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

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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 already got one of those trophies and it didn't mean anything at the end." While the players got dressed, the Western Conference trophy sat alone on the sink near the showers. Fantastic! The Mavs are like efficient shoppers at the grocery store. Yes there are checkmarks on their list, but there's also one aisle to go.

9. Props to owner Mark Cuban for maintaining his low profile/media silence. And when handed the trophy on the victory podium, he quickly recorded an assist -- passing it to Dirk. Bravo.

8. Rick Carlisle earned his reputation in this one. With OKC's Russell Westbrook -- he's forever "Westpunk", because he scowls even more than he scores and he ducks off the court like a classless chicken shit before the handshakes even start -- getting to the rim at will in the fourth quarter, the Mavs' coach stagnated him by applying Shawn Marion defensively and playing a couple of possessions of zone. Westbrook scored 31, but didn't have a basket in the final 9 minutes.

7. The Mavs ended regulation of Game 4 on a 17-2 run in the final 5:06. In the final 5:28 of Game 5 their finishing kick was 17-6. For the last time, Poise > Panic. Especially in the playoffs. I'd rather have the Thunder's future, but I'll take Dallas' present. Example: Down 1 with less than a minute to play in an elimination game and Kevin Durant, Westbrook and James Bin Harden on the court, OKC backup point guard Eric Maynor decided to shoot a foul-line jumper over Dirk. The result? Air. Ball. Nick Collision grabbed the rebound, but then desperately heaved it into the air while falling out of bounds under his own basket, leading to a Mavs' fast break that Marion punctuated with a dunk and ensuing free throw.

6. Surreal scene to end the game. While ESPN's Doris Burke was introducing the new Western Conference champions, AAC's speakers blared "Cotton-Eyed Joe." Was this the NBA Playoffs or the bottom of the 7th in Arlington? And while the Mavs talked humbly about vanquishing the Thunder, the crowd broke out into "Beat the Heat!" Awesometown.

5. For the series Dirk had as many dunks (4) as 3-pointers (4) and made an incredible 59 of 61 free throws. With the Mavs up 98-96 and two free throws coming with :13 left, I'm thinking there's nobody in the world I'd rather have at the line than Nowitzki. Auto. Matic.

4. Cuban hasn't said much this postseason, but if Dallas can win four more games I have a feeling his post-game "We ain't done yet!" will find a comfy legacy alongside Jimmy Johnson's "How 'Bout Them Cowboys!"

3. Better finish to a local landmark home win: Neftali Feliz striking out A-Rod looking to cap the Rangers' Game 6 ALCS win that clinched a trip to the World Series, or Jason Terry's breakaway dunk that accented the Mavericks' Game 5 win over the Thunder and a return to The Finals? I know, easy. Because it was unchartered territory and a public enemy, the Rangers' moment is more, well, momentous. And I know that Terry's dunk didn't officially count, but it should've. Not that it matters, but the backboard's red light illuminated with 0.3 left on the clock, same time the ball left Terry's hand.

2. I only thought Jason Kidd's 3-pointer in overtime of Game 4 was this series' signature play. Instead, Dirk saved his best for last. After Nowitzki missed a wing 3-pointer with Dallas trailing by two late, Tyson Chandler kept the possession alive by tipping the rebound to Terry, who passed to Jason Kidd, who went cross-court to Marion, who flipped it right back to Dirk, who confidently again pulled the trigger, stepping into a 3-pointer that gave the Mavs a 95-94 lead with 1:14 remaining. I've never heard a Dallas sports theater any louder. And the fact that all five Mavs had a hand in the play? Cue the goosebumps.

1. Where Terry left slack in this game, Marion picked it up with 26 points, 8 rebounds, three assists, three blocks and a steal. And when he really needed to, he was the only Maverick that could handle Westpunk.


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staciesilva
staciesilva

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jirkbag
jirkbag

Do Texans love Dirk Nowitski more than Germans love David Hasselhoff? I think these posts confirm. LMFAO! Heat in 7!

PROUDOFMAVS
PROUDOFMAVS

Where did Doris Burke come from? I agree Kerry_Okie, can do without. It was kind of funny when the players left her in the middle of the floor alone. She was like, "uh, Dirk? Anyone, Buehler? anyone? I think the players left me.." funny

ReaderX
ReaderX

Time. For. A. New. Literary. Gimmick.Otherwise very nice post.

Janismarie3
Janismarie3

I am a Mavs fan, but please don't trash talk Westbrook. Sure he has a temper, but he is young and just lost the game of his life. Maybe he wasn't being a punk, maybe he just needed a minute alone. He is human. have some compassion. I like OKC Thunder and wish them the best! Let's focus on positive things, like winning the next four! One Goal! Go Mavs!!!!!!!!

thefncrow
thefncrow

I love how the Mavs played the trophy presentation off as not a big deal.  If it were up to me, everyone would follow the lead of the NHL, where the conference championship trophy gets carted out, someone "presents" the trophy, and most of the time the team captain will just kinda lean towards it for a photograph before walking off without so much as ever touching the trophy.

Scott
Scott

By far one of THE BEST basketball games I have ever attended!!!!!! Until next week......

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

Westpunk? Is that like you saying Portland Trail Bitches? RW, you're better than that. Quit talking like a 12 year old.

David Swinney
David Swinney

I'll second Richie's comment about the noise eruption at the AAC when Dirk hit the go-ahead 3-pointer last night. It was awesome to experience.

dallasmay
dallasmay

I'm just worried that the "Hang in there until the other team fouls out a couple of players at the end, then lay a last second final punch to squeak out the victory" won't work against the Heat. The Mav's need to play like they did against the Lakers.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Whoooooooo! Mavs in 5! Midget, what was your prediction again?  And please pick the Heat in 7 for the next round, sincerely every Mavs fan.  Give me Mavs in 6 for the next round, signed Sporty Prognosticator.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Give me Neftali k'ing A-fraud anyday, it just meant sooooo much more to a franchise that had been considered perrennial losers in the eyes of the sports world, and they took out the kings of baseball at the same time.  this mavs win would have been like taking out tampa to get to the WS. Now if this had been the mavs first finals appearance it would be its equal.

Westpunk fits perfectly for that idiot.  I left this series thinking that I wish terry would have punched him in the nuts like he did finley.  He a complete tool, and until he and the rest of the team realize Durant is their best player their year will end like this many more times.

Carlisle>spoelstra or thibs

I like this mark cuban better than any other mark cuban, well maybe not fake mark cuban but you get my drift

Give me the mavs bench anyday, and especially against the big 2.5's bench.  Methinks Lebron wade and bosh taunted the basketball gods, and they will not take that lightly. 

GOOOOOOOOO MAVSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSTake dat wit chewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

Kerry_Okie
Kerry_Okie

Doris Burke is the Barbara Walters of sports. They even sound alike. I don't care to ever see or hear her again.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Are you really sure he's better than that?

Funny how Bynum really being a punk barely got a mention a couple days after, but Westbrook gets a label that 8 year olds deem stupidly unclever.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

RW dresses like one, is as tall as one...maybe he has that disease Brad Pitt had in that movie that I haven't seen right now...and Vlade will be happy with that.

Richie's high chair
Richie's high chair

He's been acting like this for a while now. Nothing new here, he's trying to be hip, young and cooooooooool. Hence the ripped jeans, new hair and soon to come height extensions.

Guest
Guest

That only happened in one game, and the Lakers, Heat, and Thunder are all different teams.  Different teams warrant different schemes.  Please try to sound more bitter...

Storm_71
Storm_71

That's some mighty good predict'n there sir. Would you have any insight on the lottery numbers you would like to share with the class?

Dant
Dant

2.5?  Bosh is playing like crazy good. You might end up regretting that "2.5" comment....

jamal
jamal

awesome post. 

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

If'n your an OKC fan, you won't have to worry about seeing her til next year...take dat wit ya!

Kergo
Kergo

Take up your complaints with you other loverboy ScottsMerkin; "Westpunk fits perfectly for that idiot."   LOL!!

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Scruffy, I'm going out on a limb here..but..if'n you're listening to "New School' you are #1: being held at gunpoint by a coked up Greggo or #2: your radio doesn't pick up AM..if it's #1, knock twice on the computer screen and we'll send Seal team 6 over there.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

While giving the Tardline their 5 minutes on my drive home yesterday...I heard RW shilling for the eye surgeon...and I had a thought...If a local physician comes up with a talent transplant, I know who they can sign up to be their spokeperson.  Just get that Cleveland homeless guy, give him 50 bucks and a gallon of ripple for his talent..switch it out for RW's "talent" Viola! POW! The Tardline would immediately suck 50% less.  (I'm a sports genius, don't try this kind of hypothesising at home)

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Get RW's picks for the lottery and post them for me...I will then run them through my Redneck Deep Blue and we can jump in my truck and head towards Austin.

Kergo
Kergo

Well,he may be small,pale and bald but he managed to fool a few good folk to cough up cash for his lame-ass blog posts. He smells like a winner!  ...or maybe like wiener?      KERGO OUT!     .....maybe.   Naw!

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Okay, Triple Fake Kerfool. I can make up lame-ass nicknames too, but I don't get paid for it.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

#3, healed arm. I only listen to them during Muser breaks. My only time with them was between Muse in the News and Women Say the Darndest Things About Sports. And I just can't listen to Mike & Mike anymore. But that 7 minutes featured about 30 resets, "New School" mentions, and RJ ego-strokes.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I'm trying to figure out if Richie gets paid per "Greggo" he says. But this morning I started wondering if Shan resets and says "New School" or if RJ acts like junior Galloway with his unwarranted arrogance even more.

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