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NBA Finals

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    May 20, 2014

    Mark Cuban Reportedly Hired Ex-FBI Agent to Sniff Out Ref Conspiracy After 2006 Finals Loss

    If you'll indulge us for a moment, Dallas we're going to briefly revisit one of the darkest points in our city's history, a time when an unspeakable tragedy plunged millions into a state of bewildered mourning from whence sprang talk of shadowy conspiracies. We're referring, of course, to the 2006 ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry: Validation with a Vengeance

    ​As I watched Mark Cuban and Dirk Nowitzki try to keep an eye and arm on their new NBA Finals and NBA Finals MVP trophies, all the while swigging from a bottle of bubbly as big as a small pony, it struck me just how perfect this night was. The Mavericks -- those soft lil' Mav-wrecks -- were he ... More >>

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    June 12, 2011

    2011 NBA FINALS GAME 6 -- Mavericks 105, Heat 95: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    ​10. You knew it was going to be an intense game ... even before the game. During shootaround at American Airlines Arena this afternoon neither Dwyane Wade nor LeBron James would respond to Dirk Nowitzki calling their mocking video "childish" and "ignorant." Their response: "We have no comment." B ... More >>

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    May 31, 2011

    "Dirkzilla" and the Road to the NBA Finals

    Two videos just landed in the in-box via Friends of Unfair Park. Let's lead with The Association's Official Ramp-Up to Tonight's Game 1 of the NBA Finals recapping the post-season that was, so far, for Your Dallas Mavericks. On the other side is Fort Worth filmmaker-slash-puppet master Erik Clapp's ... More >>

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    May 26, 2011

    2011 NBA WEST FINALS GAME 5 -- Mavericks 100, Thunder 96: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    ​10. Much as I'm giddy over the victory and the Mavs' second berth in the NBA Finals, I'm almost as happy for the way they handled the win. No confetti on the floor. No champagne in the locker room. Not even a drop of celebratory Ginger Ale. Says Dirk Nowitzki, "It's a great moment. But we've ... More >>

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    May 25, 2011

    Mavs Miracle: Red River Rally vs. Moody Madness

    ​As the Mavs prepare for tonight's Game 5 clincher at American Airlines Center, a cardiac comparison: Down 15 with 5:06 to play. On the road. Game 4 of the 2011 Western Conference Finals. Or down 6, 1:47 to play. At home (sorta). Game 5 in the first round of the 1984 NBA Playoffs. The Red R ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011
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    January 13, 2011
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    December 9, 2010

    Avery Johnson Returns: To Boo or Not to Boo?

    ​He led the Dallas Mavericks to their 30-year apex. He Instilled defense and discipline into a franchise that had forever languished with an offensive philosophy. He orchestrated the best regular-season in team history. He was the NBA's Coach of the Year. And he took  ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010
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    October 27, 2010

    Dallas Mavericks Pick a Really Bad Night to Start the 2010-11 Season

    ​Poor Mark Cuban. With his billions and success, seems weird to type that. But think of his plight: In August he came this close to buying the Texas Rangers. Now not only are those same Rangers on the verge of winning the World Series, they're taking a big steamy, stinky one on his Dallas Ma ... More >>

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    October 22, 2010

    Whitt's End: 10.22.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End:*Roger Staubach to Tony Hill to beat the Redskins in '79. Alvin Harper running free against the 49ers to clinch the NFC Championship Game in '92. Dirk Nowitzki's long 3-pointer to secure Game 2 of ... More >>

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    October 18, 2010

    Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavs are ... Baseball Fans?!

    Hey look, now that the Texas Rangers did not in fact pull a 2006 NBA Finals el foldo, your Dallas Mavericks are baseball fans. Very cool. Here's betting $1 that the Cowboys don't find time to produce similar well-wishes.

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    October 7, 2010
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    June 17, 2010

    Lakers > Celtics. Kobe = Jordan?

    ​Kobe Bryant tonight will do something Michael Jordan never did: Win a Game 7 of the NBA Finals. I know the simpleton argument is that Jordan was so good his Chicago Bulls were never pushed to the brink. Nonetheless, Kobe's feat in this series - Most Valuable Player, rallying his team from a ... More >>

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    June 15, 2010

    Keeping the Faith: Lakers in 7

    ​The Boston Celtics have the lead. But the Los Angeles Lakers have the advantage. Right? Boston needs just win one - tonight in Game 6 or in a Game 7 Thursday night - to clinch its record 18th NBA Championship. They won't get it. As I said before the series, Lakers in 7. How's that you a ... More >>

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    June 7, 2010

    The Top 10 Best Character Names in Sports Movies That I Could Think of Off the Top of My Head

    Jesus saves. And shoots.​Why did the Los Angeles Lakers lose Game 2 of the NBA Finals Sunday night? Because they turned their back on Jesus. Boston Celtics' guard Ray Allen - who played "Jesus Shuttlesworth" in Spike Lee's He Got Game - went off on L.A. He hit a Finals-record eight 3-pointe ... More >>

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    November 6, 2009
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    November 4, 2009

    The Best 12 Minutes Ever By a Dallas Maverick. Take a Bow, Dirk Nowitzki.

    ​I remember watching Mark Aguirre go off on the Denver Nuggets in March of 1984. In scoring 24 points in a quarter, the ball just seem to magically, directly commute from hand to hoop. He launched a wing jumper and you knew it was going in. Measured. Smooth. Beautiful. Nothing, in other words ... More >>

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    April 30, 2009

    Kidd vs. Devin: Tweaking the Hindsight?

    I still - as always - wouldn't have pulled the trigger on Jason Kidd and two No. 1 draft picks, etc. for Devin Harris and Antoine Wright, etc. But I'll admit, Kidd has been better than any of us expected. And today - as the Mavericks prepare to enter the second round of the NBA Playof ... More >>

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    April 15, 2009

    Relax Mavs Fans, Dallas' First-Round Loss Won't Be to the Lakers

    While you were sleeping, the Dallas Mavericks officially succeeded in their lil' game of Avoid The Noid. Thanks to the Lakers' blowout of the Utah Jazz late last night, the Mavs won't open this weekend's NBA Playoffs as a no-way-in-hell-8th-seeded-underdog against Los Angeles. Not exa ... More >>

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    March 5, 2009
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    October 5, 2007

    Mark Cuban is " Web 1.0's Richie Rich," Says Fortune

    And he wants respect, damn it. At least, that's how Fortune figures it in a lengthy profile of Cuban tied, course, to his Dancing With the Stars appearance that keeps on keepin' on, at least for one more week. Writes Devin Leonard about the Dallas Mavericks owner's reasons for mamboing on national t ... More >>

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    October 4, 2007

    Meet the Dallas Mavericks -- They're, Like, "Underdogs." Riiiight.

    The guy in the mohawk, that’s Devean George. The big dude dragging his injured shoulder, Erick Dampier. The two with longer hair since the last time you saw them, they’re Dirk Nowitzki and Avery Johnson. And the team that’s walking around and reacting to last spring’s colossal collapse with ... More >>

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    July 10, 2007

    Webber to Grill in Dallas?

    He's no Kevin Garnett, but Chris Webber would be a fascinating off-season move for the Mavs, to say the very least. ESPN.com's Marc Stein sends word today that Chris Webber may not be on the verge of retiring after all. Webber, who's already playedworn out his welcome with the Golden State Warriors, ... More >>

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    February 15, 2007

    I Love Josh Howard

    ...And great basketball

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    January 4, 2007

    How You Like Me Now?

    We're so over Tony Romo. Yup. We're all about Josh Howard now. We're Jomosexual! At least, that's what I would say to the Miami Heat these days if I were Avery Johnson or Dirk Nowitzki or anyone remotely associated with the Dallas Mavericks. Proof that the basketball gods feel horrible about gift-wr ... More >>

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    December 22, 2006

    Yes, Yes It Does Make Us "Crazy"

    Saw Matt Pinto's Dallas Mavs-L.A. Clippers preview and noticed this listed among Pinto's "Five Things to Know About the Dallas Mavericks": "Rapper Joe Budden mentioned Josh Howard's error in Game 5 of the 2006 NBA Finals in the remix of Gnarls Barkley's 'Crazy.'" News to me, but, yup, he's right; so ... More >>

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    August 30, 2006

    Anyone Need a Good Nelsoning?

    Don Nelson can get ya 50 wins, no sweat. Then it's off the bench and on to the beach, which is what happens when you got no defense. On Salon today, King Kaufman--a self-proclaimed "lapsed but still-sympathetic fan of the Golden State Warriors"--writes about former Dallas Mavericks head coach Don Ne ... More >>

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    June 21, 2006

    Bummer Summer

    I know what I'm not doing Thursday night: watching ABC's lame-ass, over-promoted Master of Champions. And because the Mavs weren't as mature or as mentally invincible as they tricked us into thinking for nine months, I also won't be watching Game 7 of the NBA Finals. The Mavs' complete collapse from ... More >>

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    June 21, 2006

    Thanks for Everything. And for Nothing.

    Do you really need a cutline here? When I was a kid and the Cowboys or Mavericks or even Rangers would lose so much as a home game, I didn't want to know about it the next day. Wouldn't read the papers or watch TV; didn't want to catch even a glimpse of my team's failure, just wanted to pretend it n ... More >>

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    June 19, 2006

    From Elite to Embarrassing

    Only a few guys on the planet had a worse Father's Day than Phil Mickelson, and they were all Dallas Mavericks. The Mavs left for Miami a week ago with a 2-0 NBA Finals lead and parade plans tucked in their duffle bags. They'll return home today 48 minutes from one of sports' all-time choke jobs and ... More >>

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    June 19, 2006

    Shaping Up to be a Foul Finals

    "Gary Payton, you're so great. How come you're so great?" And other questions posed by NBA writers. Forget Game 4, the blowout you still can't erase from the memory banks, and we're just a few ticks of the clock away from the title that shoulda-woulda-coulda been the Dallas Mavericks'. Now we're one ... More >>

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    June 16, 2006

    Don't Worry, Be Happy (And Worried)

    Don't start switching the parade route into funeral procession. Not yet, anyway. Why? Never fear, D.J. Mbenga is here! He'll be back from his five-game suspension in Game 5 of the NBA Finals Sunday night in Miami. Actually, the muscled Mavs center probably won't play against the Miami Heat, but afte ... More >>

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    June 16, 2006

    Heat Don't Fail Them Now

    Why is this man smiling? Oh, right. Because he is kicking the Mavericks' collective ass. Did think briefly this morning about recapping the results of my swim team's meet last night; turns out we lost too, but at least the kids tried, which is more than I can say for the Dallas Mavericks as they dro ... More >>

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    June 15, 2006
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    June 14, 2006

    The South Beach Diet

    That wasn't Thundershower Alberto chugging through south Florida last night; that was the Karma Train. And, after the city of Dallas inexplicably unveiled its plans for a victory parade a week prematurely, it ran right over the Dallas Mavericks. Well, that and a combination of pathetic Mavs' play an ... More >>

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    June 13, 2006

    Parading Around The Arrogance

    Look, we all know our Dallas Mavericks are gonna win the NBA Finals. But that doesn't mean the series is over just yet. The Mavs are up 2-0 heading into tonight's Game 3, where the Miami Heat will almost certainly ride desperation to a big early lead. They call it human nature, and the hungry man be ... More >>

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    June 9, 2006

    Game Won

    See, I toldja the Heat sucked. That and other revelations from the Mavs' Game 1 victory over Miami last night at American Airlines Center: Nothing says cool like glowing blue pom-poms. Made the American Airlines Center look more like a U2 concert instead of The NBA Finals. After forcing our jeers ... More >>

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    June 7, 2006

    And You Thought Gas Prices Were Out of Control

    As you can probably tell by now, I loves me some Mavs. I'm a teenager who attended their first game at Reunion Arena back in 1980, an adult who made a decent living chronicling their every move in the newspaper and a parent whose son named the family dog "Maverick." MFFL, as it were. But I'll be dam ... More >>

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    June 7, 2006

    You Better You Bet: Why Miami Wins This Time

    There's one reason I go to Miami...OK, two, because I really should mention the in-laws: the Cuban sandwiches from Versailles in Little Havana. Turns out, those beloved sandwiches--made of pork and ham and cheese and a sweet-soft bread I've been unable to find anywhere outside of Miami--are part of ... More >>

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    June 2, 2006

    Worst to First

    Dirk Nowitzki rebounded from his worst game of the season to the best playoff performance in Dallas Mavericks history. In case you were too anxious about UTA's chances of upsetting Texas in the NCAA baseball playoffs or about Terrell Owens' debut as a Dallas Cowboy in this weekend's mini-camp, the ... More >>

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    June 1, 2006

    The Son and the Suns

    Tractor traded: Do you remember Robert Traylor? He's the backbone of the Dallas Mavericks. No, seriously. Before holding onto our chairs and grabbing our throats during tonight's Apocalyptic Game 5 of the Mavs-Suns NBA Western Conference Finals at the American Airlines Center, let's take a second to ... More >>

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    May 24, 2006

    May Madness

    Dirk Nowitzki is humming David Hasselhoff. Steve Nash digs Nelly Furtado. And Michael Finley, well, he's singing the blues. Those three once had perfect harmony as the Dallas Mavericks' Big Three, but in a cruel act of irony it's Finley--the one forced out of Dallas--who'll be forced to watch as Dir ... More >>

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    May 23, 2006

    A 7-Footer Grows Up. Finally.

    It was all slipping away. The seemingly insurmountable 3-1 series lead. The 20-point lead in Game 7. Both were gone. Happy was giving way to heartbreak. But on the brink of an embarrassing, debilitating loss to the San Antonio Spurs Monday night that would've stung for years, Dirk Nowitzki grew up. ... More >>

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    May 15, 2006

    WWJD, or What Will Jerry Do (Next)?

    In case you weren't too mesmerized by that enthralling Brett Wetterich-Trevor Immelman showdown at the Byron Nelson, you might have caught Mavs-Spurs Game 3 Saturday night. If so, your heart is probably still racing. And your fist is probably still landing air punches aimed at Jerry Stackhouse. In t ... More >>

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    May 9, 2006

    (Flawed) German Engineering

    Dirk had best nut up for tonight's Game 2 against the San Antonio Spurs. Dirk Nowitzki is a great player, but if the Dallas Mavericks star keeps passing up crucial shots, he'll never be an elite player. Dirk missed eight of 11 shots in the second half of the Game 1 loss to the San Antonio Spurs Sun ... More >>

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    April 25, 2006

    The Giant General

    It was Don Nelson who set the table and prepared the food for your Dallas Mavericks. But it's been Avery Johnson who's taught them how to eat. Johnson, known as the Little General for his short stature and stern disposition, will receive the NBA's Coach of the Year award before Wednesday night's Gam ... More >>

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    April 21, 2006

    Sixty Down, 16 to Go

    The Dallas Mavericks started the season with a broken-down Doug Christie, flirted late with signing has-been Shawn Kemp and gave extended minutes all the way through to isn't-yet Rawle Marshall. Key guard Devin Harris only played seven games after the All-Star break. Keith Van Horn was injured mor ... More >>

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    March 28, 2006

    The Biggest D

    Put the Southwest Division race with the San Antonio Spurs on the back burner. Press pause on their pursuit of a franchise record 61 wins. And momentarily disregard Dirk Nowitzki's push for the NBA's Most Valuable Player nod. Tonight in Detroit, the Dallas Mavericks are after one thing and one thing ... More >>

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