Dirk Nowitzki and Lebron James seems to be battling each other out this year for the 2011 NBA Finals as both Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks has advanced after dispatching the Chicago Bulls and Oklahoma City Thunder in the Easter and Western Conference Finals, each with five games.
The two dream teams will be facing their first match on Tuesday, 9 PM EST at Miami turf. The game can be watched live via ABC.
Here’s the 2011 NBA Finals schedule in eastern standard time. All games are on ABC in the United States and TSN in Canada.
* Game 1: Tue., May 31 in Miami, 9 p.m.
* Game 2: Thu., June 2 in Miami, 9 p.m.
* Game 3: Sun., June 5 in Dallas, 8 p.m.
* Game 4: Tue., June 7 in Dallas, 9 p.m.
* Game 5: Thu., June 9 in Dallas, 9 p.m.
* Game 6: Sun., June 12 in Miami, 8 p.m.
* Game 7: Tue., June 14 in Miami, 9 p.m.
Miami Heat had their late comeback in the quarterfinal series at the Eastern Conference Finals, defeating Chicago Bulls while it was an easier job for the Dallas Mavericks to trample the young Oklahoma City Thunder team. With Lebron James who left the Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh – with their eyes on winning the championships for the Heat.
Dallas Mavericks had Dirk Nowitzki, averaging to 28.4 points, 9.3 rebounds per game in the Playoffs. In 2006 Finals, Mavericks lost to Heat, which was the lead by Shaquille O’Neal and Wade.
Dwyane Wade led all Miami Heat scorers with 28 points while LeBron James came up with a near triple-double performance with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists as Miami defeated the Toronto Raptors 103-95 on Wednesday.
In what was like a homecoming of sorts, the third part of Miami’s Big Three Chris Bosh finished with 25 points against his former team.
Wade scored on an and-one situation to give Miami an 88-79 lead with 6:37 left in the fourth quarter. The Raptors cut the lead 88-84 on a 5-0 run led by back-to-back baskets from DeMar DeRozan.
James hit five free throws in the next two minutes of action to give the Heat a 93-87 lead with less than 4 minutes to play.
Toronto threatened once again at 94-90 with less than three minutes to play on Bargnani’s three-point basket.
James hit one more free throw, DeRozan missed a reverse layup and Erick Dampier score on a putback of Wade’s miss attempt to give the Heat a 97-90 lead with less than two minutes to play.
Bargnani had 38 points for the Raptors, 17 of them coming in the fourth quarter. DeRozan had 24 points in 42 minutes of action.
The Boston Celtics leaned on Rajon Rondo to win 85-82 against Eastern Conference rival Miami Heat on Sunday. Rondo came up with a triple-double performance, finishing with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
LeBron James missed a free throw in the final seconds that helped the Celtics escape with the victory. James had 22 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for Miami. Chris Bosh had 24 points and 10 rebounds while Dwayne Wade had 16 points for the Heat. The Big Three of Miami scored all but 20 of the team’s total output.
The Celtics are now at the top spot of the East and have a 3-0 edge over the Heat this season. Miami has a chance to salvage a season sweep when they meet Boston again in April.
Kevin Garnett led the Celtics in scoring with 19 points. Paul Pierce managed to score just a single point on a bad shooting night but Kendrick Perkins made up with 15 points. Ray Allen finished with 13 points, Glen Davis had 16 and Von Wafer had 10 off the bench.
LeBron James scored 41 points, hauled down 13 rebounds and issued 8 assists in an almost triple-double to power the Miami Heat to a 117-112 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night. Miami is currently on a seven-game winning streak.
The Heat allowed the Pacers to score 97 points in the first three quarters. By the fourth quarter they only allowed 15 points from the Pacers with good defense.
Miami trailed 66-52 in the second quarter when James went on a roll to cut the deficit at halftime, 66-63.
Chris Bosh scored 19 points and pulled down 7 rebounds, Dwayne Wade had 17 points and 7 assists while Mario Chalmers had 16 points for the Heat. Miami is now five games ahead of Atlanta to lead the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference.
Young talent Roy Hibbert had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Pacers. Danny Granger had 19, Darren Collison finished with 15 points while Josh McRoberts finished with 12 points. The Pacers also got help from the bench with Tyler Hansbrough scoring 18 and Dahntay Jones with 11 points but James’ performance was just overpowering on Tuesday.
Dwayne Wade scored 22 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and issued 10 assists to lead the Miami Heat to a 109-97 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday. Wade shook off a sore back to power the Heat to their fifth straight win.
LeBron James carried the load for Miami with 51 points the night before to beat the Orlando Magic. This time it was Wade who played wounded hero with his fourth career triple-double. James nearly scored a triple-double as well with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Four starters from Miami scored in double-digits. Chris Bosh had 14 points while Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 13 points on 6 of 7 shooting from the field in only 18 minutes of court action.
Eddie House played big off the bench, making three straight triples to finish with 16 points. Mike Miller went three-for-three from the three-point area to finish with 13 points.
Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson each scored 25 points for the Bobcats. Boris Diaw and Gerald Henderson had 14 points each.
DJ Augustin was held down to 4 points while the Miami bench contributed well offensively. The Heat led all game, the lowest at six points, and took control in the fourth quarter when House went on a shooting streak.
The Miami Heat scored another win on Tuesday but this time it was tougher than what the final score actually showed. The Heat struggled offensively in the second and most of the third quarter but found a way to break away in the fourth quarter to beat the Milwauke Bucks, 101-89.
Dwayne Wade topscored with 34 points, LeBron James had 25 points and dished out 9 assists and big man Chris Bosh had 19 points and 12 rebounds for Miami which has won 19 of its last 20 games. Miami also got big baskets from its bench in the endgame. James Jones hit a three-pointer while Mario Chalmers hit two triples to cap off a strong finish for the Heat.
John Salmons led the Bucks with 18 points, center Andrew Bogut added 16 and Keyon Dooling had 14 points.
The Bucks led 51-47 at halftime but it was slowly chipped off by James on consecutive fastbreak drives.
Bucks head coach Scott Skiles was called for two technical fouls but was not ejected since the call was not for unsportsmanlike conduct. However, the barrage of three-pointers by Miami came in just a few seconds after the call. Those were telling blows to the Bucks as they never recovered.
The hottest team in the NBA has done it again. The Miami Heat trailed by as much as 20 points against the Golden State Warriors but somehow found a way to prevail 114-107 on Saturday night. After a shaky start this season, the Heat has now won the last 17 of its 18 games.
LeBron James scored 25 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished out 10 assists for Miami. Dwayne Wade also finished with 25 points, pulled down 6 rebounds and had 8 assists. The third person in Miami’s Big Three, Chris Bosh, scored 20 points and pulled down 11 rebounds.
The Warriors scored 36 points in each of the first two quarters to lead 72-58 at halftime. Golden State was then limited to 35 second half points.
Dorell Wright led the Warriors with 30 points 12 of 21 field goal shooting and 6 of 13 shooting from three-point range. Monta Ellis had 25 points for Golden State, Stephen Curry added 15 points and David Lee had a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Carlos Arroyo added 11 points for Miami while reserve James Jones added 13 points.
Golden State led by as much as 20 points in the first half but Miami made three straight baskets to trim the lead down to 14 points, 72-58 at the halftime break.
The Heat tightened up on defense as the Warriors missed their first nine field goal attempts that allowed a 15-3 run by Miami. The Warriors were limited to 12 points in the third quarter. By end of the third, Miami was just trailing by one, 84-83.
Chris Bosh gave the Heat the lead for good with two free throws within the first minute of the last quarter. From that point on, it was all Heat as the Warriors never got the lead back again.
Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem just made news in a manner that may adversely create an impact on the Miami Heat. Haslem was arrested on Sunday for speeding, illegal car window tinting and possession of marijuana. He was driving his 2008 Mercedes Benz at 78 miles per hour in a 60 miles per hour zone when he was apprehended at around 3 p.m.
The apprehending officer became suspicious when the apprehended vehicle smelled like marijuana. A search of the vehicle yielded about 20 grams of marijuana that Haslem’s companion Antwain Fleming claimed to be his and not Haslem’s. At 10 p.m. of the same day, Haslem was released without certainty if he would face charges just like Fleming.
This may affect the Heat as Haslem could be suspended early in the season for this misdemeanor.
The Miami Heat of the NBA have just formed one of the strongest teams on paper in the offseason with LeBron James and Chris Bosh joining Dwayne Wade. Role players have been signed to beef up their roster from the free agent pool to support the Heat’s big three.
Udonis Haslem and Dwayne Wade have been playing together in Miami for the last seven years. They have been part of the Miami Heat that won only 15 games in the 2008 NBA season. Now that the Heat has its own version of the big three in Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh, they are instant contenders. The three NBA superstars have agreed to a pay cut for an opportunity to play together, making it so much easier for Haslem to decide to stay where he really wants to. There are also unofficial reports that Haslem’s friend Mike Miller has agreed to join the Heat. Haslem and Miller played together as Florida Gators.
Now Haslem is re-signing with the Miami Heat even if he stands to earn less than what other teams have to offer. This, Haslem says, would be an opportunity for another championship run and at the same time be where he wants to be… to stay close to home.
It happened a few days after NBA legend Michael Jordan commented that LeBron James “took the easy way out” by joining fellow NBA superstars Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami. This time another NBA legend, Earvin “Magic” Johnson of the Los Angeles Lakers said that he would not join forces with Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics just to win an NBA championship.
Magic and Bird were rivals dating back to their college playing days. When Johnson played for Michigan State, they beat Bird and his Indiana State squad in the NCAA 1979 season. In the NBA, they had a storied rivalry in the 1980’s prior to the Michael Jordan era with the Chicago Bulls.
As quoted on Bloomberg News, “We didn’t think about it ‘cause that’s not what we were about,” said Magic. “From college, I was trying to figure out how to beat Larry Bird.” Johnson added.
Two Hall of Famers have spoken about the “decision”. Are we expecting Larry Bird, Julius Erving, Charles Barkley, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and others to follow suit?