Posts Tagged ‘Miami Heat’

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At the end of every month on the EastSide we take a moment to step back and view the realm of sports as one entity. This Top Ten may include Highlights, Stories, etc., ultimately helping the fan get a feel for what I thought were the best of sports for the month of June 2011.

What can I say about the month of June? It is where the beginning of summer meets the blood, sweat, and determination of a team to reach the Finals – in both the NBA and the NHL. June is the month in which athletes take their games to another level…and then they take it a little higher. The end goal is in sight, and three of the grandest prizes in sports are on the line – The Larry O’Brien, Stanley Cup, and the US Open Trophies. This June however was different, however, because some surprise stories took place; this month select athletes took the initiative to write their own stories, it made for an intriguing month to say the least. So without further adieu, let the countdown begin.

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I want to start this long, emotional piece – and I’m going to try to be as unbiased a heat fan as possible – off by saying that I am enthralled for Dallas; congratulations on winning your first NBA Championship. I will comeback to Dallas and the mark that they just made on NBA History later, but after some thought I decided to disect their opponent first.

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With Game 6 of the 2011 NBA Finals looming, we are all curious to see two things; can the Mavericks close it out..in Miami? Or can the Heat, despite multiple controversies, look like the team that is 9-1 at home and send the series into 7?

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For two and a half hours last night, it was not one player that took over the game. It was not done on the offensive end of the floor, nor did anyone make extremely flashy shots. We’ve finally reached the point in the season where the last two teams, the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat, have the golden gleam of the Larry O’Brien trophy in their sights. So the two teams, in the heat of the game, were getting it done on the defensive end of the floor. Every basket was crucial and Free Throws would prove to mean everything.

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One of the most memorable moments in NBA Finals history was led by the big man for the Dallas Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki, on Thursday night in Game 2 in South Beach, Miami, Florida. In the thick of a third quarter tie – a key point in the game where either team had the opportunity to carry momentum and a lead into the fourth quarter – Miami seized control of the game as they ran their fast paced, up tempo style offense and lockdown defense. The crowd was very into to it, and at one point in the fourth quarter the Heat created an atmosphere equating that of the NBA All-Star Game. It seemed like every single possession Miami would push the tempo off a rebound or steal, having the numbers in their favor each time, pass ahead, and finish with an emphatic put-down. The Heat went up by 15 points with a Dwayne Wade fall-away three ball on the break off an assist from Mario Chalmers; at this point I was thinking that the game had drawn to a close and Miami would need two more games for a sweep.

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