albeit with Stickman Shawn) the Mavs then talk smack about it. I like Shaq but it’s nice to turn the table on him every now and then. Make him eat his words and his promise to Miami to deliver a championship there.

    PS: Avery, please do something about those 19 TOs.

    Comment by Texaspeklat -

  181. Game 2 was my first (and probably only) NBA Finals game. I had a wonderful time, even with some well-behaved but misguided Heat fans behind me. Mark, great job with the franchise. You’re a media whore and cashcow in fines for the league. The perfect owner! Avery…AMAZING. What a disciplined and tenacious coach. A Mav would NEVER get away with 1-7 FT shooting.

    I believe

    Comment by Mike -

  182. Strategy is simple. Give the ball to Terry, Josh, Dirk or Stack. And keep hacking Shaq. The self-proclaimed “best 34 year old in the league” can make babies (hell he got about 6 of ’em) but he can’t BUY or MAKE a free throw. It’s called the charity stripe for a reason. Keep sending his no talent having butt to the stripe and it’s charity and victory ALL THE WAY FOR DALLAS. GO MAVS!!

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  183. Dan, I know this is off topic, but how can you say Joe Dumars made the wrong move in getting rid of Carlisle and Stack, it led to a few finals appearances, and a championship. As Mark probably knows, to get to teh top you have to make hard decisions, and that’s what Joe D did.

    Comment by Shauli -

  184. Congrats Mavs. I love it. Click on the link below for some highlights of game two! The thrid slideshow in the series. This is great. I want to see all the Mavs fans come alive! Lets take this thing.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0KNgYMVVE0

    Comment by Jeff Cassidy -

  185. MAVS – 99
    SAHQ – 5

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Comment by Jamey -

  186. Does Stack regularly fall after taking 3’s to get the ref’s attention? The call on Wade in the second was questionable (no touch by my view). I think Stack trained with Vlade to be the best flopper he can be.

    I look forward to Miami winning the next three and then coming to Dallas to collect the gold hardware.

    I also look forward to next season when CP3 and the Hornets will look to avenge home losses.

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  187. Shuq Faq.

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  188. Harris needs to find that confidence. He’s played differently the past two games. Everyone else sees the full potential except him. He hesitated a few times when he had open shots. What has him is all psychological. He’s in the NBA FINALS. He needs to just get back to ballin’.
    Good job shutting Shaq down though. Hope it keeps up, because the refs on his home turf don’t seem to call many of the elbows.

    Comment by Tori -

  189. “Eminence front – It’s a put on. Come on join the party Dress to kill Won’t you come and join the party Dress to kill.”
    THE MAVS PLAYERS DID THEIR JOB AS WHAT THE INTRO SONG SUGGEST DURING THE MAVS PLAYER INTRO. PERFECT KILLER MOTIVATOR…

    Comment by moly -

  190. The NBA owe’s you an overwhelming thank you. I’m not in Dallas anymore, but … root for the Mav’s and a fan’s, player’s and coaches owner. It is about marketing, sometimes the NBA must forget it’s market.

    Comment by John -

  191. Mr. Cuban,
    I absolutely have to commend you for the great work you and Avery have done with the Mavs. I’m from Massachusetts, a longtime Lakers fan, and new Dallas Mavericks fan. I personally didn’t think the Mavs were a very strong team
    a few years ago but you’ve got my attention now.

    I’m definitely rooting for you all to send Shaq and the Heat packing into retirement. I would love to bring out the “broom” when the Mavs sweep the Heat (my husband is a Heat fan so I meant that literally).

    You are, by far, the most entertaining and dedicated owner in the NBA. I wish you the best. You will be the champs this year. You deserve it!

    GO MAVS! Let’s close out on their home floor so it really hurts.

    Comment by East Coast Jessie -

  192. Hey, I discovered after the game last night why STACK was so flawless at the end of the half… Check out the movie “Primer” (Netflix). Geeez!! There may be more than one of him!?? If the Blazers can just get the other one to sign….Maybe we’ll have a chance?? Hmmmm…. maybe there’s more than one of Cuban too….

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  193. looks like the Heat players can’t match up with the Mavs stop & go speed tempo. Shaq no wayde = NO way to even see the basket at all.
    See the MAVS back from Miami with the trophy.

    Comment by moly -

  194. Mr. Cuban,
    I absolutely have to commend you for the great work you and Avery have done with the Mavs. I’m from Massachusetts, a longtime Lakers fan, and new Dallas Mavericks fan. I personally didn’t think the Mavs were a very strong team
    a few years ago but you’ve got my attention now.

    I’m definitely rooting for you all to send Shaq and the Heat packing into retirement. I would love to bring out the “broom” when the Mavs sweep the Heat (my husband is a Heat fan so I meant that literally).

    You are, by far, the most entertaining and dedicated owner in the NBA. I wish you the best. You will be the champs this year. You deserve it!

    GO MAVS! Let’s close out on their home floor so it really hurts.

    Comment by East Coast Jessie -

  195. Im glad the Mavs are winning… just wish they wouldnt make the game so boring to watch. This series is not as fun or entertaining as the Spurs, vs Mavs match up.. That was fun.

    Comment by Dion -

  196. I wanted to let you know how disappointed I was with the Mavericks pregame introduction/festivities. Poor choice of music, poor choice of pyro, I think you should invest a little more time/money into making this better for the fans of Dallas/the rest of country/world watching. Its 2006 update the music, and effects.

    Comment by Jeff Tebbe -

  197. WOW!!!!!!! From a die-hard Heat fan the Mavs have completely throttled the Heat… Thank goodness we get to come home and enjoy the confinds of South Beach… I hope the Mavs enjoy a different sort of South Beach… from my perspective it’s the only way were going to be able to close the gap. Congratulations on your first two well deserved wins.

    Comment by Dennis Miller -

  198. congrats! it looks like its thier series to win…

    Comment by architect -

  199. congrats! looks like its all in the hands of the mavs…

    Comment by architect -

  200. I guess if the Heat can’t show up then they need to be swept.

    http://cryptostenchies.com

    Comment by huckit -

  201. Thats what I’m talking about. Just one thing that I have a bad feeling about right now, I know you guys are up 2-0 but I think this is the time to be the most nervous. Sometimes teams react better when their backs are against a wall and your playing against one of the greatest coaches and players of all time. And D-Wade can turn a game around and thus a series, Coach Johnson NEEDS to add additional pressure to Dirk and company and step it up. Would love to see you guys sweep the series at least. Good luck in Miami, just like their driving, they can be very very dangerous.

    Comment by Mad Maximus -

  202. OMG! Stack was on FIRE!!!!!!! The entire team was!! GO MAVS!!! Loved watching the game. Loved watching the Miami media thins morning pout!!!

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  203. Mav’s are the most humble of NBA teams, most of the time this attitude would not get a team to the finals, but we have prouded that nice guys can finish first. Mav’s keep believing and keep playing to win. Great job Coach, excellant.
    PRESS ON MAVS!!!

    Comment by Stevie D. -

  204. Great win, we watched it all the way over here in Thailand! Really impressive finals performance over the Heat. Congrats! -Thai uni girl-

    Comment by Gwang -

  205. I hope Miami can make this a good series. I kind of knew that Dallas was going to win this series just because of how easily Dallas beat Miami in the Regular season but I was hoping to see a good 7 game series. Not a blowout where Wade and Shaq look bad. Not all this complaining by Shaq and Wade.

    They are really taking themselves out of the game and I think it’s going to stain Shaq’s legacy for a long time if they get swept.

    Looking on the bright side, Avery Johnson and Cuban are both good guys. Avery Johnson really worked hard to get where he is today and I’m glad that he was able to do so well after Don Nelson left him the Team.

    Cuban is a real fan of basketball and this will show that an owner who is a real fan of the game is better than just a corporate suit looking to cash in.

    He’s “New Money”! That’s why they don’t like him but this is his year and they can’t keep Cuban down.

    Comment by Jamesbriggstown -

  206. 2 down 2 to go!!! Although I know the Mavs will win this series, we have to get tougher on their home court. Stack was awesome last night, he is my favorite Mav.
    I have been disapointed in ABC hosting the finals. Last night no sound from the last half of the 4th quarter and shots out of focus!
    The commentators suck! GO MAVS!

    Comment by ginger -

  207. Great game. Love to see you guys sticking it to Pat “The Assassin” Riley. Dirk probably shouldn’t make fun of Shaq like that though…
    http://farlane.wordpress.com/2006/06/12/nba-comix-backing-up-big-diesel/

    Comment by Andrew -

  208. 加油小牛!
    加油。库班大哥。
    小牛夺冠的话请我吃饭吧。哈哈。

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