Let's Go Bulls! But Let's Never Forget the Heat!!

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We're rooting for the Chicago Bulls in tonight's Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Right?

I know, in the regular season the Mavs were 2-0 against the Miami Heat and 0-2 against the Bulls. But the longer the series goes -- it's currently 3-1 Miami -- the more rest the Mavs will get against a more fatigued opponent in next week's NBA Finals.

If Miami wins tonight The Finals start Tuesday in South Beach. If the Bulls win tonight, the Finals start next Thursday in either Miami or the Windy City.

Let's not kid ourselves, as the AAC vocalized loud and clear after last night's closeout win over OKC: it's now about "Beat the Heat!" For those of you new to the Mavs' bandwagon, there is a little score to settle with the Miami Heat.

You're going to hear a lot about this in the coming days ... the summer of 2006.

The tale -- which I chronicled in a March 2009 Observer cover story -- goes something like this:

"The trophy was right there--I mean, right there," recalls Mavericks' assistant coach Darrell Armstrong, a reserve guard on that '06 team. "But we had no idea how to grab it. We're up 13 and during that timeout, I remember looking at our huddle and thinking 'uh-oh'. It was eerie. Too quiet. We had this funny look in our eyes like 'we might actually win this thing,' and we weren't ready for it."

In a lot of ways, the Mavericks are still in that huddle.

Prepare to cringe. And to salivate for revenge.


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TheFanSucks
TheFanSucks

I'm totally impressed with the Mavs in the playoffs this year, and especially Dirk and his amazing ability to will this team to victory.  I LOVED his walk off last night after giving up the trophy....that guy is freakin' determined!  Having said all of that, when the Heat dump the Bulls, if I take my Mavs jersey off for a sec, I give them a 40% chance of winning the title.  The most awesome thing in the world would be for them to beat those bastards in Miami and deny LBJ his title this year, but I have to set my expectation lower, so it won't be so hard IF they do lose.  DeWyane freakin' Wade is my mortal enemy.....I hate him more than any other singular person in my sports world, and to see him win another title against MY Dirk would drive me crazy!! 

Welcome Cleveland fans....there's room for you on the Mavs badwagon against your back stabbing, glory hogging, LBJ!

MB Tankersley
MB Tankersley

I second Scruffygiest's comment re Dirk's walk-off. Way to be a team leader & send a message. Loved the way the ESPN commentator was left with nobody to interview... "Dirk's left... Jason Kidd? Jason Terry? Nobody wants to talk to me..." Giggle.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Why the passive-aggressive open to the post? Of course we want the Bulls to win tonight. They may not win the series, but frustrating the Heat, extending the series, and wearing out the team we have to face is the point. I'd love to see Miami stew in the "oh crap, you mean the door has to be opened before you step through it?" feeling for a couple more days.

Loved, loved, loved Dirk's walk-off. Watch Miami act like they've been crowned.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Mavs in 6, against the Heat...Eff RW, Damp, LBJ, DW and Bosh! Assuming RW gets a bus ticket to Miami, is there a place on earth that the lil doucher man would fit in better..Ed Hardy shirt, check..Cap turned backwards, check..Ripped garanimal jeans, check..Really gay earrings, check.

Kergo
Kergo

New Jersey. 

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Not really sure how it happened, but I'll take it. I've got to get my horrid ERA and WHIP down. And if only I can make Dan Uggla hit, well, anything.

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