2011 Dallas Mavericks' NBA Playoffs: My Top 10 Observer-ational Moments

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10. It was a simple offensive rebound and putback layup off the glass, but when Shawn Marion produced it at the end of the third quarter on April 25 it gave the Mavericks a 14-point lead over the Blazers in crucial Game 5 of the first round, and it restored confidence in the Mavs two days after they blew a 23-point lead in Portland.

9. I know it wasn't a positive play for the home team and it came in a loss at American Airlines Center, but Kevin Durant's West Finals Game 2 dunk over Brendan Haywood -- his eyes level with the rim -- was one for the ages.

8. After watching the Mavs waltz to a playoff-record 20 3-pointers, the Lakers' Andrew Bynum cheap-shot forearms J.J. Barea on a drive to the hoop near the end of Dallas' Mothers Day Massacre 36-point win that caps a sweep over the two-time defending champs. Helpless and hopeless, L.A. resorts to thuggery in a series that doesn't even last a week.   

7. After being mocked by a fake-coughing Dwyane Wade and LeBron James before Game 5 of the NBA Finals, Dirk Nowitzki calls them "childish" and "ignorant." Nope, this wasn't your same ol' soft Mavericks.

6. With the Mavs comfortably ahead late in Game 6 of The Finals and Miami scrambling to get back in the game and hang on in the series, 2006 demon Wade is officially exorcised as he dribbles the ball off his foot and out of bounds. Not even his flailing and flopping can stop the Mavs from a title.

5. Yeah, the Mavs erased a 16-point deficit in the second half at Staples Center in Game 1 of the West Semis May 2, but not until Kobe Bryant back-rimmed his potential game-winning 3-pointer did we really think they had a chance to actually win the series.

4. Down 15 points with five minutes remaining in Game 4 of the West Finals in Oklahoma City, the Mavs frantically force overtime and then take control when Jason Kidd accepts a pass from Nowitzki and makes a calm, cool corner 3-pointer.

3. In pivotal Game 5 of the NBA Finals, the Mavs hold a 5-point lead in the final minute with the shot-clock winding down. Despite being hounded by James, Terry rises up and nails a 27-foot 3-pointer that seals a 3-2 lead. The Mavs have never been closer to a title; the AAC has never been louder.

2. After trailing 88-73 with seven minutes remaining in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, the Mavs use Wade's exaggerated posing and preening as fuel for an epic comeback climaxed by Dirk's lefty layup over Chris Bosh for a 95-93 win.

1. In a classy move, owner Mark Cuban summons Don Carter to the championship stage in Miami's American Airlines Arena. The 77-year-old founding father of the Mavericks is the first to lay hands upon the NBA championship trophy. Tears.

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Rage Fan
Rage Fan

Why do some of you dumb asses come here just to post insults to Richie? Grow up and be men! Richie does a really good job and I enjoy his blog, if you don't then quit reading it. As far as the Ticket is concerned I am done with it as long as they have idiots on the air like Gordon, Dan and the station douche bag Corby. 

Greggo's relapse
Greggo's relapse

I like the collage of previous mavs posts. Cut and paste is great aint it? Its not like another sports team is playing and having a tough time pitching and an even worse bullpen. Oh wait

richie's mailman
richie's mailman

What about when James and Wade were slapping hands and posing in front of the bench?  Those guys were real dicks.  I'd be ashamed to show my face for months if I was one of them.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I'm attending through the miracle of the little Ticket...I'll let the well behaved Dallasites, fight and shoot this one up by themselves.  Methinks that thing is gonna get out of control, be safe fellow Sportys.  Vancouver folks couldn't control themselves last night, hope the folks from The Bridge are on their best behavior.  Stay hard Mavs fans.

Jedis54
Jedis54

Im not.  Its too hot.

Scott
Scott

who is NOT attending the parade?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Bout to head to the parade bitches, suck it

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Dumbasses is one word. Go wash your pickup and drink a Bud in your above-ground pool.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Don't worry, he'll post about football this afternoon.

Rage Fan
Rage Fan

You are a asshole, quit coming to this site douche bag.

Rage Fan
Rage Fan

One word or two, your are still a dumb ass or dumbass. 

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

RW? Greggo? Ghost of Lacey, Ben and/or Skin, Sean's dongpic, Newy?

Normally I don't respond to the women folk, but in this instance I will.  I've been up in heara, up in heara..longer than the midget has attempted to sportytalk.  Now get off the computer and go fetch me a cold one and get to work on some dinner, after you've folded the clothes. And one more thing, there is no such thing as a Rage fan...change your name to Raging Homosexual..I'll give you that..but Rage fan..no, no, no, never, never, never...don't you damn call here again.

Rage Fan
Rage Fan

I bet you have smoked more peckers than Corby Davidson. Seriously what are you? Like 5' 3" weigh 275 and haven't seen your dick in 8 years? Pretty sure the only sex you get is from the internet, you whiny little puss.

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