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MAVS GET RE“DIRK”TION IN FINALS AGAINST HEAT

It took the Mavs five years, but they finally got some revenge by beating the Heat 105-95 Sunday night to win the franchise’s first NBA title. Dirk struggled mightily in the first half (shot only 1-12 from the floor) but he dropped 10 points in the fourth to seal the deal and earn the honor of being named Finals MVP. As for Miami, let’s just say it is going to be a long, long offseason for Wade, Bosh, and James…   

Flash and “The King” Fake a Cough
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade had a bit of a laugh before Game 5 of the Finals when they seemingly mocked Dirk for being sick (check out the video here: http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=6649042). What wasn’t so funny for Miami fans was Dallas beating them that night to take a 3-2 series lead. Look, whether you love Wade and James or hate their guts, you have to admit that this act does not help their image, especially for James who’s under such scrutiny for not showing up in the fourth quarter. Dirk responded by saying “I just thought it was a little childish, a little ignorant. I’ve been in this league for 13 years. I’ve never faked an injury or illness.” Spoken like a true veteran. In what has already been a fantastic NBA Finals, this petty banter definitely adds to the drama. Game 6 is an absolute must-watch.

Flash and “The King” Fake a Cough

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade had a bit of a laugh before Game 5 of the Finals when they seemingly mocked Dirk for being sick (check out the video here: http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=6649042). What wasn’t so funny for Miami fans was Dallas beating them that night to take a 3-2 series lead. Look, whether you love Wade and James or hate their guts, you have to admit that this act does not help their image, especially for James who’s under such scrutiny for not showing up in the fourth quarter. Dirk responded by saying “I just thought it was a little childish, a little ignorant. I’ve been in this league for 13 years. I’ve never faked an injury or illness.” Spoken like a true veteran. In what has already been a fantastic NBA Finals, this petty banter definitely adds to the drama. Game 6 is an absolute must-watch.

Roberto Luongo’s Home Cooking
Canucks star goalie Roberto Luongo has had a twilight-zone-like Stanley Cup Finals. Luongo has now won all three home games played in Rogers Arena. In those three home games, he has only allowed a sum total of two goals…However, (insert twilight zone theme music) in the two road games played in Boston, Roberto has somehow let in a bewildering total of 12 goals. 
Stanley Cup Game Log:
One (in Vancouver) = 0 goals allowed
Game Two (in Vancouver) = 2 goals allowed
Game Three (in Boston) = 8 goals allowed
Game Four (in Boston) = 4 goals allowed
Game Five (in Vancouver) = 0 goals allowed 
Game Six (in Boston) = ???????????

Roberto Luongo’s Home Cooking

Canucks star goalie Roberto Luongo has had a twilight-zone-like Stanley Cup Finals. Luongo has now won all three home games played in Rogers Arena. In those three home games, he has only allowed a sum total of two goals…However, (insert twilight zone theme music) in the two road games played in Boston, Roberto has somehow let in a bewildering total of 12 goals. 

Stanley Cup Game Log:

One (in Vancouver) = 0 goals allowed

Game Two (in Vancouver) = 2 goals allowed

Game Three (in Boston) = 8 goals allowed

Game Four (in Boston) = 4 goals allowed

Game Five (in Vancouver) = 0 goals allowed 

Game Six (in Boston) = ???????????

Déjà vu Anyone????? 
Everyone and their grandmothers are talking about the Mavericks right now, how they are only one game away from winning it all. Moreover, everyone and their grandfathers are talking about how LeBron has been more like LeGhost, and how even when he records a Triple-Double the Heat still can’t buy a win. But lets take a look back at history because we all know the old cliche of ‘history tends to repeats itself’.
Last season, in the NBA Finals, the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics in 7 games. Ironically, the Miami Heat are on the same exact tract as the 2010 Lakers.
LA won games 1, 3, 6, and 7. 
Miami has won games 1, 3, and will hope to win games 6 and 7 at home just as the Lakers did a year ago.
I’m not really sure if this really means anything… but it is certainly an interesting NBA Finals trend. 

Déjà vu Anyone????? 

Everyone and their grandmothers are talking about the Mavericks right now, how they are only one game away from winning it all. Moreover, everyone and their grandfathers are talking about how LeBron has been more like LeGhost, and how even when he records a Triple-Double the Heat still can’t buy a win. But lets take a look back at history because we all know the old cliche of ‘history tends to repeats itself’.

Last season, in the NBA Finals, the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics in 7 games. Ironically, the Miami Heat are on the same exact tract as the 2010 Lakers.

LA won games 1, 3, 6, and 7. 

Miami has won games 1, 3, and will hope to win games 6 and 7 at home just as the Lakers did a year ago.

I’m not really sure if this really means anything… but it is certainly an interesting NBA Finals trend. 

"Mama, there goes that man (coach)"
Mark Jackson has the 3rd most assist in NBA history, is the prime reason why the NBA instituted the ‘Five-second back to the basket rule’, and is now the head coach of the Golden State Warriors. Jackson signed a three year deal worth around $6 million. The 46 year-old has never coached at any level, but lets not forget, he did play 17 years in ‘The Association’. 
"I fully expect, put it in bold letters, the Golden State Warriors to be a playoff team next year… If I did not expect that, I would not have taken the job, and I won’t minimize it with just being a playoff team. We are looking to turn the Bay Area upside down." - Mark Jackson
 Mark Jackson Profile:
Born April 1, 1965 in Brooklyn, New York
Brother of Troy Jackson aka ‘Escalade’ from And 1 streetball 
Play college ball for St. John’s, where he was teammates with basketball legend Chris Mullin (one of the best Golden State Warriors of all-time).
Drafted by the New York Knicks with the 18th pick in the 1987 NBA Draft.
Won the 1988 NBA Rookie of the Year Award (he is the only non-lottery pick to have ever won the award)
Named to the NBA All Star team in 1989
Traded to the L.A. Clippers in 1992 for Doc Rivers
Played in 1,296 NBA games which is good enough for the 13th most games ever played
Recorded 10,323 assist in his career! The third most assist in NBA history only behind John Stockton and Jason Kidd
Made the NBA Playoffs 14 out of his 17-year career
Is a licensed minster  

"Mama, there goes that man (coach)"

Mark Jackson has the 3rd most assist in NBA history, is the prime reason why the NBA instituted the ‘Five-second back to the basket rule’, and is now the head coach of the Golden State Warriors. Jackson signed a three year deal worth around $6 million. The 46 year-old has never coached at any level, but lets not forget, he did play 17 years in ‘The Association’. 

"I fully expect, put it in bold letters, the Golden State Warriors to be a playoff team next year… If I did not expect that, I would not have taken the job, and I won’t minimize it with just being a playoff team. We are looking to turn the Bay Area upside down." - Mark Jackson

 Mark Jackson Profile:

Born April 1, 1965 in Brooklyn, New York

Brother of Troy Jackson aka ‘Escalade’ from And 1 streetball 

Play college ball for St. John’s, where he was teammates with basketball legend Chris Mullin (one of the best Golden State Warriors of all-time).

Drafted by the New York Knicks with the 18th pick in the 1987 NBA Draft.

Won the 1988 NBA Rookie of the Year Award (he is the only non-lottery pick to have ever won the award)

Named to the NBA All Star team in 1989

Traded to the L.A. Clippers in 1992 for Doc Rivers

Played in 1,296 NBA games which is good enough for the 13th most games ever played

Recorded 10,323 assist in his career! The third most assist in NBA history only behind John Stockton and Jason Kidd

Made the NBA Playoffs 14 out of his 17-year career

Is a licensed minster  

An Oldie but a Goodie
Boston’s 43-year-old Right Winger, Mark Recchi, has now scored three goals in this years Stanley Cup finals. Recchi became the oldest player to ever score a goal in the Stanley Cup final (surpassing Igor Larionov, who was 41 when he scored in 2002 for the Red Wings). 

An Oldie but a Goodie

Boston’s 43-year-old Right Winger, Mark Recchi, has now scored three goals in this years Stanley Cup finals. Recchi became the oldest player to ever score a goal in the Stanley Cup final (surpassing Igor Larionov, who was 41 when he scored in 2002 for the Red Wings). 

Funniest Moment of Game 3

The storyline of game 3 had to be the 8-1 beat down the Bruins gave the Canucks on Monday night. The funniest moment, however, had to be when Bruin’s Left Winger Milan Lucic put his fingers near Canucks’ Left Winger Alexander Burrows’ mouth in an attempt to taunt him. 

Ricky Rubio will finally take his talents to the Land of 1,000 Lakes next season

Rubio has agreed to join the T-Wolves next season. It has been two seasons since the Timberwolves selected young Rubio with the 5th overall pick in the 2009 draft. Minnesota will now have a great floor general to go along with All-Star/rebounding machine Kevin Love. KLove actually tweeted, Just thinking about pick and rolls…goodnight” after hearing about the Rubio news. T-wolves fans have to be excited that they will have one of the best passers in the league next season, not to mention they always have the 2nd pick in the upcoming draft, who might turn out to be Zona’s beast Derrick Williams. Bottom line is the future of Minnesota is defiantly a bright one.

*Most interesting possibility: If Ricky Rubio wins the Rookie of the Year next season the 2009 Draft class would have three consecutive Rookie of the Year winners as he Tyreke Evans and Blake Griffin have won the last two seasons.  

2 Weeks of Sports Heaven

Tuesday, May 31st: NBA Game 1 in Miami (9pm Eastern) on ABC

Wednesday, June 1st: NHL Game 1 in Vancouver (8pm Eastern) on NBC

Thursday, June 2nd: NBA Game 2 in Miami (9pm Eastern) on ABC

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Saturday, June 4th: NHL Game 2 in Vancouver (8pm Eastern) on NBC

Sunday, June 5th: NBA Game 3 in Dallas (8pm Eastern) on ABC

Monday, June 6th: NHL Game 3 in Boston (8pm Eastern) on VS

Tuesday, June 7th: NBA Game 4 in Dallas (9pm Eastern) on ABC

Wednesday, June 8th: NHL Game 4 in Boston (8pm Eastern) on VS

Thursday, June 9th: NBA Game 5 in Dallas (9pm Eastern) on ABC

Friday, June 10th: NHL Game 5 in Vancouver (8pm Eastern) on NBC 

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Sunday, June 12th: NBA Game 6 in Miami (8pm Eastern)

Monday, June 13th: NHL Game 6 in Boston (8pm Eastern) on NBC

Tuesday, June 14th: NBA Game 7 in Miami (9pm Eastern) on ABC

Wednesday, June 15th: NHL Game 7 in Vancouver (8pm Eastern) on NBC 

A Hidden Ball Trick for the Ages

First, it was the 1984 Fumblerooski, then we had the "The Annexation of Puerto Rico" from Little Giants, and who could forget the Boise State’s Statue of Liberty play in 2007 Fiesta Bowl? And now, thanks to the Maryland Lacrosse team, we have arguably the coolest lax play of all time