Dang its humid…

I promise never to complain about the weather in Dallas again. Dang. This must be the opposite of a dry heat. I l ove Miami. Have a condo here. Love to visit. BUt i prefer not to have to swim through humidity !

Any, game time countdown 3 hours and counting. Wont be able to blog during the game, Im not going to bring a laptop to the arena. I will bring my new sidekick 3. Got an early edition. I love to play with new toys, and this one is off to a great start. Its also a great way to make the time till tip off go faster. Otherwise I would go crazy.

YOu want to say that this is a huge game tonight. But why. EVERY game in the finals is huge. HUGE HUGE HUGE.

THey are going to come out playing out of their minds. The crowd is going to be nuts. We have to be able to take the early barrage of punchs.

GO MAVS !

353 thoughts on “Dang its humid…

  1. Bueno.. (Oh well) Apparently you mavs are not humble at all… Don’t take it too seriously..being passionate is one thing but ya’ll cowboys are obsessed.. I just wanted to share a though about how the Miami community feels about Mark Cuban. http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c199/biancaxmd/marknotwelcomed.gif

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  2. Wades 42 points is obviously the exception and not the norm. Wade won this game for the heat plain and simple. The possibility of Wade doing that again is very very slim. Wade carried the dead weight to the end and managed to limp over the mavericks by two points. Yes, LIMP! Name anybody on the Heat that put in a considerable contribution to overcome the mavericks. NADA! WOW, shaq hit his free throws?! OOHHH! Again, the exception not the norm. This game was in the mavericks favor and Wade decided to wake up and take the reigns….if you think a repeat of game 3 will happen again ….you better think again!

    Go MAVS!

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  3. great game last night, I still believe the Mavs are in great shape. We took the best punch the Heat can offer and only last at the end by 2. The Mavs still haven’t peaked this series. Wish you guys and the best and bring home the Championship!!!!!!

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  4. last nights game was great. I was disappointed that the MAVS lost. Hang in there and we all will get through this. We just have to take it one game at a time. GO MAVS

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  5. Mark,

    Enjoy South beach on your day off.. Have a great dinner at The Forge tonight. Then regroup and win tommmorow.

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  6. If the Mavs take at least one game in Miami, they will win this series. Hopefully the “hometown” officials won’t effect the game. A bunch of stooges running that game….pissing me off to no end. Dirk was freakin mugged at the end and then they called that bullshit foul on Terry. What a joke.

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  7. Went to bed bothered. Woke up in the middle of the night upset about the loss. This morning I was still really bummed. I grew up watching the Dallas Cowboys, not the Dallas Mavericks. But my passion for the Mavericks is equal with the Cowboys now. I take these losses hard. They really get me down. By the way, the Heat announcer is the worst announcer I have ever heard. He totally over does it with his announcing! I am ready to be back home but I think we will win the series while in Miami. We got pick ourselves up and show them who’s boss. Everything’s better in Texas, including Basketball. Soon we will be wrapped up in football and Terrell Owens.

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  8. Went to bed bothered. Woke up in the middle of the night upset about the loss. This morning I was still really bummed. I grew up watching the Dallas Cowboys, not the Dallas Mavericks. But my passion for the Mavericks is equal with the Cowboys now. I take these losses hard. They really get me down. By the way, the Heat announcer is the worst announcer I have ever heard. He totally over does it with his announcing! I am ready to be back home but I think we will win the series while in Miami. We got pick ourselves up and show them who’s boss. Everything’s better in Texas, including Basketball. Soon we will be wrapped up in football and Terrell Owens.

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  9. If you want to vent about game or have comments on last night, Check out Sports De Dallas. Writers Wanted.

    http://sportsdedallas.blogspot.com

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  10. One game, one game must I remind you it is one game. Heat fans come back and talk smack when you can do it 2-3 times in a row. Of course we all know the Heat stood a greater than not chance of winning. After getting embarassed for two games in a row and finally getting to go back and play for your home crowd they should have won! No matter what the gold is coming home to Dallas! Better luck next year oh wait, you have alot of aging players on your team so most might not make it back in 07!🙂

    Oh and about Mark at least we have an owner that gives a rats ass about his team and fans. Who is your owner? That’s what I thought nobody knows or has heard of him. Cheers!

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  11. Turns out it was the *late* punches, not the *early* punches, that were the problem.

    The difference maker may have been the time-out AJ *didn’t* call during the Heat’s last run.

    Still, it was a good fight. The Mavs are the better team, and they’ll take the Heat down. Split 4 and 5, then get it done at home in 6 – the Mav’s fans deserve it.

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  12. In the NBA playoffs…every game is its own entity. Momentum from one game to the next is over rated. My guess is that in the next game, there will be runs by the Mavs and runs by the Heat. The Heat have had few answers for the Mavs thus far. The Mavs have had answers for everything Miami has done. If D Wade is able to sustain the performance he had the other night for the rest of the series, then the guy deserves to win it all. He cant though. He will wear down. Mavs in 5 or 6. Mark, dont worry about your tickets lottery…you wont have a game 7.

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  13. Dirk was SO FOULED on that strip/layup. Mark, please don’t get fined again. I said it for you.

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  14. Can not believe ABC show the world how could offical alter the result of a NBA game. Heat has one or two extra roster on the list, this is why they won. (This is not only my opinion, I got it from the message board from the country outside of US)

    Mavs shall prove to the world that “The championship heart of Mavs and Mavs fans can not be altered by the offical!!!! in game 4”

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  15. It’s easy to see Wade and company will be driving to the basket now. The defense must adjust by providing help when Wade has the ball.

    It seems our slow down game works against us because we don’t drive to the basket when the time is up on the shot clock. We simply hold the ball outside then attempt to throw up some outside shot. Poor time and ball management when we have the lead.

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  16. Comming out of the woodwork?

    In the words of Scottie Pippen 6 Time NBA CHAMP…”A series really doesn’t begin until a game has been played on both home courts”.

    So…LET THE SERIES BEGIN!!!

    I love how our Miami City Mayor sent the Coast Guard out to make Mark Cuban take a Go Mavs banner off of his rented Yacht sailing around the arena. They should have just sank it!

    Heat had 20 Turnovers in game 3. Those or things that can be resolved from watching film. Being out hustled on the boards is something that can not be resolved with watching film. Dallas has been out rebouned 2 times during the playoffs. Both by the HEAT.

    Oh and I wonder why Mark Cuban doesn’t post anything up as quickly as he did in the first 2 games. There is internet connection in all arenas if I am correct.

    LETS GO HEAT!!!!!

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  17. Come on guys grow up….whats over is over…It would have been gr8 to go 3-0….but not all is lost….This one was an eye opener…We’ll come back strong….GO MAVS!!!

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  18. Heat can’t keep up with the Mavs for a whole series. GO MAVS!!!

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  19. Unreal last night, Shaq made his free throws?! Wow, just think if he had gone 0-6. Instead, Shaq came through for the team, 4-6. What ultimately won the game was foul shots were made by Miami and Dallas started celebrating too early with a 13 point lead, and started playing conservative to run out the clock. Most of the shots attempted were at the buzzer. They were hurried shots, rather than just taking the ball to the hoop. Run the clock out when there is 2 minutes to play, not 4-5 minutes left to play. As the saying goes ” Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.” MAVs stay focus and play every minute of the game. Last night, Miami showed they had “heart”. I know the Dallas MAVs have “heart” too. Stick to the gameplan. Focus on the short-term goal, win the next game on Thursday! The short-term goal needs to be achieved, in order for the MAVs to reach their long-term goal. So FOCUS on the SHORT-TERM GOAL!!!

    On Thursday MAVs, play your game and quiet that arena. Thursday will be a new game, and it is yours game to win.

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  20. I am a heat fan. I cant believe you let this one get away. Leaving Wade open for jumpers at the end of the game. Crazy. Kinda like how the heat were leaving Jet open for jumpers.

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  21. Oh wow! Look at the Heat fans coming out of the woodwork. They get a 1 to replace that 0 and now they’re the world champs huh? Just can’t seem to get those feet in your mouths fast enough.

    Looking forward to a Championship in Dallas and and showing Miami what happens when we decide to pull out our “A Game” .

    GO MAVS!

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  22. Hey Dennis post #61

    SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!! your bad comments!!!!! look in the mirror….

    Mark will never regret trading Antoine Walker, he’s got the Dreamteam right now!!! Why would he want whinebag walker back??

    Way to go Mavericks…..and get game 4 !!!
    GO MARK !!

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  23. Hey Mark–

    Watched the game at a buddy’s house last night..tough loss. Along with the Pirates losing another 1 run game I had a pretty bad sports night yesterday. So when will I be able to have my 2 favorite teams in their respective sports be owned by the best owner in all of sports?? Hope you write out that check to Kevin McClatchy and get us a winning baseball team in pittsburgh soon, we’ve been waiting a while..

    Go MAvs!!

    –Andrew

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  24. Can’t understand why Mavs let one man beat them in the 4th quarter that has five fouls on him. (Wade) Make him play defense by going right at him on bad knee and you either score or get him to foul out. Sounds simple anyway!

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  25. TCz…Please be more original with your posts, come on, no win ski was played out his 3rd year in the league. As far as the Heat in 7, good luck with that. Your coach deserves to be humiliated on a national stage for the B.S. he pulled with Stan Van Gundy. What a p.o.s. Ya’ll played a good game last night though. But come on, you think that was Shaq???? Hell, he almost got outplayed by Dampier again. It was all Wade and that Alien head Walker.

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  26. If anyone want’s to complain about refs, it should be the Spurs, who says that the refs are not going to let a foul decide a series??? A foul is a foul is a foul….etc. As I have said before, keep on paying who ever it is that you are paying, and I hope that you feel good if you have a title that you don’t deserve!

    GO HEAT!!!

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  27. LET THE SERIES BEGIN!!!!

    DIRK 2 MISSED FREE THROWS (lost the game)
    SHAQ 2 MISSED FREE THROWS (won the game)

    I love when the shoe is on the other foot. Man didn’t Dirk get his teeth fixed? Is a Maverick a horse? If so I guess DIRK is the team mascot!

    LET’s GO HEAT!!!

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  28. I’d like to say eventhough I am a HEAT fan that I think it is great that you have so much interaction with the fans through your blog. You really appear to love the game and enjoy it just like Mickey Arrison.

    I also wanted to ask you what your perspective was of the energy that filled the American Airlines arena last night from an outsider’s point of view? I was not fortunate to go to the game but, watched the entire game and am continuously astounded by Dwayne Wade. He is truly something special.

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  29. I don’t think most Miami fans (which I am one of) will claim that the Heat are a better team. We are mismatched all the way – ya’ll are too quick and too deep for us most of the time. But come on, you guys are starting to sound like Detroit here with all the reffing complaints. Shit happens, refs are human. Almost every single call in every single game can be questioned by either side. Reffing error is just part of the game. It helped us last night, it’ll probably hurt us tomorrow night, that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

    Thursday…it’s on!

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  30. PS Actually I was responding to post 173…sorry.

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  31. Couldnt help myself…just had to respond to post 172…HUH??? Joe Dumars should get some credit…He took the Pistons out of mediocrity and turned them into perinial contenders. As for spending money on superstars…well if that one player can make other players around him better then he is worth it. Case in point Labron James…I’d spend every bit of my cap room on him because he is that caliber of player…Good point however about Van Horn…Useless, worhtless, hapless are the three words that describe him best. His occassional (rare) trey cannot come close to his lack of intensity and defensive liability. And if, like last night, he misses everything he throws up, then he has no point even being on the Mavs sideline. Speaking of throwing up, that’s what I wanted to do while watching the Mavs unravel on “D” in the last 6 minutes of last night’s game.

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  32. Post #167

    You also forgot his nearly 14 plus million dollar a year contract. It’s so sad how stupid these GM’s are. What could you possibly see in his game to justify that much of your cap for. of course, the cap is a joke anyway, but you could an actual superstar for that money or about 4 good role players.

    Most NBA GM’s are just ex-players that played when sports didn’t count anyway back in the 70’s. Why put “ex-athletes” ibn business positions. Just asinine. Isiah proves that one. Joe Dumars gets waaay to much credit. if he could have taken Wade or even Bosh, the pistons woul be playing now.

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  33. Ok…You want to talk about officiating!!! Let’s take a look at some film. Clip one…Alonzo Mourning tipping Jason Terry’s shot while still on the rim and no goal tending being called. Clip 2…Shaq with both arms completely extended while pushing Dampier through and out the other side of the key to secure a rebound. Clip 3…Shaq sliding under Josh Howard while Josh drives to the hoop then taking a tumble to the ground ala Manu (as if Josh Howard could take Shaq to the carpet). Clips 4, 5, 6…etc. Dirk driving the lane and being hammered without so much as an errant whistle. Wade shot only 8 fewer free throws than the entire Mavs team shot. So I dont want to hear how the refs win games for the Mavs. The Mavs have battled inept officiating all season and last night was no exception. Jack Neis needs a good seeing eye dog and Danny Crawford needs to write fiction with his wonderful imaginationn and where was Ken Mauer and did he ever blow his whistle? Nuf said.

    Last comment…can we get the cartoon network to air next years finals…ABC’s coverage stinks. The camera angles are atrocious, picture quality is like watching 70’s TV, and the commentators are – well – let’s just say stupid. Sometimes you wonder if they are watching the same game! TNT did a far better job and Ernie and crew at least know something about basketball and are very entertaining. ABC needs to get its act together point blank!!!

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  34. I watched game 3 in the AAC with all the other screaming fans. It was fantastic (except for the technical glitch with one of the big screens in the second half). Thurday will be even better when we move one step closer to victory.

    Go MAVS!! We’d love to see you win it at home so we can celebrate with you, but if you win it in 5, we’ll yell loud enough for you to hear us in Florida!!

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  35. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MKuBa1JI9E

    Looks like the got lucky. GO Mavs!!!!!!!! watch above.

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  36. Mark – the arena was great last night – thanks for the idea. We have tickets for tomorrow night and will be there Sunday, too.

    All I wanted to hear someone say (and I heard it on a clip from Dirk this morning) was “WE NEED TO IMPROVE OUR REBOUNDING!” My group all lost our voices screaming at the Jumbotrons when there were 4 Heat players under our net to rebound – and none of the Mavericks! The best of the game was Q3 – and that was when we played consistently, REBOUNDED, and pulled ahead.

    Go MAVS! We’re with you. And we are not just fair-weather fans, nor crying about the other team and their breaks. WE MAKE IT HAPPEN °O°

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  37. DALLAS NO-WIN-SKI

    Shaq is going straight back to his KAZAAM days when he lays down his wonder and majesty, pulls out a few magic tricks, and KAZAAM! Another Heatian victory! Heat in 7. Don’t cry too hard when it happens.

    DALLAS NO-WIN-SKI

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  38. Please keep Keith Van Horn glued to the bench. 0-2 from the field, 2 turnovers, 2 fouls, and zero defense in game 3. He plays with no confidence and is a liability on the court.

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  39. Enjoyed the game.

    If only Dirk could have cashed in on both of those free throws at the end. I have a feeling he was looking at the David Hasselhoff poster that one of the fans brought to the game. There is something that Germans have for David. Oh well, better luck next time.

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  40. LETS GO HEAT!!!!

    THIS WILL BE A HARD ONE TO SWALLOW FOR THE MAVS.

    SPEAKING OF SWALLOW. IS DIRK STILL LISTENING TO DAVID HASSELHOFF MUSIC WHILE SHOOTING FREE THROWS?

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  41. Shaq looked better than he did in Dallas but the age is getting to him…What was up with the crowd all being in the KKK? And the guy with the two flags at the beginning?? (yawn) Anyhoo, I will wear my 2005 NBA Spurs Championship tshirt for the next game, seems like everytime I wear it Dallas wins….go figure.

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  42. Please stop blaming the Ref’s for everything people. It’s really bad form. If the Ref’s lost us(the Mavs) this game, which calls specifically were wrong? The foul against Shaq when he didn’t even touch Dirk comes to mind. I thought Haslem fouled Dirk when he made that steal towards the end of the game. So yeah, there were a couple of questionable calls. Did Dirk not have a chance to tie it up with a free throw at the end? The Mavs had a chance to win, they just didn’t execute at the end, and they had no answer for D-Wade. They’ll try again tomorrow.

    As for the Dan Crawford conspiracy theories. Here are the playoff results of years past when Crawford was the ref:

    -result-opponent-note-
    -W-Utah-1st playoff w in a decade-
    -L-SanAnton-Mavs 36% from field-
    -L-Sac-gave up too many layups-
    -L-Portland-Mavs 37% from field-
    -L-Sac-gave up too many layups-
    -L-Sac-gave up too many layups-
    -L-SanAnton-Spurs were way better-
    -L-Sac-shot 34% from field-
    -L-Hou-Didn’t contest McGrady shot-
    -L-Pho-Suns shot 54% from 3pt-

    So yes, we were 1 – 10 in playoff games where Dan Crawford officiated. But there were many factors involved in those games besides the officials. For instance, in 2001, the Spurs were a much better team, and the Mavs choked(Finley was 1 – 17 shooting, the team was 0 – 11 from 3pt). In 2002 against Sac, our defense was more open than the Grand Canyon. We didn’t contest their layups, they got everything easy to the basket. That was why we lost(and that was the common element for the whole series, Dan Crawford officiated one game, we lost four, it was our lack of defense). If any games had questionable officiating, it was probably in 2003. Against Portland(in the game Dan Crawford called), Portland shot 42 FT to our 13. Bias? Maybe. Or maybe Portland, with Rasheed Wallace and company, took the ball to the basket more, and we settled for jumpshots. I don’t know.

    My point is, the whole 1-10 when Danny Crawford calls a game doesn’t mean anything. One has to consider that several of those games were against superior opponents, and, we often didn’t play any defense to speak of.

    So if the Ref’s cost us last night’s game, again, which calls, specifically, did Dan Crawford make which changed the game? Did Dan Crawford score any of Wade’s 42 pts? Did he shake the rim to knock the ball out of the basket on Dirk’s missed free throw? Did he cause Dirk and Stack to miss shots early?

    Btw, the game where Dallas blew out Phoenix, Dan Crawford was the ref. What’s the explanation there, David Stern’s check didn’t clear, so Crawford gave the game to the Mavs? Or maybe we just played better…

    Really, this complaining about the Ref’s just makes me sick, makes me want to stop watching the games at all. It used to be fun, now it’s all about pointing fingers.

    And on an unrelated note, when the Mavs are holding that championship trophy, please, somebody, anybody, thank Nellie, and point out to the world that there is NO way in hell the Mavs would be in this position were it not for Don Nelson. Maybe Nelson wasn’t the guy to get us over the top, but he sure as hell was the guy to take a team with absolutely no hope whatsoever, and build it into a contender. Without Nellie we don’t draft Dirk. Think where we’d be if we’d followed conventional wisdom and drafted Paul Pierce, or worse, kept Tractor Traylor. Anybody see the Celtics play this year? That could have been us if we’d taken Paul Pierce.

    So please, even if Cuban can’t swallow his ego to do it, Del Harris, or Avery, somebody thank Nellie for getting all of you to this point. It’s only fair. Do the Right Thing. That’s it. I got it. I’m gone.

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  43. Tough break in last night’s game. It was great game to watch, tho. I love those games with the suspense right down to the wire. That was 2 great teams of players giving it their all.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the humidity played a major factor, too. It takes some getting used to. I lived in Dallas for 25 years and relocated to Corpus Christi and the humidity really does take some getting used to.

    Thanks for making it so much fun to watch! It wouldn’t be fun if there was no contest.

    Best of luck in the next game. I’ll be rooting for you. Mark Cuban, you are one of the people I really admire. You’ve put your money where your mouth is and I respect that!

    warm regards,

    alma squillante
    (ps…if you ever need a female singer, lemme know…I’d love to work for you. And please forgive that I couldn’t resist the opportunity to present myself.)

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  44. I had a feeling we’d win in 5 games! Go Mavs! So the Heat won…even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while!

    Love my Mavs!!

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  45. Forget the ref’s, yeah they sucked, but it’s not all their fault. We lost the game by getting cocky…

    After Miami has led the whole game and is having a good night (probably the best we will see from them), why do you go into “protect” mode!? C’mon, 13 points up, 6 minutes left, why try to protect that lead – keep adding to it and get another 20+ lead. That gets Miami frustrated and off their game, and Shaq will have to sit down since he can keep up with the fast pace. Could have even made DWade get the last foul…

    I want to see us blow the shit out of them for the next two games and lets come home for the pre-planned parade (don’t get me started there).

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  46. That was a steal? Haslem manhandles Dirk’s arm and that’s a steal? Then he goes down the court and Terry hits more of the ball than Udonis did with Dirk, and THAT’S a foul??

    I expect refs to blow calls but that one turned the game. It was huge and it was so obviously a reach. Scratch that, it wasn’t a reach it was a mauling.

    Otherwise mavs had a chance and they blew it..it’s only one game. It wasn’t much of a win. I sure wouldn’t hang my hat on it if I was a Heat fan.

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  47. Hey Mark, when are you going to bring some of that Maverick magic back to Pittsburgh? Pirate’s fans are desperately waiting!!
    GO Mav’s !

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  48. You would think with all the humidity in Florida that Shaq would have an easier time keeping his weight down.

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  49. Hey Kevin-

    I believe you’re the one who’s high. The refereeing in the Spurs-Mavericks series was absurd. I don’t like either team, but it was fun to watch. It was obvious in games 3 and 4 that the officiating was horrible. You can believe what you want, but I know and so do the columnists watching the game what they saw. You’re dilusional, and it’s showing.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=bayless/060519

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  50. Hey Mark – I really enjoy your BLOG page, and I LOVE the MAVS. You already have a SKIII? *sigh* Glad to hear someone has one, I guess. GO MAVS!!

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  51. Hey Dylan-

    The “refs won” the SA series for us? Are you high? The Mavs were called for a LOT more fouls than the Spurs in that series, and couldn’t catch a break in Game 7 from the refs. At one point in Game 7, Little Timmy had shot three times as many free throws as the ENTIRE MAVS TEAM! Yes, you MUST be high–or just completely stupid. BTW, check out the Mavs’ playoff record with Dan Crawford. The facts don’t lie.

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  52. we’re gonna win this game! i bet it would be 4-1!

    gO mavs! go dirk and josh!

    terry and stack

    bring home the trophy not later than dirk’s b day!

    dirk will explode to the next two games….

    advance happy b day dirk!

    we love you!

    GO MAVS! GO MARK!!!!

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  53. one game and only one game. that’s why it’s the best of 7.

    Go MAVS!

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  54. A very tough loss for the mavericks.Up 13 with less than 7 minutes left.Look for a great game on
    thursday.Wade was unstoppable.

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  55. I’m glad we know who the refs want to win the series now, calls in the 4th quarter run by the heat helped them out, hell it gave them the game, MARK you gotta get fined and CALL OUT THE OFFICALS

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  56. antoine walker will be the finals mvp

    Comment by Dennis -

  57. Perhaps a little quick to secure the clock, we were running like the bulls, crashing and banging the Heat like cold water, then we went into half court offense, slowed the game missed some shots, took some calls and lost by 2. WE CAN DO BETTER!
    Iwould love to see this thing won in dallas, but we must all sacrific.

    Now go get our CHAMPIONSHIP,

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  58. Let me get this straight– all you Mavs fans complain about the refereeing, EVEN when Dirk gets some of the most absurd calls I have ever seen (cut to Shaq not touching him but getting called for a foul)… yet in the Spurs-Mavs series, which the refs WON for you, you don’t complain at all. Just like Mark Cuban, you are all hypocrites.

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  59. MC… you think it was humid yesterday? Today is going to make your head feel like a chia pet… It’s going to be tough to breath down here today.

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  60. If it “all evens out during the course of the game” please explain how Dan Crawford’s record versus the Mavs is 10-1.

    Comment by Kevin Bailey -

  61. “Dang it’s humid?” One post?? Come on Mark, the internet needs bloggers (even if they don’t have blogrolls). You gotta step it up for game 4 and bring the blogging. Give us photos, video and PLAYOFF INTENSITY.

    I have all the details in my blog, but in short: Step it up, Mark.

    You’re like the Bruce Wayne/Batman of the NBA – your superpower is money (and amazing access).

    There must be uber-geeks working for you who can turn up the heat on the Heat and help you take live-blogging to a new level. Cameragal (pics, DV, YouTube!) and Typerguy (there are people who can type way faster than you can talk – just tell them what to type and THEY’LL get it to the net).

    You focus on the game and on having NBA Finals fun. We want to know what it feels like to be sitting at Game 4 in a hostile arena. Interview some Mav fans, ask them about the creepy Miami Whites thing – is it as spooky in real life as it is on TV? Did you ever dream you’d be the owner of an NBA team (or a player) as a kid (and who was that player? mine was Pistol Pete). Give us in-game observations about Avery from an insider perspective. See if you can interview a Heat player right before halftime – shout some questions at Shaq. You’re the Mavs’ biggest fan, a blogger and a billionaire. Have some fun and show the world what the internet can be.

    The fate of the entire blogosphere is in your hands, Mark Cuban.

    http://farlane.wordpress.com/2006/06/14/nba-comix-mickey-arinson-wins-the-game-3-blog-battle/

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  63. Dallas had the opportunity to end this series in the 4th but their strategy of playing the clock instead of the HEAT and allowed FLASH to change the course of this series. I am not proclaiming that Dallas still will not win the series… it’s now going to be a dog fight.

    Comment by Dennis Miller -

  64. Raised in Miami, there for the first ever game and first ever win but I now live in Dallas and have to deal with this incessent whining about everything.

    First Mark Cuban’s whining about the heat and humidity, next time bring a snorkel (just kidding Mark, it is dang Humid there and I refuse to visit my parents between June and September)

    Second the whining abou the refs, it all evens out during the course of the game. Every team, and Mark Cuban would likely agree with this statement, would love nothing more than for the refs to swallow their whistles with 4 minutes left in the game. Let the players win the game not the refs. They called the fouls that needed to be called and let the players play the rest of the time.

    I think the Mavs will win the series but it will have to be done back in Dallas because Miami is going to fight as hard as possible to even it up tomorrow.

    Comment by Miami Michael -

  65. It’s not the humidity, it’s the Heat.

    I’ll bet you’re sweating now.
    The Heat have won somehow.
    But do not fret,
    At least not yet,
    Three more you’ll not allow.

    Comment by Mark Cooper -

  66. i was afraid of that humidity comment before the game. we lost game 3 after.
    did we lose the first game in the spurs series after cuban complained about the creek?
    sorry im not superstitious but since its abundant nowadays why not?
    no jinx please.

    Comment by nathan_ph -

  67. Kathy Lynette Frost is a old-old skank!!

    Comment by EarthBoundMisfit -

  68. Hey guys, quit whining about the refs. Yeah, there were some homer calls.

    But what about all those 3-second violations the refs called? Yeah, they were the right call. But in games when the refs really want Shaq’s team to win, they don’t get called. (And yeah, I’ve seen a few. Anybody remember Kings-Lakers from the WCF a few years back?)

    I thought the Heat played as well as they could, and the Mavs played at about fifty percent. A lot of guys were just missing shots. Dirk dropped 30, and Howard had 21 (incidentally, this is the first time the Mavs have been beaten when Howard drops 20), but Stack had a terrible night (1-9), KVH missed both his shots… the Jet made 50%, but only had a couple FTs… and the Mavs got hammered on the boards, 49-34 (16-7 on the offensive glass). Haslem, Shaq and Wade together outrebounded the Mavs (35 boards between those three). In particular, I thought Haslem came up big; part of the reason for the game 2 blowout was because of his shoulder injury.

    The Mavs got to get back to protecting their defensive boards. They do that, I don’t see Miami winning another game.

    Comment by Dan Flemming -

  69. ~
    OK, I don’t complain about the refs. I’ll leave that to the more skilled here.

    I complain about the uniforms. That I understand.

    This just isn’t right. Looks like a bunch of girls, no?

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v103/tiptoe221/Uniform/mavsunifroms.jpg

    Now these, these are UNIFORMS. If Johnson & Bird can wear them, well….need I say more?

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v103/tiptoe221/Uniform/birdandjohnson.jpg

    tt

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  70. I think all Miami fans are delusional that they think they have a better team than us. I don’t think so. Where was Miami twice in regular season and the first 2 games of this series? Ok maybe game 3, but we all know how the saying goes: “Even a blind squirrl finds a nut”.

    Comment by J. D. -

  71. Salvatore can’t seem TOO suspicious you know?

    http://bbs.clutchfans.net/showthread.php?t=95743&page=7&pp=20

    Comment by Whatever -

  72. Umm, if any of you Mav fans think the Heat played their best today you are delusional. That includs S-T-A-C-K.

    Comment by Eugene -

  73. So…who would you rather have. Lebron James or Dwyane Wade playing with Dirk Nowitzki after tonite’s performance?

    Comment by Eugene -

  74. In response to post #44:
    44. Posted Jun 13, 2006, 8:41 PM ET by huckit

    Hey I recall a NBA finals sweep by a Texas team of a Florida team way back in ’95. The Shaq and Orlando got swept by Houston. The Rockets had a bunch of class acts – Hakeem and Clyde, and the Magic had a bunch of mouths – Penny and Shaq.

    There is no way you can compare a Hall of Famer and one of the top three best centers of all time to ANYONE on the MAVS. I’m sorry, I must wash my hands now from typing those things in even so much as the same comment.

    Comment by Criztal -

  75. It just pisses me off that one ref is allowed to have such a vendetta against one team. Can’t he be reined in a bit?

    Comment by Kevin Bailey -

  76. I’ve been reading this blog for a couple of days now and I find one thing to be fascinating. Except for that idiot who goes by the name of Dennis, the Mav haters didn’t have the courage to voice their opinions until after the Mavs lost tonight. I guess it’s easy for some people to be cowards but it doesn’t make it any less pitiful.

    And why would any haters post on here anyway? Are you people that insecure? That immature? Geesh, we’re surrounded by imbeciles!!

    Mr. Cuban, you and your team have my respect and admiration. I hate to say it but my gut told me that the Mavs would probably lose this one. There’s a reason that it’s a 4 out of 7 structure and we’ve just seen that in action. This isn’t the end of the world!! The Mavs will come back from this better than ever. Personally, I would love nothing more than to see the Mavs win at home but of course, that means losing again and that’s not a pleasant thought for anyone.

    Y’all hang in there and keep your chins up. Y’all have what it takes to bring this home.

    Rebecca

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  77. Speaking of Refs…Bennett Salvatore is another crappy ref that “I Feel” is against the Mavs. Anyone remember the Phoenix game when Nash and Salvatore were laughing it up and bumping fists? Refs have there likes and dislikes. If a ref likes you, you will get calls your way and if not, than you are screwed.
    BUT, this is not why the Mavs lost the game though. It was just a circus out there the last 4 minutes. I still have no idea what Avery was thinking having Dirk throw the inbounds pass out? Isn’t Dirk the only one that can shoot over anyone, but let’s have him throw the ball in. Come on Avery, you are smarter than that. Anyways, MAVS in 5.

    Comment by J. D. -

  78. Just a chuckle in response to …

    113. Posted Jun 14, 2006, 1:52 AM ET by Matt Antonino
    Anyone see my first post? I feel omniscient!

    I’m sure it struck me as more humorous reading your post at this hour, but I had to comment on the omniscient thing … if you were omniscient, you wouldn’t need to ask if anyone saw your first post … you’d know! 😉

    Maybe it’s clairvoyant you’re thinking of … dunno, cuz I’m neither omniscient nor clairvoyant.

    Pretty good read on the game, though, Matt.

    Is it ok to admit I’m a newbie fan of the game? Hope so, cuz I just did …

    The story of the ‘coach of the year’ sucked me into the basketball vortex … to which, I fear, there is no escape!

    Plus, it’s cool that the owner is a fan who hasn’t felt the need to tone down his own ‘fan experience’ for the sake of ‘business etiquette.’

    All in all, pretty cool …

    Go Mavs!

    Comment by Angela -

  79. Fouls: Dallas 29 Miami 23. Dan Crawford’s record against the Mavs: 10-1. No NBA conspiracy, just a Dan Crawford one. He is the most biased ref ever. Not sure why. Maybe it’s Cuban he hates, but Crawford’s a joke nonetheless.

    Comment by Kevin Bailey -

  80. It’s funny how the Mavs lose one game and all the trolls come out. Not talking about here specifically but some places I’ve noticed that. LMAO

    Go Mavs!

    Comment by Gabriella -

  81. The only thing the Mavs have to fear is themselves–and Dan Crawford. This should end in five, unless the NBA wants to bring in Crawford for Game 5 to insure it gets back to Dallas.

    Comment by Kevin Bailey -

  82. LOL@ Conspiracy against MAVS. How about Dirk and his wonderful flopping skills. Dallas seems to get a whole lot of phantom calls in their favor. Coincidence? I think not. I believe that Cuban has holes in his pockets for some of those refs. By the way, I am not a Heat fan nor a Dallas hater. I just think the NBA’s getting a little rediculous.

    Comment by Criztal -

  83. Hey Mark..look man, you know the refs and the devil David Stern would NOT allow the Mavs to sweep the Miami Heat..you know why right..because then everyone would say that Shaq is washed up and finished..so you know why the refs screwed the Mavs over..I as a diehard Laker fan have seen many screwjobs in my day, but tonight was one of the biggest that I have ever seen..but dont worry..it wont happen again..now you guys know what is going on and you will be prepared for next time..and tell Dirk not to worry..he will be alright..wouldn’t have mattered if he did make that free throw, the game was already decided..GO MAVS..TAKE game 4..MAVS in 6

    Comment by A Diehard Laker Fan -

  84. Deadlantern-

    The Mavs beat the Heat by 10 in Game 1. Dan Crawford–I mean the Heat–beat the Mavs by 2 tonight. Mark, you should post our record when he officiates playoff games every day. The record now? 1-10. No conspiracy against the Mavs by the NBA. Just Dan Crawford. I don’t know what his problem is, but he is terrible.

    Comment by Kevin Bailey -

  85. You’re team did/does not deserve to win. You are all overrated and will definitely get whats coming to you. You are a sad little spoiled billionaire. Find better things to do with your time then fiddle with “new toys” and watch your lame team play. May I suggest flying down to Africa with those billions of dollars and being more active in the fight against AIDS, poverty, and hunger. I don’t know, just seems like the right thing to do.

    Comment by Criztal -

  86. Dennis…

    Mavs vs celts in 05-06 = mavs 2 – celts 0

    Heat fans on this blog…
    Mavs vs Heat in 04-05 = mavs 2 – heat 0
    mavs vs heat in 05=06 = mavs 4 – heat 1

    Mavs in 5.

    Shuck Faq…

    Comment by trey allmon -

  87. Actually the Mavericks lost the turnover battle in Game 2 and still won by double digits. I don’t think it has anything to do with the TO’s. It’s just that the Mavericks as great of a team as they are, they will let a team back in the game. There is like a small window of opportunity and obviously Miami took advantage of that tonight so congrats to your heat on the victory.

    With that said I say Mavs in 6 or 7 games! Go Mavs!

    Comment by Gabriella -

  88. i’m still wired.
    can’t wait until Thursday…

    Does anyone know if British Airways shows NBA games as a choice on their personal TV screens?

    I have a flight from SF to London during game 5!

    Comment by greg -

  89. Guess what Mav’s fans, this series should be 2-1 Miami. Think about it, the only reason the Mavs are leading this series is because the Heat can’t keep ahold of the ball. Turnovers killed them in game 1, helped blow the game 2 wide open, and almost killed them tonight (20 turnovers and the Mavs couldn’t take advantage?)

    I’m a Heat fan but I’m not delusional enough to think they are playing well enough to win this series. That being said, if the Heat can limit themsleves to 10 turnovers or less in the next couple of games, you guys will need to cancel that victory parade🙂

    Go Heat!

    Comment by deadlantern -

  90. Guess what Mav’s fans, this series should be 2-1 Miami. Think about it, the only reason the Mavs are leading this series is because the Heat can’t keep ahold of the ball. Turnovers killed them in game 1, helped blow the game 2 wide open, and almost killed them tonight (20 turnovers and the Mavs couldn’t take advantage?)

    I’m a Heat fan but I’m not delusional enough to think they are playing well enough to win this series. That being said, if the Heat can limit themsleves to 10 turnovers or less in the next couple of games, you guys will need to cancel that victory parade🙂

    Go Heat!

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  91. Yep, it was the Referee’s fault, it’s a Stern conspiracy, it was Shaq’s fault, Dwyane Wade is now a world beater. Oh yeah, Mark get your wallet out and let the refs know how bad they are. These are great, well thought out comments!! How about this, did anyone notice anything different about how the MAVS played in the fourth quarter as opposed to the previous 11? Was there anyone on this planet who didn’t know who the ball was going to when Haslem stole it? Did anyone not know what the last play was going to be, considering Dirk is inbounding? The MAVS made some mistakes in this game, turn off the waterworks and realize that in your first trip to the finals…stuff happens! When you beat a team merciless the first two games and start throwing out random spurts of stupidity, it takes away from the game. Be happy it was a competitive game, MAVS didn’t win this one, maybe they will win the next two, maybe it will go six or seven, the point is…ENJOY IT!! It’s not like the MAVS have had a lock down on finals appearances, one injury can take it away as fast as it came. Did you expect Shaq to roll over, have you never seen a HEAT game or watched ESPN, Wade and the HEAT are similar to the MAVS…they both have an aversion for winning late? The reason Wade is on highlight films, covers and at All-Star games is because he is good, not because he’s overwhelmingly good looking. You can’t expect REALISTICALLY to steamroll through a team like that.

    Comment by BigWeave -

  92. Yep, it was the Referee’s fault, it’s a Stern conspiracy, it was Shaq’s fault, Dwyane Wade is now a world beater. Oh yeah, Mark get your wallet out and let the refs know how bad they are. These are great, well thought out comments!! How about this, did anyone notice anything different about how the MAVS played in the fourth quarter as opposed to the previous 11? Was there anyone on this planet who didn’t know who the ball was going to when Haslem stole it? Did anyone not know what the last play was going to be, considering Dirk is inbounding? The MAVS made some mistakes in this game, turn off the waterworks and realize that in your first trip to the finals…stuff happens! When you beat a team merciless the first two games and start throwing out random spurts of stupidity, it takes away from the game. Be happy it was a competitive game, MAVS didn’t win this one, maybe they will win the next two, maybe it will go six or seven, the point is…ENJOY IT!! It’s not like the MAVS have had a lock down on finals appearances, one injury can take it away as fast as it came. Did you expect Shaq to roll over, have you never seen a HEAT game or watched ESPN, Wade and the HEAT are similar to the MAVS…they both have an aversion for winning late? The reason Wade is on highlight films, covers and at All-Star games is because he is good, not because he’s overwhelmingly good looking. You can’t expect REALISTICALLY to steamroll through a team like that.

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  93. Yeah, Yeah, I know that the refs can’t be blamed completely for this loss but they did blindly miss a lot of crucial calls in the end which truly affected outcome. But the Heat fans are delusional if they think that their team won this based only on their own talent (or that the mavs “couldn’t take the heat” pssh), they played their top performance tonight, which wasn’t really anything great. Dallas played hard but not their hardest and I think that this will be the Heat’s best game of the series and the Mavs’ worst.. So it only gets better from here for the mavs!

    And oh yeah, Wade’s 4 or 5 step traveling drives me insane!

    GO MAVS!

    Comment by Michelle -

  94. Matt I agree with you, I told my co-workers and friends that I had a feeling the Mavs would lose this game tonight. I think this was a good thing for them, just like losing game 1 against Phoenix. The Mavs have a tendacy to get over confident and like Dirk said Sunday night, “play to protect the lead instead of adding to it”. I also agree with you the Heat threw everything but the kitchen sink at us tonight and we still only lost by a bucket.

    GO MAVS!!

    Mark thanks again for everything you’ve done for Mavs fans and this city.

    Comment by Joe V -

  95. Your right about every playoff game being HUGE!!! I knew Miami would come out swinging tonight on their home court. Dallas didn’t get the win but played well. I have no doubts that after being there for a few days that game 4 belongs to big D.
    GO MAVS🙂

    Comment by ginger -

  96. Tanked a 13 point lead in the most crucial time? Not acceptable but pretty typical of this team I see.

    And my fellow Mavs fans, quit complaining about the damn refs. Go Mavs!

    Comment by Gabriella -

  97. Stop crying you all Mavs fan. D Wade is the man. We won and won fairly. When the game was all but over he took the game over and won it for Miami. So take the loss and stop all that Whyning. Who are you to comment negatively about us because we choose to wear white to the game. What other arena do you see 20,000 showing unity by wearing the same color? only in the MIA. Have you ever been to Miami, South Beach or Ft lauderdale. We have style and class, so before you talk about us, look in your own backyard. Go Heat..White Hot Heat!! see you thursday.

    Comment by Franchesca -

  98. Matt I agree with you, I told my co-workers and friends that I had a feeling the Mavs would lose this game tonight. I think this was a good thing for them, just like losing game 1 against Phoenix. The Mavs have a tendacy to get over confident and like Dirk said Sunday night, “play to protect the lead instead of adding to it”. I also agree with you the Heat threw everything but the kitchen sink at us tonight and we still only lost by a bucket.

    GO MAVS!!

    Mark thanks again for everything you’ve done for Mavs fans and this city.

    Comment by Joe V -

  99. Do you Mavs fans ever quit your bitching? Already complaining about the refs noncalls or Wade traveling? Are you kidding me? And no, I’m not a Heat fan. Grow up!

    Comment by Andy Sherwood -

  100. Anyone see my first post? I feel omniscient!

    “I see DWade going off. Maybe 38 pts, 12 assists, 9 boards, and 4 steals.”

    How’s about 42, 13, 2 and 2? Close!

    “I see X-Factor Howard getting 22 pts and us losing the first of the games over 20 pts. ”

    He had 21 – and we lost.

    “Here’s the good news: tonight is going to take EVERYTHING Miami has. I see them losing the next two and us going home 4-1 with an NBA TITLE!!!”

    Let’s see if I can go 3 for 3 on my predictions. I’m sorry to have picked against Dallas tonight, but you knew this game was coming. Ok, *I* knew this game was coming. Check post #13. Unlucky for us, but lucky if I’m right about the 4-1 series win!

    Go MAVS!

    Comment by Matt Antonino -

  101. Also another point I’d like to address… Didn’t anyone listen to Dirks last game post game comments?

    Dirk said something along the lines, “I think in the end, we played more to keep the lead instead of building on it.”

    Yet they come back and the coaches did the same EXACT THING!!!! Only this time, the mavs didnt have a 27 pt cushion to break their fall… they had half that cushion…

    Comment by Johnny Tran -

  102. We gave it away. That’s all. I can say that Miami did play their best and they barely won. So I am still confident that we will take this in 5. Also, we need to stay on Wade when he’s baseline. No one steps up at all to cover. I got to blame Avery for having Dirk throw the ball in with 1 sec left. I have no clue why that happend?

    Also, I knew with Wade in there with 5 fouls the refs were not going to call a foul on him what so ever. We still should of attacked Wade into forcing him to get his 6th, but we failed to do so.

    Lessoned Learned? I hope so.

    Comment by J. Daniels -

  103. Even though there were some questionable calls the went against the Mavs, they totally blew that one. Got off the game plan or just didn’t defend with intensity in the last 5 min. Wade was the one on foul trouble yet they played him soft. Or maybe the Mavs doesn’t have that step-on-the-throat killer instinct as written in the Miami Herald and posted in STACK.

    Also, everybody hesitated after a penetration instead of pulling up and shooting the short jumpers. Or dishing out instead of dishing to the weak side. Resulting in travel, offensive, or ball stolen. Lastly, give and go passer is just a second late.

    Hopefully better execution and no sloppy plays next time. Go Mavs!

    Comment by Texaspeklat -

  104. I don’t think they look like doctors … I think it looks more like an arena full of INMATES !!!

    Comment by Gary -

  105. Horrible. Blowing a 13-pt lead in the 4th qtr – horrible. Allowing D Wade to drive to the basket for 2 (and 1 down the stretch) just about any time he wanted to – horrible. Not driving to the basket on D Wade while he had 5 fouls for most of the 4th qtr – horrible.

    I also believe the calls went very much against the Mavs, but in a game like this, you have to play above it, and don’t let the calls make a difference. The Mavs were in position to take this away from Miami and put them away with no hope. One game like this gives them all of the hope in the world.

    I don’t want to knee-jerk about this game, but the Mavs had a chance to bury these guys. If they lose this series, they will look back on this game and that 4th qtr.

    And what was that last call? It didn’t seem like much of a chance to score with that. There are too many things to go wrong with that play. I was surprised by that call.

    Now D Wade is the best thing in the world and the Heat are world beaters, just like that!

    This was a very BIG opportunity wasted for a franchise that can’t afford to waste opportunities.

    The difference in the game was the Heat driving to the basket, and the Mavs not driving to the basket, until the last 2 scores in the game. Where was that in the 2nd half, especially with D Wade in foul trouble?

    The effort was not there by the Mavs down the stretch. They were settling for jumpers, and they only reason they were in it was that they were hitting those jumpers at a high percentage, but it caught up to them.

    Comment by Terry -

  106. the MAVS just choked! Lets hope this hiccup doesn’t turn into a full fledged indigestion. 3 big points: (1)Someone should have tried and gotten a foul out of wade (2)Dirk: 90% FT shooter; the 10% hit at the wrong time (3)Shaq: putting down those 2 FTs!

    Comment by ZAK -

  107. This is why the Mavericks are perennial losers!!!! Nowitzki….chock city!! Go Cowboys!!!

    Comment by george -

  108. YEAH FUCK YOU CUBAN MAVS SUCK DIRK MISED A FREE THROW PIERCE WOULD NEVER MISS.

    Comment by Dennis -

  109. As of this writing, its 95-all with 42 seconds remaining..What a game!

    Comment by Neil Crespi -

  110. Dennis, are you thatdamn stupid. Put Walker on the list that includes Marbury, Francis, and Isiah Thomas as a GM. No team with any of those guys will ever win a championship. Guaranteed.

    BTW: Someone tell Walker he is not a good shooter. God, he sucks.

    Oh, and i want Shaq dead as he’s a peon. Don’t need details, just do it.

    Comment by JR Ewing -

  111. I hope you shell out the bucks for the JET even if it results in him being overpaid. The best thing for a team with Dirk is a PG who can shoot with a mid-range game, and Terry seems to be the best at that in the league.

    Even if he is overpaid as a result, he fits in so well with your lineup as a result that having him is a must. Age isn’t as big of a concern for guys who have an outside shot.

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  112. Mavs lookin tough in the second half!! Dirk and Josh won’t be denied. The Heat’s six man rotation is getting tired, and they’re about to fold.

    ABC has got to get rid of the sky cam. It’s a terrible angle on the game and the camera can’t keep up with the ball. If they want an alternative angle, use a camera on the baseline or above the backboard.

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  113. The Mavs are a MACHINE – way to go Mark, DOMINATION – fine work. Thanks for giving a good team, and good people. Kudos.

    Comment by Rob -

  114. The Mavs are a MACHINE – way to go Mark, DOMINATION – fine work. Thanks for giving a good team, and good people. Kudos.

    Comment by Rob -

  115. Good job in the first half, keeping it close. Now would be a good time to tighten up the defense.

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  116. YOULL REGRET TRADING ANTOINE WALKER, DICKHEAD

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  117. The refs have given wade 20 fts. as of Now. Dont let the refs. do this Mark. they are trying to even the talent out. Dik should have 20 if wade does

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  118. Go Mavericks!! Hey Mark, it is 85 degrees right now in Mesquite, Texas. I bet you are missin’ the Texas weather right about now!

    MFFL no matter what!

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  119. We have seen the best they have to offer from Wade. Shaq less 5 to 10 for the half when he was at his best…which he is far from now.
    Dirk is showing signs of heating up….I would say the Mav’s were hit’n about 5 outta 8 cylinders. I hope they crank it up late 3rd and 4th.

    Comment by Shaneola -

  120. Nice watermelon grim on your face as the Mavs took the lead by one!! Boo and Yah…..

    Comment by Art -

  121. I hope this game turns around. Lets knock some shots down!

    Comment by RankRover -

  122. Good job in the first half, keeping it close. Now would be a good time to tighten up the defense.

    Comment by Maneesh -

  123. I thought Mavs started well, but didn’t like the way they finished the first quarter. Besides, I have never understood the point of making the move for last shot in 5-6 seconds. Why not in 7-8 sec to give some room, instead of a hurried up (in this case, a late) shot?

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  124. I heard you on the Jim Rome show a few days ago. You need to go back into the jungle it’s good karma.

    Comment by will -

  125. Hey Mark!
    First timer to the blog….Just want to Wish you and the MAVS the best of Luck!

    I am looking at the pre-game broadcast and notice everyone in white shirts for Miami…Do we have something going on for our Mav fans attending the game to receive a T-Shirt also? I have never attended game and not sure how it works but thought it would be neat if the fans attending could have blue and green t-shirts to wear so when we watch on TV, it will look uniformed as the Miami fans. We can’t be out done in Texas. Everything is bigger and better in TEXAS!! If you do have a t-shirt give away, send me one!
    GO MAVS !
    MSOAND

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  126. Well, watching the team introductions, I now know where Arsenio Hall’s old announcer went. Miamiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Heeeeeeeat! If the Mavs weather the storm in the first quarter (pretty sure they’ll try to make it the Shaq show the first 12 minutes) Dallas should be in good shape.

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  127. Hey Mark,
    This is the pivotal 3rd game and the Mav’s will need to hold their own by playing good defense, as in the Mavs keeping their hands up and blocking long range shots or treys. Otherwise, Let’s Go, Mav’s, and beat the Heat! If the Mavs win tonite, I think they are on their way to becoming one of the greatest teams ever.

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  128. Mavs are an awesome road team… keep their spirits high, win 2 more and put an end to the HEAT!

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  129. Look out for the people in their stadium wearing white, they’re the biggest bandwagoners of all time…

    Comment by CrazyRay -

  130. Hey Mark,
    This is the pivotal 3rd game and the Mav’s will need to hold their own by playing good defense, as in the Mavs keeping their hands up and blocking long range shots or treys. Otherwise, Let’s Go, Mav’s, and beat the Heat! If the Mavs win tonite, I think they are on their way to becoming one of the greatest teams ever.

    Comment by raf -

  131. LET”S GO MAVS!!

    I have a feeling they can pull it off, even if Shaq and Wade play better. Let’s hope Walker shoots them out of another win. Go BIG D!🙂

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  132. Just a quickie… does ABC really think all their butt kissing will make the Heat play better? So far it hasn’t. Go MAVS! Don’t disappoint a girl on her birthday ^_~

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  133. Hey I recall a NBA finals sweep by a Texas team of a Florida team way back in ’95. The Shaq and Orlando got swept by Houston. The Rockets had a bunch of class acts – Hakeem and Clyde, and the Magic had a bunch of mouths – Penny and Shaq.

    http://cryptostenchies.com

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  134. Mark, good luck tonight! It’ll be nice to see Stackhouse have another great game. His 3s were icing on the cake the other night. Anyway, thought you’d enjoy this hilarious article: http://www.theonion.com/content/node/49358

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  135. First year fan of the Mavs and what a year.
    But, lets get real!! the Mavs will lose tonight then win the next one so they can become champions on their home court.

    Sorry, just big business.

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  136. If you can beat the Spurs in a game seven, on their floor. You can beat anyone, anywhere!! Keep it close until the second half and everything will be great.Go!! Mavs!!!

    Comment by Larry -

  137. GO MAVS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Come on Team, 2 more to go!

    From a Mav Fan in Jax, Florida!

    BB

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  138. What’s the over under on Shaq giving elbow’s to the face area of Mav’s in First half (I say 3)

    Comment by Nat Saunders -

  139. What better birthday gift to Dirk than to play their hearts out and everyone can celebrate…. I have undying faith that the Mavs will close this out 4-0. Shaqqira can’t win this, he’s still mad he’s not a Maverick! GO MAVERICKS!

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  140. The same people that bitch about the heat were the same ones bitching about winter. i swear. You sound like a Congressman. Now you just need to start a blog about the “dangers of global warming”.

    Without me running this country it will always be subpar.

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  141. celts start a dynasty next year

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  142. Hey Mark –
    U shd take a look at these pics man….u fit right in.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/0606/gallery.cuban6/content.1.html

    GO MAVS!!!!

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  143. Thanks for sharing part of your view. Go Mavs and go blogs.🙂

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  144. Win tonight so that when I go to the “Beat the Heat” party on Thursday, it will be the day we SWEEP the HEAT. 🙂 Also, how do all those fans find out when and where the MAVS plane will land? I really really want to come to the airport after you take it all down in Miami!

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  145. Can’t thank you enough for putting this team together… lived in Dallas my whole life until moving to NYC as a journalist six years ago, been waiting for this moment since meeting all the Mavs at a summer camp in the ’80s. Still have a poster with Derek Harper, Brad Davis, Ro Blackman, Mark Aguirre hanging proudly on my wall back home. Got my Shiner in hand here in NYC, I’m ready to make it 3-0!

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  146. Get out the broom and clean up the mess down there.

    http://cryptostenchies.com

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  147. I am a woman and right now my 6th sense is telling me that Mavs is gonna win game 3. I’m not worried at all. Mavs is a great road team and they did against Suns and Spurs so why would Miami be spared? Mavs is just a better team and whatever people say about Shaq and Wade, I just don’t see any threats in Walker, Posey, Haslem, Williams or anybody else. This is definitely Mavs’ year and there’s nothing Miami can do about that. We are hungry people. Go Mavs

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  148. Sing it:
    I gotta championCHIP on my Shoulda
    Nowitzki’s another year olda
    Grizz came to town in round one
    only team to do it ‘four games to none’
    Here come the old men dresssed in black
    seven game series, freakin heart attack
    Spin move on the ugly Bruce Bowen
    Dirk “and one” is now a free throw’en
    Another year facing that traitor Nash
    he left town for a bit more cash
    Mavericks behind the General Johnson
    the Suns is setting now, on the horizon
    Our mighty Mavericks in the finals first time
    looking for the best way, to end this rhyme:
    They say the Mavs will soon be beat
    but big fat shaq can’t represent the Heat

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  149. Zero Point White HOT HEATTTTTTTT

    WELCOME to DADDY’s HOUSE, aka the triple A

    Heat by 12 Tonight

    Travel-Ascending.com
    htp://www.travel-ascending.com/

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  150. Dallas is just a better team than Miami. This team wouldn’t even be in the finals right now if Wade hadn’t been on a hot streak and the Pistons hadn’t self destructed completely.

    The only way Miami could even take this series 7 games is if Wade played the same way he did in the Detriot series and I don’t see that happening. He’s already clinging to the two week long FLU and the ref’s “bad calls” as his excuses.

    Of course if Wade shakes it off and starts playing well they could make this a series but I think they are preparing to fail now. Riley! “What happened to the no excuses rule?” OMG!

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  151. Thanks for your update Mark. Headed for the tip off and pregames – Only one thing left to say “MAVS, we’re praying for your win and that everyone walks off the court healthy and knowing they gave their best!”

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  152. Mark….I am pulling hard for the Mavs to win it all. I love your enthusiasm as a fan and owner…wish some of it would rub off on the ownership here in Charlotte. Dirk, Avery, Stack, Jason Terry, etc…..they are so much fun to watch.

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  153. the toughest challenge of the finals coming up. should be a competitive game. I’ll be at the watching party you set up at the AAC (nice going there) let’s go mavs!

    bummed that you have a sidekick 3 before me. time to send danger an email.

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  154. WOW! you got a sidekick 3?? pretty sweet! would you mind writing a review after te finals?? HAHA
    just kidding hope you guys do well, i am german so i gotta love dirk!

    -Eleclipper

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  155. Mavs can end the series with one great first quarter. Throw the knock out punch, put the croud in their seats, and the team will go to sleep. Then their white will be appropriate as their team surrenders.

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  156. Woot Woot! Go Mavs!

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  157. Hey, if you know any maids or witches give them a call, cause we’re all gonna needs thier brooms!!!! Mavs in 4.

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  158. I HAVE BEEN A BIG HEAT FAN ALL MY LIFE, and honestly, this has felt like your year. However, if a miracle occurs and we win the next two, Miami will have its first CROWN!!!

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  159. TO ALL YOU DALLAD FANS WHO THOUGHT WADE SHOULD NOT GET THAT FOUL CALL AT THE END?

    Go to ESPN NBA PAGE to a see a clear foul!

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/index?&lpos=globalnav&lid=gn_NBA_NBA

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  160. The NBA has reverted, courtesy of Pat Riley, to Stone Age basketball. Can’t run fast? Can’t keep up with your younger, quicker opponents? Got a roster full of old timers? No problem! Just bump and push and shove and hold! Call it Neanderball!! Caveman basketball at its finest!
    The NBA also has an obvious desire to creat a new poster child. They have also obviously chosen Dywane wade. Hence, send him to the line 25 times, because he couldn’t possibly shoot 11 for 28 from the field because of good defense, could he? NO, he is obviously being fouled, especially at crucial junctures in the game!! What a farce!
    The NBA is a basketball league, just not a PROFESSIONAL basketball league.

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  161. “Oh, and as far as the suspension on Stackhouse… I see it as appropriate. He went for Shaquille’s head, not the ball, with his forearm. ANY player would have gotten a suspension for that.”

    And Shaq’s elbows go for players heads everytime he touches the ball. Recall Stack bloody head, or Shaq’s shot to Dirk temple. Or the obvious elbow to Harris when he tapped Shaqira for a simple foul. Should that warrant a suspension. Doubt it…the NBA protects it’s “stars”, even if they’re shells of their former selves.

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  162. Stu Jackson sucks! This is the guy that suspened Stackhouse for Game 5. I wouldn’t be surprised if Jackson or any of his friends and family have money on Miami. It sickens me that the NBA would deliberatly try to manipulate a series. If Miami should win, their victory will be forever tainted by the fact the the NBA intervened to manipulate the outcome of the series.

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  163. Oh, and as far as the suspension on Stackhouse… I see it as appropriate. He went for Shaquille’s head, not the ball, with his forearm. ANY player would have gotten a suspension for that. I think calling it an attempt to end Shaq’s carreer is a bit much, but definitely warranted a suspension. IMO

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  164. Let the WHINING begin!!

    I have very little sympathy for you and your team of crybabies and floppers. You permiate your entire organization with your sissyassed school girl antics and hate videos during games at the AAC. You lack class and dignity, and to see your team fall to obiviously BS officiating is HILARIOUS!!!

    All that bad Karma you spread like a virus over the entire NBA is coming back to bite you and all your bobble-headed parrot like dweeb follwers in the collective ASS!

    JUSTICE!!!! JUSTICE!!!

    I laugh at all of you crybaby pathetic bandwagon fans of the most prissy team in NBA finals history. MAVS=Cows you dumbassed fans…and your COWS suck!

    “The enemy of my enemy is my friend!”

    GO HEAT!

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  165. I am a neutral fan of these Finals and I must say. In watching the games and observing these blogs. Dallas fans, coach and especially owner are such whiners. Yes, that last foul on Wade was a bit touchy. It was a foul, but one they shouldn’t have called because of the timing. But I saw plenty of fouls committed by both teams that went uncalled, throughout the entire season. Wade getting a technical for hanging on the basket… then 2 minutes later the same thing on the other end going uncalled. Players from BOTH teams getting pushed and shoved and no calls being made. And let me ask you Mav fans; Didn’t Dirk set an NBA Postseason record for most free-throw attempts this postseason? How can you possibly say that Mavs don’t get calls? The facts are that:

    a) The home team will probably get the benefit of some calls (Dallas goes to the line much more at home)

    b) The more aggressive team will always get more calls than the perimeter shooting team (Which Dallas is).

    c) BOth teams have plenty of chances to win the game. One stop by Dallas on Payton going to the basket, Wade’s jumper, whatever… and none of this would be an issue.

    When this series started, I was hoping for a Mav’s win… but after listening to all the whining and crying, I will be routing for the Heat.

    Mavs, quit whining, quit passing blame, make some shots, make the crucial free-throws (Dirk has screwed up on a few of those the last few games), make some rebounds and you wont need help from the officiating. And the occasional missed call which affects ALL teams will be a non factor. Act like men already and not little whiney babies

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  166. “And yes, the series had consisted of good, clean basketball until Stackhouse tried to take Shaq’s career away with that Cheap shot into the stands.

    I see you fail to mention the countless intentional Shaq elbows thrown to the Mavericks heads. Non of which were called or reviewed.

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  167. Lenny says “I am a big fan of yours and a big fan of the Mavericks. I was going crazy last night on the officials and I sympathize with you on what I say is the very least bad officiating and at the very most criminal. Hang in there though because you guys will win the last two and the GOOD GUYS WILL PREVAIL”

    ummm, the refs really did a number on the Heat, but they previaled anyway. and if you pretend to be a cowboy like that, you should know, GOOD GUYS WEAR WHITE!

    I saw alot of good folks in Game 5, but one guy wearing the shirt of a guy that tried to take Shaq’s career away with a cheap Don Cheney move, running down the court for a cheap shot. Avery was lucky he wasn’t kicked out for calling that play.

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  168. theblake says “Oh well, so much for a great series. Regardless of who the victor is, this Finals Series has fallen far short of some of the spectacular playoff action in this year’s Playoffs. The Dallas/Spurs ; Cavs/Pistons ; Suns/Lakers series were far more exciting than this one. They consisted of good, clean basketball.”

    Ummm, two great doubledigit comebacks, overtime game decided by one point with the lead changing back and forth, Nowitzki and Wade trading shots until Wade won, is not exciting?

    Wow.

    And yes, the series had consisted of good, clean basketball until Stackhouse tried to take Shaq’s career away with that Cheap shot into the stands. Cuban said that Shaq should have been suspended for going into the stands since Mbega got that suspension. Talk about seeing things through Mavs colored glasses.

    Great series, home team winning each one so far, and Avery and Cuban getting away with ALOT of whining about the refs with no fines. Nowitzki kicked the ball into the stands, automatic suspension, but not likely to happen since the refs are owned by Cuban. Shocking.

    Shame Miami has to leave the neutral court and go back to the Cuban owned Dallas arena where the refs are even more scared of Cuban.

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  169. Mark:

    I am a big fan of yours and a big fan of the Mavericks. I was going crazy last night on the officials and I sympathize with you on what I say is the very least bad officiating and at the very most criminal. Hang in there though because you guys will win the last two and the GOOD GUYS WILL PREVAIL

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  170. Miami 3-2 against Dallas, who would’ve thought that your team’s finally going to lose the chance to get the championship… I watched the game with my webdatedotcom chatmates and well, there goes your team Mark

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  171. Can’t stand the humidity…sell the condo and head on back to Dallas for good. Better yet, sell the condo and the Mavs, then head out of the public eye forever. You are bad for the game! You cry and bit** like a woman with PMS! Your team is so pampered that they are the new Detroit Pistons when it comes to crying about fouls! You have no knowledge of the game and just don’t belong in sports. Nothing personal, I’ll give you credit for being a business genious; but the sports world doesn’t need another Jerry Jones. Please… win or lose, do us all a favor and get the heck out of the game. Your flare for the drama is more suited for a Sundance or Indi film, or maybe a reality television show…you could call it “The Crying Rich Man and his Crying Mavericks” …… Heat in 6! Mavericks back to the cellar of basketball, where they rightfully belong! One final suggestion, think the Mavs should come out to “Cry Me a River” by Justin Timberlake in game 6…after all, that is what you and Avery have become experts on…”Us against the world”, please….deal with the fact Dirk is as good a clutch player as Phil Mickelson, and the rest of the team is a hodge-podge of talent-less, can’t cover Wade, gotta foul Shaq, complain about being roughed-up babies that have lost the true grit it takes to be a champion thanks to your pampering!

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  172. AP Headlines: Alienhead crashes before takeoff… German Shaggy molests a bike… Retard Josh sells team out for timeout… Mavs fans gets WTFPWNED in the face… and Mark Cuban recieves a new butthole…

    O <--- Miami Heat |\__O <--- Mark Cuban /.\....\

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  173. So glad to see JR Ewing posting here.

    Still a racist xenophobe? Don’t ever change.

    Comment by Dave -

  174. MARK CUBAN IS AN IDIOT.

    He’s got such a gripe on.

    He hates losing. That’s great.

    But it’s clear that — and clearly it’s affecting MAVS FANS — he’ll find any reason other than getting beaten, to explain being beaten.

    SAD. It sure gets North Texas’s panties in a twist. I bet bullriders complain about the refs too, right?

    Now everybody sees CONSPIRACY.

    Here’s to hoping that the NBA forces Cuban out of Mavericks ownership. He’s clearly got no idea that he’s actually part of something bigger. He thinks that they’re all against him.

    His team is exposed, is weak, and is frustrated. And he’s not helping.

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  175. In 3rd quarter Miami shoots 18 free throws before they have 1st team foul called on them. Dirk is getting mugged on every curl he runs off the ball.

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  176. How about that highlight reel ESPNEWS showed during Nowitzki’s interview? He shot 42% from the field and made some amazing shots down the stretch, but, of course, none of those shots were aired. They showed him miss about five shots. You want to believe and hope that neutrality exists in a sport. You desperately cling to the idea that the best team always wins simply because they are the best team. But, in light of recent events, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to have any faith in the NBA’s neutrality. And with neutrality goes its credibility.

    Oh well, so much for a great series. Regardless of who the victor is, this Finals Series has fallen far short of some of the spectacular playoff action in this year’s Playoffs. The Dallas/Spurs ; Cavs/Pistons ; Suns/Lakers series were far more exciting than this one. They consisted of good, clean basketball.

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  177. Wow, I bet Steakhouse is feeling pretty bad about letting his team down now.

    How wonderful. Now we go from the neutral Miami court to the Mavs Cuban owned court.

    All the advantages are still in Dallas’ favor, the refs are afraid of Cuban on his home court.

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  178. Mark has brought great basketball to Dallas. He’s passionate about the team and in the process, he’s pissed off the NBA. Their blind reaction trumps the six eyes on the court. Miami put up a feable statement in public only to protest in closed quarters. I suppose they can all hide behind the Shack skirt.

    Comment by Bob Jansen -

  179. good luck to the mavs! i am sure you can make it… the maverick fans i met at webdatedotcom told me to say the same thing for them… we wish you all the best. we are chatting non-stop about the things you guys have done in the past and we think you deserve the championship!

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  180. I’m tired of watching the games on TV and all I see is Cuban’s old tired face. By the way, I hate Shaq and the Heat. But at least they deserve to win. Too bad, because Avery’s doing a pretty good job.

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  181. How does it feel? How does it feel to see Dirk flop, the Waterboy choke, and Stackouthouse cry like a baby? What happened Cuban, forget to buy off the refs tonite?

    All the crap you’ve spouted is coming back to choke you. I will enjoy watching your flopper crybabies go up in flames….GO HEAT!!!!

    “The enemy of our enemy is our friend! ” GO MIAMI!

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  182. Sorry Mav, this will be a long series , Stackhouse wake up a sleeping giant, good luck for both team

    Comment by B, Lam -

  183. Mark… bro… you gotta hook me up with a Sidekick 3 man.

    Im still stuck with my beat up Sidekick 1 haha.

    Comment by Cameron P. -

  184. Go Mavs – also – noticed the Sidekick 3 mentioned, what do you think?

    Comment by LM -

  185. I need a sidekick3, help me get one

    good luck heat, but mavs r going 2 win

    Comment by money -

  186. yo mark, how the hell u got a sidekick 3 ?? do me a favor bud hook me up wit one, alright

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  187. Go Mavs – also – noticed the Sidekick 3 mentioned, what do you think?

    Comment by LM -

  188. Hey Mark I want you guys to sweep the heat. I hate shaq since we think be better than the lakers. Im a lakers fan for life but I want you to take it home and win. Destory the heat. Also how is the new sidekick 3 can you send some pics of the device and from it. also list some specs. Enjoy your new device and win the champtionships.

    Big fan

    Tyrone

    Email: trupert@tmail.com

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  189. Touch break. It was a very good game. But Miami did what Dallas needed and did here in Dallas; win at home. I think if the Mavericks played like they did yesterday, but have less turnovers; they very well have a good chance to win.

    Off-topic:
    But Mark has a SideKick 3 already? I’m here doing the countdown to July 10th.

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  190. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/0606/gallery.cuban6/content.1.html

    Comment by Mitch -

  191. JR Ewing…

    My mistake, I re-read your post and you clearly are talking about Athletes as GM’s, not athletes as business people. Sorry…

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  192. I’m very excited with your incredible performance, I can see how you guys are on a much higher level than ever.
    Keep it up, good luck

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  193. JR Ewing….

    I’d say Roger Staubach shoots holes all through that theory.

    Comment by Trey Allmon -

  194. I am very exciting by great shows of mavs.
    I can watch your guys level , keep going,
    good luck

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  195. Isn’t it humid in Dallas too? LOL LOL.. Love the weather here in {{Dub: Deep Western Cowboy Voice }} Carson City, Nevada.. It’s Dry, Dry, Dry!! Great for my asthma! Plus.. your clothes dry quick when you spill something on your pants!🙂 Or your kid does!! LOL

    Been keeping tabs on the games… Good Luck.. Hope the Mavs win!

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  196. Hey Rojas:
    I am a die-hard Mavs fan…but I agree with you… no need for all the hate. We all need to step back and remember the Heat played hard all season to win their conference, just as the Mavs did. Look at Williams, Wade, Posey and Shaq…they deserve all the props for the great plays that have brought them to the Finals.

    As for the refs, you are right…the bad calls usually even out when it’s all said and done. Nobody likes a bad call, but we have to remember these guys are human and only have two eyes and limited angles to see everything. We (the fans) have thousands of eyes watching from every angle available. It’s so much easier for us! So, all in all they do a great job in my opinion.

    Now, who is the best team in the Finals? Mavs.. for sure. They are a young team with huge talent and EAGER to listen to the General. No big egos and no big drama stories to distract this young team from its goal. Did you see the famous “kiss” Thomas threw to Dirk in the Phoenix series? There you go, no problem for Dirk…may have made him even more focused to get the job done. I have to believe Dallas has some of the best talent playing the game.

    I kinda hope the game goes to seven, just because I love seeing these guys play… but I will enjoy watching Dallas bring it home…now or later is just fine with me. Go Mavs!!

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  197. Hey Rojas:
    I am a die-hard Mavs fan…but I agree with you… no need for all the hate. We all need to step back and remember the Heat played hard all season to win their conference, just as the Mavs did. Look at Williams, Wade, Posey and Shaq…they deserve all the props for the great plays that have brought them to the Finals.

    As for the refs, you are right…the bad calls usually even out when it’s all said and done. Nobody likes a bad call, but we have to remember these guys are human and only have two eyes and limited angles to see everything. We (the fans) have thousands of eyes watching from every angle available. It’s so much easier for us! So, all in all they do a great job in my opinion.

    Now, who is the best team in the Finals? Mavs.. for sure. They are a young team with huge talent and EAGER to listen to the General. No big egos and no big drama stories to distract this young team from its goal. Did you see the famous “kiss” Thomas threw to Dirk in the Phoenix series? There you go, no problem for Dirk…may have made him even more focused to get the job done. I have to believe Dallas has some of the best talent playing the game.

    I kinda hope the game goes to seven, just because I love seeing these guys play… but I will enjoy watching Dallas bring it home…now or later is just fine with me. Go Mavs!!

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  198. I am a huge Spurs fan… and after the Mavs knocked ’em out I was going to boycott the finals. Then I realized if the spurs are out at least the title can come back to Texas and to the Western Conf.. So go Mavs… make a shaqfuie

    Comment by Paul -

  199. Jennifer: Have you thoroughly read through the archives on this blog? There is more than Mark’s toys and maverick talk on here.

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  200. It’s gotten bad enough with Danny Crawford that I’ve considered not even watching the games he officiates. I get too mad.

    Comment by Kevin Bailey -

  201. No Dirk is not the next Bird?!? Of course not. I mean he’s real good, but he doesn’t even come close. He doesn’t have enough court knowledge to compare to Bird. And he’s a good shooter, but not as good as Bird.

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  202. Hey Mark! I’m from Michigan and hold season tickets for the Detroit Pistons. Since the Pistons lost to Miami in the playoffs, I said I wouldn’t watch the finals at all. However, when the Mavcericks got into the finals, they renewed my interest and I must say, have NOT let me down. My girlfriends and I will be watching and cheering for Dallas. By the way, we think your wife is one lucky woman – YOU’RE ADORABLE! Bring the win home baby!

    Comment by Laura K -

  203. If they were 5-6, 4-7, or even 3-8, it would be less suspicious. But 1-10 is just too much to be a simple coincidence.

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  204. Dylan-

    Skip Bayless hates the Mavs. Always has, always will. Who knows why? Pointing to his article just more fully demonstrates your complete lack of anything resembling a clue.

    Comment by Kevin Bailey -

  205. Is Dirk the next Bird?

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  206. I never really thought that the MAVS would sweep the Heat. We were bound to lose a game or two. Worst case scenario is we have to win OUR home games. I don’t think the Heat can win here in Dallas. Also, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if we win the next two games in Miami…just my 2 cents!

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  207. Post 253.
    DanFlemming

    Jerry West is hardly an athlete. he played in what the 60’s. Yeah, thats real. An average high school player these days is a better athlete than him. Thats like saying larry Szonka was a good running back. Geeze. If he played today, he would be a 7th round pick playing on special teams and an occasional blocker. And thats in his prime.

    GM is a business position that should be handled by business people. If I had 5 years, I could win a championship. Not hard atall. Maybe one day I can prove that.

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  208. Well said Luis Rojas. Every team gets some home cookin’ and they pretty much called the game crappy both ways, all the way. 29-23 is not enough of a difference to say the refs dictated the outcome. As a MFFL I would have liked to see a few calls go the other way, but I’m sure you have a few of those too. The Mavs lost this game, plain and simple, and DWade took it to them. Shouldn’t be hard to see that. BTW, Amen to the Joey Crawford point, that guy is a horrendous ref.

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  209. Jennifer: sorry you are disappointed in the blog, but what you see is what we fans love! This appears to be exactly what it is and is meant to be – the freeform exchange of opinions, facilitated by Mark – and nothing more. Mark’s comments and honesty as a regular guy are what makes him so lovable as an owner. Those comments are also what start our discussions. If you are looking for new business ideas, or philosophy – you are probably in the wrong place. And, being a team owner DOES take quite a bit of talent. The experience and knowledge Mark gained with his previous ventures continually assist with his success as the Mavericks owner. There are many professional club owners with a lot of money but no talent, heart, or feel for the business AND the sport. That is what places Mark Cuban in a class by himself. GO MAVS!!! °O°

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  210. go dallas . remember play your speed and defense. look out for wade and cover shaq and don’t forget the bench. easy to remember but true.

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  211. Mavs played great last night! It’s 1 loss & we have been there before. This is their year! I have had a hard time finding Mavs merchandise & I live in Texas. Anyone eles got that problem. Although they got Heat stuff. It makes no sense. People who live in Texas should be proud they are doing a great job. GO MAVS!!!!

    Comment by Rose -

  212. MARK — please tell the players that we are behind this team 100%. Last night’s loss was tough — tough to watch for us fans and tough to work through for the players. But the Mavericks are the best team in the NBA and they will bounce back. I personally think Dirk will have another monster game on Thursday night. This is a fight for the NBA Championship — it’s not a cake walk and we fans appreciate that there will be ups and downs. The Heat came out last night and played like the warriors they are — and look how close that was! There’s no way the tired legs of the Heat can keep up with the Mavericks during this next stretch of games. Please ask Avery to run those guys ragged — run Shaq and Wade until they tire. Our guys are in better shape and are more talented — and it’s our date with destiny. Let’s Go, Mavericks!

    Comment by Pam -

  213. Your comments: The Miami Heat are a mediocre basketball team at best. All that happened last night was that the Mavericks showed that the only way for the Heat to beat the Mavs is by Wade and Shaq to drop a combined total of 60-65 points, which is going to be tough to do 3 more times. Also I do not understand where the Heat actually think they are so good they can win the NBA Finals. Pat Riley with that 15 strong,NBA final trophy credit card?? give me a break you have a great player on your team in Wade and an out of his prime big man who thinks he is God, and spare role players at best. Heat fans get over yourselves. GO MAVS MFFL!!!

    Comment by Anthony -

  214. JR Ewing: Ex-athletes in business positions don’t succeed?

    Eh, have you checked The Logo’s resume? (That’s Jerry West.) He’s still having some troubles in Memphis, but I seem to recall he did okay in his previous job (and he has turned the Grizz into a regular playoff team, something of an upgrade from The Doormat Of The Western Conference).

    Comment by Dan Flemming -

  215. Great game Mavs!! Disappointed about the loss, but it’s just one game!!! Keep on fighting, Mav’s remember to be “THE HEART OF A CHAMPION”!!! Don’t settle for anything less!! Mav’s in 6

    GO MAVS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Connie -

  216. GO HEAT!!!!!!

    Comment by RachAel -

  217. I pulled up this blog with the expectation of reading something at least halfway interesting. Too bad I was disappointed. Maybe it’s just me, but I am not impressed with your new “toys” or the fact that you own an NBA team; owning a team doesn’t take talent, but it takes a hell of a lot of money. So in that regard, congrats…your money is well-earned. I guess I am wanting to see the intellectual side that helped you earn that money. Was it a fluke, or does it really exist? Give some true analysis, and when possible, try to step out of your ego and recognize what is really happening in the world (and in the NBA finals). Pehaps your perspective won’t be so cloudy.

    Comment by Jennifer -

  218. .
    .
    All that white. It’s unnerving.

    Looks like a convention of doctors.

    tt

    Comment by tiptoe -

  219. Mark – Get your wallet out and complain some more about the refs.

    Wade travels every other time he drives the lane. I could make layups too if you gave me 3 steps to do it.

    Even bigger than that is the 6th foul he committed late in the game when we were bringing it up the court that went uncalled. If the refs called that, he wouldn’t have been able to score about 6 points, or block Josh at the end of the game.

    Dirk was the man by showing up for the press after the loss tonite. Shaq, the 7 foot infant might play for the Heat, but he can’t take the heat.

    Comment by Gary -

  220. Even though we lost today…
    we still love you from the bottom of our hearts😀
    And Dirk…. we love him, too.

    As for Harris, he’s cute.. and he’ll learn😀

    So yes, of allllllll the times that Shaq could have missed his free throws… *sigh*

    Yay for Dampier! Hurray for the rest of the team, too.

    We’ll get em next time!

    Comment by Zehra and Jia -

  221. That happened cuz of the noise in the arena. I would blame the guy who controls the clock, not the refs. I guess you could blame the refs for not correcting it, but you are really reaching if you don’t blame this loss on anyone but Dallas.

    They had the double digit lead with 5 minutes left. Haslem got a handful of 2nd chance points, and Wade had his way in the 4th.

    Need to look at Dallas blowing the big lead and not the refs.

    Comment by Bryan -

  222. Not Quite – the Miami crowd early on was strangely quiet – kind of like your crowd was in game one (nervous). In fact, they were not vocal at all (at least on the tube, since I was not there) until very late in the fourth. Refs made some wierd calls late against us, as usual, and the team that did not deserve it won it. I still think you should consider some IU help down there – Miami is just a strange “country” to be in – it just feels like “something is missing there”. Believe me – I have tried to live there but Dallas and Tampa are much more “PA and IN” than that materialistic-town. I am available on minutes notice to help you out down there. You should know how to reach me. Sincerely, Tom Petty fan and sole IU Club-Rugby spectator of yours, Pete. I would love to “help you out” – just I did “with” Warren Sapp and the Bucs. Warren Sapp is the best ever! P.S. – Somebody needs to be drinking some beer near the Dallas Bench down there for luck. Also, thanks for flying Gruden to our Super Bowl Victory. Go Mavs!

    Comment by Pete Bitchakas -

  223. It seemed like the Mavs seemed to forget that games last forty-eight minutes. not fourty-four. I hope they remember how this feels when game four starts and it lights a forty-eight minute fire. I sure hate this feeling…

    Comment by will b c -

  224. yay mavs lost! oh i bet u didnt want to hear dat…i bet u wanted to hear that the refs made bad calls blablabla..but in the end, the mavs couldn’t handle the heat

    Comment by Whateveryourmother -

  225. poor clock management… poor play selection, why is Dirk inbounding at the end??
    Seems more logical to put your taller players around the hoop for a quick tap-in.
    As brilliant as Avery has been managing the team in the playoffs….this loss is his baby.

    Comment by Glenn Condrey -

  226. These refs are terrible. Haslem continued to push Dirk and no call. Dwade trips Terry and no call. Shaq pushes Damp and no call. Damp foul instead.

    Mavs coaching staff were terrible too. 3 straight stagnant plays down the stretch and no timeouts??? Come on!!! Mavs suddenly stopped executing. They gave this game away and the refs made sure of it!

    Too bad Riley took out Walker! He was the 6th Mav against the 4 Heat and 3 refs.

    Dirk missed! He forgot the lyrics of Hasselhof’s song!

    Shaq just took a course on the manu ginobili school of flops tonight. And I thought he hated floppers.

    Comment by Warren -

  227. Shaq pushed Dampier, hence why there was no call on the hanging on the rim. The foul on Dirk, that type just happens. What we’re aruging is the Refs missing 4 seconds ticking off, players being shoved/tripped (and out in the open around the ball). There’s a difference between a close foul on a player that gets screwed up, and blatant misses by the refs to turn the momentum in the heats favor. If we got a few calls at the end there, we’d have stayed up due to free throws and won the game. That my friend, is the bottom line.

    Comment by Jonathan -

  228. Wow! You wouldn’t want to win a ring that easy, would you? You’re first NBA Finals has to be a little suspensful! A 2-1 series, coming off a wild game three… That atmosphere in Miami is going to wild for Game 4. This is what its all about!

    Also, please buy the Kansas City Royals!!!! Go Mavs!

    Comment by Clint -

  229. .
    .
    TEAM,

    EVERY

    point

    counts.

    Humidity = air you can sink your teeth into.

    Good game particularly when they actually start playing = the 4th quarter.

    I’m very optimistic!!

    tt

    Comment by tiptoe -

  230. nothing to do with the refs, assholes, the mavs sucked and choked and deserved to lose

    Comment by Dennis -

  231. Shaq pushed Dampier, hence why there was no call on the hanging on the rim. The foul on Dirk, that type just happens. What we’re aruging is the Refs missing 4 seconds ticking off, players being shoved/tripped (and out in the open around the ball). There’s a difference between a close foul on a player that gets screwed up, and blatant misses by the refs to turn the momentum in the heats favor. If we got a few calls at the end there, we’d have stayed up due to free throws and won the game. That my friend, is the bottom line.

    Comment by Jonathan -

  232. I am dismayed to see that Miami won this game. However, one thing that bothered me throughout the entire fourth quarter was Dwayne Wade’s 5 personal fouls. Why not attack him in an attempt to force him to foul out?

    Had Wade fouled out that surely would have taken some momentum away from Miami. It would have placed their best player on the bench.

    Well, there is always next game.

    Comment by Scott -

  233. Wow, I am surprised with all of the complaining of the refs. True, there were some calls that could have been made, but if you give up a 13 point lead with five minutes left, you need to look at yourself first before you start blaming the refs.

    And how quickly we forget the 1st quarter. The phantom foul called when Dirk air balled the shot. The hanging on the rim called against Wade, but not Dampier. The charging foul against Williams when Harris was clearly moving.

    Oops, I guess I’m crying just like you guys now.

    Bottom line, Miami won, and played like crap. If we can put together some consistent play we should be able to even this series Thursday.

    Comment by Bryan -

  234. You’re right, every game in the finals is huge! For that matter every game is huge as far as I am concerned.
    The Heat did come out strong but I thought the Mavs were going to pull it out in the 4th. Oh well… I guess this just means we will have one more game of Incredible Basketball to cherish. Go Mavs!!

    Comment by Christina Crabtree -

  235. Man, is it ever humid! Just watched game 3 and I’m still stuck to my seat due to the sweat caused by the last minute, really the last second of the game and how it played out. Great last play with the ball thrown right at the basket to try and make the slam dunk!! Really thought the MAVS had this one tonight, but looking forward to game 4!!! Go MAVS!!!!

    Comment by Sonny -

  236. Okay Mavs fans, easy on the refs. It’s just home cookin’. Sure, Wade played an entire quarter with 5, half with 4. Don’t blame the refs. They did what they do. Too much standing around on offense with 6 to go. The last play would have been genius if it wouldn’t have been Wade who rotated onto Jo-Ho. These are the finals, not gonna be a sweep. Not good for business. Stay up Mavs, you played well. Some hiccups here and there, but damn, you boys came back from 10 and 12 down at different points in the game. Keep D-Wade under 35 and it’s not even a game. Go Mavs!!! Dirk is my homeboy!

    Comment by trey allmon -

  237. Refs or no refs, did you SEE the “phantom loss” of about 4 seconds in the last minute of the game??? there was a foul at about 46 seconds left, and the clock ticks down to 42 seconds… people were walking around like “is the play over yet”, dwade dribbles…. but no, even though the whistle blew at 00:46, the time goes to 00:42

    “FOUR SECONDS DON’T MATTER”

    You kidding me, Miami? How about that last possession, er, I mean “throw-in”… wouldn’t you rather have 5 seconds left instead of 1.0?

    Yeah, my thoughts exactly — go back and watch tivo, what a JOKE, refs! 4 seconds is a lot.

    At least now we know Stern wants a little more moolah in extending out the tv coverage a few more nights, meaning –hooray — more of that empty box Marc Jackson and that racist fool Wilbon. Gag.

    Comment by Fred Barney -

  238. The last 4 minutes was the worse reffing that I have ever witnessed. Terry passes to Dirk and Haslem is allowed to plow through him for the steal? Shaq is allowed the push dampier clear across the paint? Shaq can moving screen Dirk from the 3-point line to the paint? DWade can blatantly trip Terry and not pick up his 6th foul? There were a few others, but this was just ridiculous. I’m all about the refs letting the boys play at the end; but they should NEVER win a game for a team like that. It’s sad, the Heat can’t beat us unless the refs win it for them.

    Comment by Jonathan -

  239. 2 points isn’t a victory, it’s a last gasp from a a team that’s just crawled out of a deep pit. We beat the Heat with double digits the last two games and THAT is a victory. We played good ball tonight but those refs were on The Heat’s side obviously. I noticed a few missed calls during the game. Too bad Shaq couldn’t get fouled for knee-capping his own teammate >_< Jeez, those elbows know not friend or foe... they just go. We've got it and we're going to get it. Go MAVS!!

    Comment by Rebeccalee Coventry -

  240. Can someone please explain to me why, after D-Wade picked up his 5th foul early in the 4th quarter; the Mavs didn’t take the ball right at him to get the 6th foul? Did Avery, Del, and the other coaches not realize he had 5? You remove Wade from the game, there goes the catalyst for the comeback. Sure someone else MAY have stepped up, but WHY didn’t they take it to him? Pride? Oversight? Plus another reason to try to isolate on Wade, he’s hurt. Flu + Sinus Infection + minor hyperextended knee (Thanks Shaq) = a vulnerability that needs to be exploited. Then to top it off, he makes a helluva play at the end of the game to deny Josh at the rim. Lets just hope the coaching staff is a little more on top of it next game.

    Comment by jonathan -

  241. I think the game was close either way. I think the refs aside (which were obviously bad for the ENTIRE game, not just the 4th quarter), the biggest problem was to allow the Dwayne Wade to stay on the floor. If you want to run the clock out, run some drives to the basket on him. He will either foul or an easy 2, as opposed to those low percentage perimeter 2-pointers we were taking the last half of the 4th quarter. Just a thought, but Im sure we will pull it out on Thursday.

    Comment by James -

  242. Thursday’s coming, boys…. get ready. Thanks, Mark, for putting together the best team with the best coach. I just moved back to Dallas and this makes it real sweet!

    Comment by LONDA -

  243. Great game, unfortunately we are not 3-0. I expected the Heat to play a good game, but who knew Shaq could suddenly hit free throws. I think the biggest mistake was not getting foul #6 on D. Wade. Allowing him to play a whole quarter and not getting him to foul out will not help us win. Go Mav’s, take it to the Heat and ice them. Mark although I am a Spurs fan, I am cheering for the Mav’s, but I do believe you are the best owner in the NBA, a true fan with a few dollars to build a great team. I might convert in time since I am in the DFW area. Keep the faith, and bring the trophy home.

    Comment by Douglas -

  244. Thursday’s coming, boys…. get ready. Thanks, Mark, for putting together the best team with the best coach. I just moved back to Dallas and this makes it real sweet!

    Comment by LONDA -

  245. can’t believe the difference in the refs when miami is at home……
    crap did shaq get away with 2 hand shoving everyone who ever passed through the lane tonight or was it jsut me……
    did every player on miami’s team get to take repeated cheap shots at dirk and the rest of the mavs in the last 4 minutes….
    was crooked stern afraid that he might miss some money from commercials if the finals ended in 4 games……
    mark, offer the nba a check for missed commercials in later games if you can get a ball game called straight up.

    go mavs, just need one win in miami and the title is ours come game 6

    rusty

    Comment by rusty selman -

  246. I agree with all the people above me, who say the game was played unfair. The refs didn’t call good calls or anything. Time wasn’t managed properly. Veryyyy veryyyyyy stupid
    And upsesting..:@

    Comment by Ahmed -

  247. I don’t know how the coaching team could be sooo careless. This is the playoffs… Even in a regular season game…

    WHO THE HELL STARTS RUNNING DOWN THE CLOCK WITH 6 MINUTES LEFT IN THE FOURTH? THAT OBVIOUSLYYY CAUSES BAD QUICK SHOTS BY THE OFFENSE…

    what they should’ve done was keep playing hard till the three minute mark. then run down the clock… they had everything going for them until they started running down that longggg clock.

    Good basketball for the general public I guess…

    -pissed mavs fan… Go mavs…

    Comment by Johnny Tran -

  248. Damn…blowing a 10-point lead with less than 5 minutes left. Then blew a tying FT when everything’s on the line.

    A choke reminiscent of game 1 against the Suns. Fortunately this one’s an away game, rather than at home.

    Anyway such chokes are unacceptable – you don’t have too many chances to make mends.

    Comment by AJ Doe -

  249. a 13 point lead – down to 3 – Dirk wants a timeout – Avery doesn’t .. it was the whole team hiccup! Dirk doesn’t choke (He got it done against the spurs didn’t he) – the whole team did. But lets not blame the refs .. a call will always go one way or the other and not everyone will agree.

    Comment by ZAK -

  250. Mavs were screwed over at about the 46.2 second mark. The whistle blew and Wade even took a shot at the Dallas basket (that went in) but the clock kept running down to 42.8. That was 3.4 seconds that would have made a huge difference at the end when they only had 1 second to go.

    I have the video to prove it. There’s nothing you can do about it now, but I would definitely look back the the tape. They even said that the whistle was not really audible because of the crowd noise.

    Comment by ToTheBank -

  251. Come on Ref’s there were four bad calls earasing a 10 point lead. I know they were making bad calls for the first 3.5 quarters but be a little awake for the last half of the last quarter. I know you are not supposed to be biased but hey dont get caught up in the game and start making bad calls. You and I know that the game should not be decided by refs. By the way there should have been way more defensive lane violations by shaq. Ib the first offensive play by mav he was in there for 6-8 sec. If you are going to make the call be fair.
    Samuel

    Comment by Samuel -

  252. Wah..Wah.Wah…let’s blame the refs already!!!!!!

    Comment by george -

  253. Tough break, but not season ending.

    However (being superstitious)possible dates for victory parade should have NEVER been released.

    Also, who thought it would be a good idea to have a victory parade on a TUESDAY morning anyway? Are you kidding me? What about a Saturday morning. Real nice for us fans who don’t live or work in downtown Dallas, real nice.

    Thursday, victory will be ours.

    Comment by Kyle Blonde -

  254. Heat is going to come out with a new mindset. Riley has something up his sleeve and it’s probably going to be an x-factor. Wouldn’t be surprised if JWill or the Glove brings their A game. Good luck tonight and let us know how that new Sidekick is.

    Comment by Mad Maximus -

  255. Relax, Mark … Miami is done!!

    Comment by Ken Carpenter -

  256. You should get a Treo so you can blog anywhere.. some of us are getting addicted to your posts, especially live from the finals!😉

    Comment by Bob Russell -

  257. 3-0 after tonight…confidence all the way!

    As a side note, I wonder if Mark has ever considered trying for a WNBA franchise?

    Comment by Dane C -

  258. Of course every game is huge in the finals, but this one feels like it’s bigger, or rather, like it could be bigger, depending on how the Mavs play.

    The Heat are playing for their lives tonight, they’re playing for respect, they’re playing to avoid being embarassed again, they’re playing knowing that it might very well be their last/best/only chance for a ring. Guys like Mourning, Shaq, especially, I expect them to be attacking and aggressive. But if the Mavs can match the intensity tonight, nobody anywhere will be able to say that Dallas isn’t the best basketball team in the world.

    Go Mavs!

    Comment by Tim -

  259. They’ll probably come out swinging because it’s home but, the way they’ve played so far, none or very few of those swings will connect. It’s just been a total slaughter and I feel it will just continue tonight. GO MAVS!!!

    Comment by Rebeccalee Coventry -

  260. Kick some ass tonight man. Wish I could be there. I will be in my bedroom watchin though. I get headaches everyday but I prepared for the game by taking 3 ibuprofins and got more on hand just in case.

    Comment by RankRover -

  261. I think Shaq and D-Wade will come out firing tonight. That, in turn, might cause a ripple effect for their supporting cast. I say we just keep it close if theyre shootin us outa the gym at the beginnin cuz they’ll run outa fuel towards the end and we can overcome them then.

    Comment by Jazz -

  262. GOOOOOOOOOO MAVS!!!

    I see DWade going off. Maybe 38 pts, 12 assists, 9 boards, and 4 steals.

    I see X-Factor Howard getting 22 pts and us losing the first of the games over 20 pts.

    Here’s the good news: tonight is going to take EVERYTHING Miami has. I see them losing the next two and us going home 4-1 with an NBA TITLE!!!

    Go MAVS!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Matt Antonino -

  263. Mark –
    I would’nt be too worried abt the noise….nothing like our boys have’nt seen. Just have a gut feeling….this series is going to be a sweep by Dallas. With the bricks thrown by Shaq, we can build a memorial….:-)
    Go MAVS!!

    Comment by Sujit -

  264. plan on this game being much closer than the previous. Mavs pull away late in the third and win by 9. Go MAVS!

    Comment by Ryan -

  265. This game is huge. You are my hero Mark. Thanks for everything you’ve done. GO MAVS!!

    Comment by JJ -

  266. I think we will have to steal one tonight. Dirk at the buzzer!

    Comment by Mike Dunham -

  267. Go Mavs indeed!!!

    Comment by Ted Forbes -

  268. I’m with you Mark. It is so darn humid in Miami…do you ever wonder why it’s so hard for Shaq to lose weight? All he has to do is stay outside and sweat it off.

    Back to what’s important. American Airlines arena is going to be deafening tonight. All of the Dallas players need to keep their cool and play at a very high level tonight. Miami’s got their crowd behind them and judging from previous games in Miami, they’ll have the mercy of the refs too…right Mark?

    Let’s stay focused and take one on their home court. How sweet it would be to sweep the Miami Heat??? Hey, that rhymed….

    Luv ya Mark!

    Comment by East Coast Jessie -

  269. MARK you are my HERO. I hope all is well and I hope that the MAVERICKS season ends in Miami so they can come back with that NBA Championship in their hands!!!

    Comment by AMAV4LIFE -

  270. Born & raised in Dallas, now living in LA, I will always hold the Mavs (and Texas) in my heart. GO MAVS!!!

    Comment by Jennifer Chuang -

  271. time for some hacky-shaq

    lets go Mavs play harder then you have ever played before. Think tied series 3-3 winner take all. I know you got this one

    Comment by Mark D. -

  272. From a “First time visitor”…
    Thanks for taking time to blog your thoughts on such a big day. Go Mavs.

    Comment by Sean Weide -

  273. Hey Mavs good luck tonight!! I hope everything goes well. I am a fan of both the heat and the mavs, so may the best team win!

    Yara
    Blueprint Records
    http://www.cdkingentertainment.com
    http://www.myspace.com/yaramusic

    Comment by Yara (Blueprint Records) www.myspace.com/yaramusic -

  274. your right Mark!! They will be all over us early…we have to withstand that…keep our head…and play Maverick basketball. I hope the next time I post…we will be one game from having that parade I read in the DMN. Good Luck.

    Comment by Mark Thompson -

  275. We were confident(And cocky). We even changed hotels, becasue Miami was a big distraction. We were playing great. But we still lose. Why? Because the Refs weren’t with US. Miami is paying Stern, and the referees. They blew vicious air so our free throws won’t go in. They edited video caps to show Josh was asking for time outs. Then they make the referee say ‘Josh came to ask for time out twice and not once” on a gun point. Wade took superman shots, to move around like that. This shouldn’t be allowed in league. How can one breeze past 3 defenders, even though we push and shove him. Free throws he made looked fishy, something Miami might have done..dunno what though. All in all, there was no way we could have lost it.

    -Mavs Fan…

    Go Heat!!

    Comment by shahpaul -

  276. I must admit as a fellow Dallas native we do whine alot in general. However we always believe we have a valid reason to whine and that it is our god given right to whine like babies when we get beat in any sporting event. No one can ever take that right away from us!
    so there!

    I am the greatest Mark Cuban cannot touch me

    Respectfully yours
    Jerry Jones

    Comment by Jerry Jones -

  277. We were confident(And cocky). We even changed hotels, becasue Miami was a big distraction. We were playing great. But we still lose. Why? Because the Refs weren’t with US. Miami is paying Stern, and the referees. They blew vicious air so our free throws won’t go in. They edited video caps to show Josh was asking for time outs. Then they make the referee say ‘Josh came to ask for time out twice and not once” on a gun point. Wade took superman shots, to move around like that. This shouldn’t be allowed in league. How can one breeze past 3 defenders, even though we push and shove him. Free throws he made looked fishy, something Miami might have done..dunno what though. All in all, there was no way we could have lost it.

    -Mavs Fan…

    Go Heat!!

    Comment by shahpaul -

  278. Good job “Classless Stackhouse”

    Dallas can leave the State of Texas anytime it wants, and leave the rest of us here to cheer on real class teams like the Spurs, Astros and Rockets!

    They can call their new country “CUBANLAND”, and they can bow down and kiss his fat ass everytime he rings a little bell…hahahahaha!

    Comment by SP -

  279. There’s a party goin’ on right here
    A celebration to last throughout the years
    So bring your good times, and your laughter too
    We gonna celebrate your party with you

    Come on now

    Celebration
    Let’s all celebrate and have a good time
    Celebration
    We gonna celebrate and have a good time

    It’s time to come together
    It’s up to you, what’s your pleasure

    Everyone around the world
    Come on!
    …………………………….
    ONE MORE GAME BABY!!!!!!!! and we are the champions!!

    GO HEAT!

    Comment by GO HEAT -

  280. Love msg 328!
    didn’t know Jerry was an
    NBA fan
    couldn’t agree more with the Kobe comment!

    Comment by knicks fan -

  281. Consider this regarding the disparity of fouls called in game 5. (49 shots taken for the Heat vs 25 for the MAvs)
    1. Diop= 6 fouls
    2. Mbenga= 4 fouls
    3. Dampier= 5 fouls
    4. Terry= 2 fouls (intentionals on Shaq in overtime period)
    Total= 18 fouls (basically all intentionally committed to put Shaq on the line)
    49 (heat foul shots) minus 18 intentional Mav fouls= 28
    That’s 28 (heat) to 25!!!
    Where’s the disparity?? The Mavs INTENDED to use their fouls on Shaq and they did. Don’t blame the REFS.

    Comment by Mike -

  282. i agree with “white hot”

    i really don’t understand that. All yall do is complain when you lose, i mean i know you not going to celebrate, but how about just accept it. Its always everyone elses fault, never your own. And it’s never just that the Heat are better, which they are.
    GO HEAT

    Comment by heat -

  283. ROTdale says
    “It looks like the same guys (Heat fans)writing over and over.”
    Nope, I have seen suns, spurs, and Laker fans here as well.

    “Talk about whiners – look and Walker or Udonis every time they get a foul called. You would think they had a stomach virus.”
    Well, when you are getting fouled out of the game for standing still, it can leave a sour taste in your stomach. Mavs would not know about it, because the refs favor them, obviously.

    “Also, is there anyone with more class than Dirk. He makes one comment and the blgggers are all over him.”
    Yeah, real classy kicking the ball at a little girl and then trashing other people’s property including a cameraman that had nothing to do with his DAVID HASSELHOFF choke at the line.

    “Republic of Texas – time to secede.”
    Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, and remember, the Spurs will still be there to beat you every year once the refs stop giving your entire team the Jordan treatment.

    Comment by Classless Stackhouse. -

  284. Damn it all you flamers fans. Were gonna send the miami flamers back to the beach crying so the can rub oil all over eachothers 50most beautiful asses with their manicured fingers, THIS IS DTOWN BABY, try n mess wit texas!

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  285. Why can’t you guys ever lose and except the fact…everytime you lose you have to have some excuse to justify it. The refs, time on the clock, fake fouls, your “distractions” on that O’ so “busy” brickell ave…just get over it the heat are better!

    Go Heat!

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  286. Hey thomas you’re clearly a very intelligent person.
    Lets review you brilliant logic shall we?
    “they called the foul by Dirk’s hand on Wade’s. Forget the photo, it is irrelavant”
    Really?
    You’re right forget the fact the officials are there a few feet from the action and can see and HEAR the contact. Yeah, according to you fouls happen all the time and are not called so why not just let this one slide so the poor little Mavs can just win this one.
    Brilliant! Brilliant I tell you!

    “Laker fan (routing for the Mavs)”
    Do you want to root for the Mavs or rout them? I suggest you let the Heat handle the rout of the Mavs.
    Are we just a little upset that an older Shaq will win a title or two with the Heat (only one little win away) while poor little whiney (he should play for the Mavs) kobe can’t win anything by his little bitty lonesome panties in a wad self? Hmmmm? Am I hitting too close to home? Expose him for the loser he is, only won a title when Shaq carried him. He may get so distraught he may have to go out and assault another young girl.
    Enough with the lakers they’re not playing for anything significant for many years to come (at the very least).

    Besides I want to talk about Mark Cuban. I warned him not to come to Dallas, there’s only enough room for one giant ego in this town (unless it’s TO, he can stay if he helps me win some games).

    Respectfully yours,
    Jerry Jones

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  287. Hey thomas you’re clearly a very intelligent person.
    Lets review you brilliant logic shall we?
    “they called the foul by Dirk’s hand on Wade’s. Forget the photo, it is irrelavant”
    Really?
    You’re right forget the fact the officials are there a few feet from the action and can see and HEAR the contact. Yeah, according to you fouls happen all the time and are not called so why not just let this one slide so the poor little Mavs can just win this one.
    Brilliant! Brilliant I tell you!

    “Laker fan (routing for the Mavs)”
    Do you want to root for the Mavs or rout them? I suggest you let the Heat handle the rout of the Mavs.
    Are we just a little upset that an older Shaq will win a title or two with the Heat (only one little win away) while poor little whiney (he should play for the Mavs) kobe can’t win anything by his little bitty lonesome panties in a wad self? Hmmmm? Am I hitting too close to home? Expose him for the loser he is, only won a title when Shaq carried him. He may get so distraught he may have to go out and assault another young girl.
    Enough with the lakers they’re not playing for anything significant for many years to come (at the very least).

    Besides I want to talk about Mark Cuban. I warned him not to come to Dallas, there’s only enough room for one giant ego in this town (unless it’s TO, he can stay if he helps me win some games).

    Respectfully yours,
    Jerry Jones

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  288. “They went to the refs in advance and said “We are going to Hack-a-Shaq”, and Avery STILL acted like it was a bad call by the refs. Pathetic.”
    Avery was pissed because Diop made senseless obvious foul to foul himself out, not that a foul was called.

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  289. Mark,

    It looks like the same guys (Heat fans)writing over and over. I can tell you that I have lived many places in my career and to have owners that are pasionate about their teams vs the stuffy ones (AZ Cardinals come to mind)that aren’t; well I’ll take you and Jerry every time.

    Good series from start to finish and I believe this one isn’t over yet. Talk about whiners – look and Walker or Udonis every time they get a foul called. You would think they had a stomach virus. Also, is there anyone with more class than Dirk. He makes one comment and the blgggers are all over him. Most of the time he says “let’s just play”.

    This is almost like the watching the main stream media report the news.

    Republic of Texas – time to secede.

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  290. doubting thomas says “hey HeatFan post # 321 – they called the foul by Dirk’s hand on Wade’s. ”
    Yep, pushing in the back is a foul, a rabbit punch to the kidneys even more so.

    “Forget the photo, it is irrelavant.”
    Of course, facts are irrelevant. The point is that two players were fouling him, one holding his shooting arm, the other pushing his body, and still we hear that it wasn’t a foul. This from a team that got TWO bogus FOUR POINT plays in ONE GAME.

    “How many fouls go uncalled in the NBA?”
    Alot, the Mavs get away with murder unless it is blatent like they do to Shaq. I saw MBega takling Shaq, an obvious on purpose foul, and Avery was STILL acting like it wasn’t a foul. They went to the refs in advance and said “We are going to Hack-a-Shaq”, and Avery STILL acted like it was a bad call by the refs. Pathetic.

    “oh – except for Mr Crybaby Dwayne.”
    I didn’t see him crying. I DID see nowitzki throw a temper tantrum and Avery throw a hissy fit at a reporter, but Wade was all class, all day baby.

    “Laker fan (routing for the Mavs)”
    Ahh, I know that smell now. Adulterer Kobe fan, upset that they dumped the wrong star, rooting that Shaq doesn’t get another ring to move under Buss’s face. So much for “objectivity”.

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  291. The MAVS have allowed that crap to happen to them. Anytime you allow the refs to play a role in determining the outcome of the game, there’s a 50-50 chance a call may or may not go your way.

    The Mavs continue to make critical 4th quarter mistakes that have cost them 2 games. Missed free-throws, mis-handling of rebounds, not driving to the basket, not attaking Heat players in foul trouble, predictable set pieces (two man ball Terry/Dirk) and moving away from the strategy (double/triple teaming Wade) that kept you in the game.

    Overall, the Mavericks are a better team talent wise but talent’s not enough and does not win championships. Playing smart basketball does and the mavericks need to do some the latter if they’ll have a chance to win.

    The last play of the 4th quarter is indicative of their predictability. You know that the ball will go to either Terry or Dirk so the Heat defense was already waiting with 3 players on Terry’s face…Why not Howard? Howard had an excellent game last night and was shooting the ball extremely well.

    Why not continue to double/triple team Wade in the 4th. Let Walker/Hasslem/Posey try to beat you. They can’t and won’t.

    In general, Avery Johnson has done a great job thru out the playoffs, but he’s also responsible for a lot of their miscues.

    The Mavs need to spread the floor and run. Miami’s transition defense isn’t worth a damn.
    If it were Phoenix instead of the Mavericks this series would have been DONE in 4 or 5.

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  292. That last foul called to send wade to the line was a disgrace to this game. you have to get raped to get a foul call at the end of regulation situations, let alone a final. And to not get a call like that you have to be accused of rape. Kobe gets hacked all day and never gets a call in triple coverage. Wade drives to the hoop with one on one coverage and gets a whistle every time. Plain B.S. Wade and Shaq are no tandem, Shaq is just riding wades coat tails. Kobe and Shaq were a tandem, always helping eachother out with a pass her, pass there. I dont see that in Miami. And I dont see Miami ever winning a title, especially with Slacker Shaq on the team. Shaq Comeback to Cali and retire that jersey before you blemish it some more…

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  293. dont let them haters get you down. The mavericks are still the greatest, see yall in Dallas and we’ll see how Miami plays without their faithful refs on their side. Refs cheating at its best…

    Comment by Jenn Ituen -

  294. Hey thomas you’re clearly a very intelligent person.
    Lets review you brilliant logic shall we?
    “they called the foul by Dirk’s hand on Wade’s. Forget the photo, it is irrelavant”
    Really?
    You’re right forget the fact the officials are there a few feet from the action and can see and HEAR the contact. Yeah, according to you fouls happen all the time and are not called so why not just let this one slide so the poor little Mavs can just win this one.
    Brilliant! Brilliant I tell you!

    “Laker fan (routing for the Mavs)”
    Do you want to root for the Mavs or rout them? I suggest you let the Heat handle the rout of the Mavs.
    Are we just a little upset that an older Shaq will win a title or two with the Heat (only one little win away) while poor little whiney (he should play for the Mavs) kobe can’t win anything by his little bitty lonesome panties in a wad self? Hmmmm? Am I hitting too close to home? Expose him for the loser he is, only won a title when Shaq carried him. He may get so distraught he may have to go out and assault another young girl.
    Enough with the lakers they’re not playing for anything significant for many years to come (at the very least).

    Besides I want to talk about Mark Cuban. I warned him not to come to Dallas, there’s only enough room for one giant ego in this town (unless it’s TO, he can stay if he helps me win some games).

    Respectfully yours,
    Jerry Jones

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  295. i think that the refs in Miami have made some good money of of cheating the Mavs. Come on, look at the crap that went down in game three, and last night in game 5. They screwed us just enough so that we would fall up short by a few points. Let’s see how the sorry ass cheating Miami Heat do in Dallas. Maybe the refs will come ready to call a fair game, or are they going to try and take another one of our players out before then? Stackhouse i hope you make them feel you in game 6, because i know you will. As for the rest of the team remember CHEATERS NEVER PROSPER, so it’s GOING DOWN IN DALLAS!!!!!!!!! So for all you non believers, stay that way we love playing with our backs against the wall, we love all you haters, and appreciate your hating ways. I can’t hate the haters, that’s all they know how to do. So like i said tune in to the next two games, and when dallas takes the ring, then we’ll see what all you haters/cheaters have to say. SEE YOU IN DALLAS BABY!!!!!!!!!!!

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  296. Consider this regarding the disparity of fouls called in game 5. (49 shots taken for the Heat vs 25 for the MAvs)
    1. Diop= 6 fouls
    2. Mbenga= 4 fouls
    3. Dampier= 5 fouls
    4. Terry= 2 fouls (intentionals on Shaq in overtime period)
    Total= 18 fouls (basically all intentionally committed to put Shaq on the line)
    49 (heat foul shots) minus 18 intentional Mav fouls= 28
    That’s 28 (heat) to 25!!!
    Where’s the disparity?? The Mavs INTENDED to use their fouls on Shaq and they did. Don’t blame the REFS.

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  297. Consider this regarding the disparity of fouls called in game 5. (49 shots taken for the Heat vs 25 for the MAvs)
    1. Diop= 6 fouls
    2. Mbenga= 4 fouls
    3. Dampier= 5 fouls
    4. Terry= 2 fouls (intentionals on Shaq in overtime period)
    Total= 18 fouls (basically all intentionally committed to put Shaq on the line)
    49 (heat foul shots) minus 18 intentional Mav fouls= 28
    That’s 28 (heat) to 25!!!
    Where’s the disparity?? The Mavs INTENDED to use their fouls on Shaq and they did. Don’t blame the REFS.

    Comment by Mike -

  298. Patrick Mertz says “The NBA has reverted, courtesy of Pat Riley, to Stone Age basketball.”
    Not according to Mark Cuban inhis rip on Riley and the Heat on Letterman, he said the rules changes were made to allow for players to move on the court. Next day? Avery sends his hatchet man to try to take out Shaq, playing Stone Age basketball, just like he did to Johnson in the Suns series.

    “Can’t run fast? Can’t keep up with your younger, quicker opponents? Got a roster full of old timers? No problem! Just bump and push and shove and hold! Call it Neanderball!! Caveman basketball at its finest!”
    Can’t win while the refs are on your side? Tired of doubleteaming a player because the rest of his team is making you pay? Don’t have an answer to Eastern Conference defense with a team built for the no defense west? No Problem! Just knock the other team’s center into the cameras in the stands, and then claim he should be suspended for going into the stands? Call it Cubanball! Mavs basketball at it’s finest!

    “The NBA also has an obvious desire to creat a new poster child. They have also obviously chosen Dywane wade.”
    Actually, they chose Kobe, LeBron, and Nash over Wade, but they didn’t make it to the finals, and since Nowitzki has disappointed both in his performance and his temper tantrums after games, they went with the quiet and modest high scorer in Wade.

    “Hence, send him to the line 25 times, because he couldn’t possibly shoot 11 for 28 from the field because of good defense, could he?”
    LOL! Hence, send Dirk to the line more than ANYBODY IN NBA HISTORY, because he couldn’t possibly shoot 2 for 14 from the field because of good defense, could he? When Dirk got 27 FTs in one game, it is becuase he got fouled, but when Wade gets 25 it is a conspiracy against Mom, Apple Pie, and the American Way?

    “NO, he is obviously being fouled, especially at crucial junctures in the game!! What a farce!
    The NBA is a basketball league, just not a PROFESSIONAL basketball league.”
    When Steakhouse is trying to kill players (Johnson, Shaq) flagrantly, Dirk is destroying property, Avery is ripping Dallas reporters for a simple question, and Cuban is chasing officials yelling at them because he knows he won’t get punished.

    Shaq defused the situation with Steakhouse, Riley did not blame the refs after two losses, Wade has been nothing but a gentleman even when being insulted, and Arison has not tried to influence the results of the game.

    iami is playing with class, Dallas is not. Perhaps you need to look at which team is acting UNPROFESSIONAL!

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  299. A foul is a foul, Nowitski at that point I think had 2 fouls and Harris had 3. Wether they called it Nowitski or Harris it was still a foul.

    Also he has gotten to the 22 lines before getting the same calls. Why wouldn’t het get it again?

    LETS GO HEAT!

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  300. A foul is a foul, Nowitski at that point I think had 2 fouls and Harris had 3. Wether they called it Nowitski or Harris it was still a foul.

    Also he has gotten to the 22 lines before getting the same calls. Why wouldn’t het get it again?

    LETS GO HEAT!

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  301. hey HeatFan post # 321 – they called the foul by Dirk’s hand on Wade’s. Forget the photo, it is irrelavant. How many fouls go uncalled in the NBA? oh – except for Mr Crybaby Dwayne.

    Laker fan (routing for the Mavs)

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  302. I’ll scream go mavs now cause i love nothing more than to see shaq lose I’m a die hard piston fan but for now mavs you my boys wipe the floor with wack shaq’s conceit.

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  303. You know…as a Heat season ticket holder, natually I’m rooting for the Heat. The one thing I can’t understand is why all these Mavs fan come here, bitch and complain…and find “an excuse” for their loss. I have mad respect for Mark and the Mavs…great team, great city..but don’t come here hatin’ on the refs, hatin’ on the Heat. I mean hopefully you guys ARE basketball fans, and hopefully this IS NOT the first NBA Finals you’ve watched. Give some respect! I’ll be the first to admit, you guys probably have a better team..but we’re not exactly an expansion team you know. We’re not gonna just roll over and let you guys walk to the trophy…this is what the playoffs are all about.

    As for as the refs go…please don’t insult the real fans..Mavs, Heat or whatever..and insist that the “refs” WON us the game lol…Cmon guys…The refs were making bad calls THE ENTIRE GAME…Dirk gets plenty of “superstar” calls…just like Shaq, Wade, Lebron, & every other David Stern “marketable” star. Anybody will tell you…the calls even out at the end…always happens. I’ve read some of you guys complain about Dan Crawford…well guess what…for every Dan Crawford..the Heat has to deal with Bob Delaney…the anti-Shaq..and records show, NOBODY has blown more whistles against Shaq in his ENTIRE career (Oh and he did officiate Game 2). And let’s not forget my personal favorite Joey Crawford..no words can describe how many times I’ve wanted to shine up his bald head with the bottom of my shoe.

    D Wade? please give credit where credit is due. Nowitzki is a great player..but so is Wade, and this guy has not done anything to piss you guys off. He is as humble as it gets, and thanks to him..He won Game 3 for us. After this is all said and done, and when your emotions cool off..I hope some of you reasonable Mavs fans..or NBA fans, will look back and cherish what a great performance he had last night.

    Why all the hating? lol don’t know…any Mavs fans going to Game 4 down here….first beer is on me! =)

    Comment by Luis Rojas -

  304. The Miami Heat are a mediocre basketball team at best. All that happened last night was that the Mavericks showed that the only way for the Heat to beat the Mavs is by Wade and Shaq to drop a combined total of 60-65 points, which is going to be tough to do 3 more times. Also I do not understand where the Heat actually think they are so good they can win the NBA Finals. Pat Riley with that 15 strong,NBA final trophy credit card?? give me a break you have a great player on your team in Wade and an out of his prime big man who thinks he is God, and spare role players at best. Heat fans get over yourselves. GO MAVS MFFL!!!

    Comment by Anthony -

  305. I hope Avery learns from this, and not be like Jim Mora or Marty Schottenheimer. Don’t let the door open for a superstar to take over. Just remember though, the Bulls never swept anybody in the finals, and we all know how dominant they were in the 90’s. The worst thing that happens is that it’s 3-2 Heat, and it comes back here. Even with that, I still like the Mavs chances.

    Comment by sean f -

  306. Home court is so critical in the NBA….As a true south floridian Heat fan, I literally stood up in my living room for the last 6min of Game 3 praying for a W. The Heat as a team played horribly and as much as I enjoy watching Dirk and co. his free throw miss was HUGE..And as huge, GP knocked down a big shot. I think game 4 is even more important now. But as they say, its not a series until the home team loses.
    Mark, your my hero.

    Comment by Jimmy Stewart -

  307. Your guys are playing great. Last night was a great game by DWade, but he can’t beat the Mavericks by himself. Mavs in 5.

    Comment by Randall -

  308. Winding down the shot clock is just like playing “prevent defense” in football. When teams are winning they should just keep doing what got them the lead. Dallas wins easily if they keep driving to the hoop and creating good shots. Made baskets allow for better regrouping on defense. Last second misses from outside create long rebounds and baskets in transition for the opposing team.

    Comment by Sean D. -

  309. The Mavs gave it away by trying to play a slow down offense with 6 minutes left. They just aren’t built to slow the pace down and rush a shot with 3 seconds left on the shot clock. Keep the tempo up and Miami will fold like an origami swan. Go into the 4 corners offense with a 20 point lead in the final 2 minutes, not a 13 point lead with 6+ minutes left.

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  310. Go Mavs!

    Comment by Love -

  311. This is what is going to happen. Dallas wins the first 2 games in Texas, then loses the 1st one in Miami. Forth Game is going to go to Dallas, and the 5th game will go to Miami there Dallas leads 3-2. Then Back to Dallas! Where the Mavs win Game 6 in TEXAS and Party it up Dallas Style!!!

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  312. Go Mavs!

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  313. A. Walker of the Heat runs like a old fat woman. Always traveling. What is up with tippy toes? Please Maveriks, please do not try to beat the clock in game 4.

    Comment by Tracy -

  314. Dear Mark,

    Is possible to blog during the game, even though I’m sure its a pain to drag the laptop with you to the stadium, as I’m sure you’ll be more into the game then blogging, but it would be nice to read some inside stuff you could possible blog about during the games. Things we don’t get to hear or see, that the cameras don’t pick up on nor the shitty announcers could report on?!

    Thanks!
    Biz-

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  315. I used to love the Mavs when I lived in Dallas, and even when I moved to Houston. The Rockets just didn’t do much for me. But ever since Cuban got hold of the Mavs they have become a bunch of whimps. Whether they win or not they’re complainers, and Mark is the worst of the pack. I’m tired of watching the games on TV and all I see is Cuban’s old tired face. By the way, I hate Shaq and the Heat. But at least they deserve to win. Too bad, because Avery’s doing a pretty good job.

    Comment by JiggaMan -

  316. Everyone just needs to take a deep breath and relax. The MAVS will win this series. Consider the following from last night:
    1. Wade sees the season slipping away and assumes leadership of the team from Shaq. About time. He scores 42 points, about time.
    2. Haslem and Shaq both make 2 free throws late in the game? First time that’s happened.
    3. Dirk misses a free throw late in the game? First time that’s happened.
    4. Dallas still doesn’t have to win a game in Miami, but they will. History reflects their ability to rebound from heart-breaking losses (see the Spurs series and the Suns series).

    MAVS in 5.

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  317. I was extremely disapppointed re game 3. I felt that Dallas gave that game away. I love Dirk, but he still seems nervous. He needs to relax and play ball. Dallas needs to speed up the tempo. Focus more on D-Wade. He seemd to continue to drive to the paint and I noticed how he continued to go base line. Also the Refs missed (2) crucial calls. Gary Payton appeared to have traveled before he hit that shot and Shaq pushed off of Erik D. Also it looked like D Wade tripped Josh before he attempted to make that shot in the 4th quarter. I am praying that the Maveriks win game 4. That would be a shame for Miami to win the series! Dallas is the better team! Go Dallas!

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  318. So the Mavs didn’t make it last night, or let’s just say it was not the weather, perhaps the Heat (Maimi’s weather – get it ??) got some help from the Refs (as Vegas called and complained how much they would have lost in the SWEEP !!).

    Good luck and next year, I hope to see everyone in LA for the playoffs, as Kobe (gets some help from the Shaqless Lakers).

    Comment by XR -

  319. It was hot and pretty humid on my back porch last night too! The last time I was that edgy watching a sporting event was when the Red Sox and Mets played game #7 of the World Series in 86. I am happy to say that I am a recent Mavs bandwagon guy and love the energy of the team – having it reflected overtly by the owner is an added bonus. I feel great about the Mavs chances – it will take more than a Billy Buckner error to derail this gang.

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  320. please stop posting under the name, dennis is a douchebag. its inapropriate.

    Comment by Dennis -

  321. Go Mavs!

    Bulls Fan from Chicago here. Good luck and take it to them tomorrow night!

    Comment by Mike -

  322. Great game, even though it didn’t turn out the game I’d have liked. In all honesty, I would’ve been sorta disappointed winning in four with two more games like game 2.

    Comment by Robert -

  323. Mark, must be hard having to deal with the Texas weather, hop in your jet and fly to San Francisco. The weather there is nice this time of year.

    PS, check out my URL

    http://www.theu.com

    Comment by Michael -

  324. I am trying to be a Mav fan, have been a Pacer fan for years, but I want to say “wow, what a game by Dampier, a big difference in his hustle and overall ability to convert when given the ball in scoring situations. I wanted to ask how the Dirk and Dampier situation was handled by management last yr when things bet them were not good with Dirk blasting him brutally? I don’t care who wins this year, just great basketball this year…wow, I’ve watched every game I could catch of both east and western conf games….awesome. Hey Mark, hire me, I’m born and raised in Indiana and know b-ball….stay cool.

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  325. D-Wade went off the same way Terry did in Game 1…what is just getting me is how old Shaq is looking and playing…Dampier is running circles around him…I guess he wont be calling him “Ericka” anymore…maybe Erick should be calling Shaq “Shaqica”…and I am a HEAT FAN!!! Born and raised in Miami…Mark, love your team and what you have done with it..I just wish all owners and bosses were like you..you have made Dallas my second favorite team in the NBA…if not for the Heat in the finals, I would be rooting for you and the Mavs..Good Luck in the series, but I still must say GO HEAT!!!

    Comment by Victor Castro -

  326. Hey Mark
    Come on down to Tijuana Taxi for the best mojito in Dallas – just ask your bro Brian for directions. Go Mavs!

    Comment by Ian E -

  327. I think the worst strategy in basketball is playing the clock instead of the way you played all game to get the lead. It backfires too often. Just take the best shot no matter when it comes on the shotclock. You may not see a better one later.

    And come on Mark, post something already. You don’t want to be seen as a fair-weather friend. It’s easy to post when your team wins. But we want more than a weather update.

    Comment by GM -

  328. I am so proud to watch such great basketball. I have been watching basketball since I was 4, and Magic Johnson played for Michigan State. The Dallas Mavericks have proved they can be and are the best basketball team in the league this year!!. We all knew that Miami was going to come out with vengeance last night, and we were not proven wrong. But the Dallas Mavericks have heart and determination and will. That proves to be a great team! Great job, and do not ever give up.(I know the Mavs won’t). Besides, now we have more great basketball to watch!!

    Comment by Liz -

  329. Jrbelle, you speak nothing but the truth. Miami’s mayor is retarded. Of course, ours isn’t much better, but the shrew wouldn’t pull a stunt like that.

    Comment by Dennis is a Douchebag -

  330. hum·ble ( P ) adj. hum·bler, hum·blest

    1)Marked by meekness or modesty in behavior, attitude, or spirit; not arrogant or prideful.
    2)Showing deferential or submissive respect: a humble apology.

    Comment by Dennis is a Douchebag -

  331. Ok, I was going to stay out of the editorializing, but HeatFan needs to get a grip: 1) Learn how to spell & type; 2) We support ALL of our teams – Cowboys, Mavericks, Stars (my lifetime favorite is hockey), Rangers – and are not just fair-weather fans; 3) D-Wade (nicknamed because most people cannot spell his first name) SEEMS to be over his flu – or excuse of the day – and had a good game THIS time; 4) You WISH you had an owner like Mark Cuban – where is the Heat blog? The Heat plane flying around with a sign? The Mavs yacht idea is great – and why was it stopped? Was the Mayor paranoid? *** We love our “Cuban” and support him all the way. He is a player, coach and FAN owner – and all around great guy. Your jealousy is showing! Everyone come out to Games 4 & 5 @ AAC (in thehomeTOWN of American Airlines – not just a satellite hub) and enjoy the show. GO MAVS °O°

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  332. HeatFan,

    You squeaked out a win, and it took the grace of the Basketball Gods to do it, your best beats the Mavs by a bucket, and that was your best, don’t count on another win, bitch!!!! Now, I hope you Tivo’d the win, it’s the last one you’ll ever see again against the mavs in this series. Even blind squirrels find nuts ever now and then, so, enjoy deez nuts!!!!
    P1Jon n Frisco

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  333. Just wanted to say that yes, I’m a Miami Heat fan. But your idea for marketing the NBA Finals is right on target. The Finals could be as big or bigger than the Super Bowl. Super Bowl? One game. NBA Finals up to seven games!!! Needs more hype!!! Keep up the good work…GO HEAT!!!

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  334. Last night’s game is in the past. Over. Done. Finished.
    Our team did good last night. Let’s concentrate on Thursday night to win. Mark, pass the word to the guys to focus, focus, focus. To play just like in practice, slow,memorized direct plays. Block out the opponent noise. Listen to Avery. And tell them to remember how they use to impress their girlfriends or wives when first dating….when playing high school or college ball they had to make the points to score….. and win the game…..they still have to make the points to score….. and win the game….

    GO MAVS!!!!!!!!

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  335. By the way Heat fan, the meaning of the word humble must be lost on you. You came to a Mavericks blog and commenced talking about how great your team is after squeaking out a win by 2 points. Boy, that’s humility.

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  336. Dennis, do your Celts regret trading Walker? He’s great if you give him 40+ shots per game, otherwise he’s got a big bag of nothing. Walker is an Alien Headed spare.

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  337. To THE TEAM, coach AVERY and of course MARK, you are still the ones that are halfway there..
    you are far the best,
    hang in there for the championship!
    Martha & Jimmy~ your fans from Las Vegas, NV!

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  338. Hey Mark,

    The Mavs still looked good bro!

    Bill
    jamwave.com/billythekid

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  339. Heat Fan… Come on, DWade was out of his mind last night, he had a monster game. But obviously unless he’s averaging 42 ppg that was the exception and not the rule. And come on America, enough with the ______ is the next MJ, _______ is the greatest since MJ.

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  340. LET’S GO HEAT

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  341. It was a tough loss, but nothing to panic….it was biggest punch they cld throw at us and as someone above said….Mavs have’nt even peaked yet in this series.
    One question to others wathcing on TV….have u guys seen the crazy camera work….that moves with the flow on the court, looks like somekinda messed up 3D….its annoying….WTF!! C’mon ABC….ur camera crew can do a better job than that.

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  342. LET’S GO HEAT!!!!

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  343. Its obvious the refs are giving Miami every chance to get back in this series. They had to play out of their minds and have help to pull out last night’s win. The third quarter and first 6 minutes of the 4th quarter was the best stretch of basketball I’ve seen the Mavericks play since beating Phoenix in the second half on the road in Game 6 of that series. Like Chad I didn’t agree with the final play call. I could have lived with going for the win. Always go for the win !

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  344. Well I was sad that the chance for sweep was lost.
    I thought the inbounds play was very excellent.
    When Dirk went to the sidelines I was flipping out just like every other armchair qb. Then the pass (a super difficult one) was spot on, Howard was all the way up there with both hands on it. Unfortunately, Dwayne was perfect in his timing as well. Some plays are exceptionally remarkable even when they don’t go your way. Free throws win and lose games. Last second plays are just like throwing dice. If you have to rely on that, you did not play the game as well as you can.

    http://cryptostenchies.com

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  345. Blah blah blah.. How dare you say…”Wades 42 points is obviously the exception and not the norm.” Wade is the best thing that has happened to NBA Finals since Michael Jordan, next time you see Wade on TV or in person, please bow and if you may…kneel! WAde is YOUR GOD!

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  346. Dang, the more I read, the more I cant help but post one more entry. Chad, I totally agree with you…The little General messed up. With 1 second on the clock you have time to catch, turn and shoot. Having your 7 foot go to guy inbounding the ball on the most critical play of the series (so far) is unquestionably wrong. Dirk should have been the first option with Terry and Howard as back ups. If you need a taller player inbounding let Daniels or even Keith VanHapless inbound. But a lob play…sorry AJ, I love ya, but when on the road you always go for the win!

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  347. Comming out of the woodwork?

    In the words of Scottie Pippen 6 Time NBA CHAMP…”A series really doesn’t begin until a game has been played on both home courts”.

    So…LET THE SERIES BEGIN!!!

    I love how our Miami City Mayor sent the Coast Guard out to make Mark Cuban take a Go Mavs banner off of his rented Yacht sailing around the arena. They should have just sank it!

    Heat had 20 Turnovers in game 3. Those or things that can be resolved from watching film. Being out hustled on the boards is something that can not be resolved with watching film. Dallas has been out rebouned 2 times during the playoffs. Both by the HEAT.

    Oh and I wonder why Mark Cuban doesn’t post anything up as quickly as he did in the first 2 games. There is internet connection in all arenas if I am correct.

    LETS GO HEAT!!!!!

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  348. Why was the play called for a lob at the end? Mavs were up 2-0, why not go for the win? You inbound to any of the 4 three-point shooters on the floor and stick a dagger in the Heat if it goes in. At least you give yourself a chance. Have JET inbound to Dirk who has proven he can shoot over anybody on the Heat. Anyone else think this was a lousy call at the end?

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  349. 6 years and a championship – let’s keep it up! (maybe the Cowboys will be better this year too🙂 )

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  350. Mark, I disagree. None of the games in Miami are ‘Huge’ since the Mavs will not be on the brink of elimination. They will be in great shape as long as they’re able to steal one of three in Miami.

    Enjoyed your spread in Sports Illustrated. Thank goodness you didn’t pose in a bikini.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/0606/gallery.cuban6/content.1.html

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  351. BAHHHH.

    SCREWED BY THE REFS!!!!

    BAHHHHH.

    CONSPIRACY AGAINST THE MAVS!!!!

    BAHHHHHH.

    NO CALLS WERE FOR US, ALL CALLS WERE AGAINST US!!!!!

    BAHHHHHHH.

    WE WERE ROBBED!!!!!

    BAHHHHHHHH.

    THE HEAT CAN’T WIN ON THEIR OWN!!!!!

    BAHHHHHHHHH.

    THE NBA HATES MARK CUBAN!!!!!!!

    BAHHHHHHHHHH.

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  352. Hard to say what the worst call of the game was, there were so many to choose from. The missed goaltending call on Zo. The missed wade travel call…

    That said, my vote goest to the Josh Howard offensive foul after Shaq mugged him going to the hole. Someone is going to get quite the Holiday bonus this year.

    You knew it was coming Mark. In order to win the title you have to beat both of your opponents.

    Mavs own this series! Woo Woo!

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  353. Got the the visit to the L out of the way now. Time to proceed to the W column again.

    A tough loss but they will rebound Thursday.

    GO MAVS!!!

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