Posts Tagged ‘NBA Finals’

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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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In light of the recent criticism that Lebron James has received for his extremely mediocre performances in Game 4 and the fourth quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Finals, I decided to do a write-up on the most outstanding moments by a single player in a Championship setting because I’m sure – if you are like me (Lebron fan or not) – you don’t want to hear anything more about ‘The King.’ I wanted to tie this Top 5 into this year’s Finals, alluding to the fact that something is likely going to happen in the next two games from LeBron, Wade, or Dirk that is going to drop our jaws. Whether you believe it or not, odds are it’s going to happen. Iconic moments in the Finals have been cherished via memory for years upon years by NBA Fans; and if something amazing happens in the next two games – Sunday or Tuesday – we will be able to compare the event to those of the past that I am about to dig in to. So without further adieu I give you, in my opinion, the top Final’s moments. Roll the Clips!

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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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