The 2011 NBA Finals have arrived, and the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat have been getting ready for war comes Tuesday, May 31 at Miami's American Airlines Arena. The Heat will have the advantage of playing on their court in the best-of-seven series. For the rabid fan, witness this NBA Finals schedule and match-up story.
NBA Finals schedule: Watch on ABC, listen on ESPN and Sirius
All 2011 NBA Finals games will air on ABC TV and broadcast on ESPN Radio and Sirius XM satellite radio. The game schedule is as follows:
Game 1: Tuesday, May 31 in Miami, 9 p.m. ET Game 2: Thursday, June 2 in Miami, 9 p.m. ET Game 3: Sunday, June 5 in Dallas, 8 p.m. ET Game 4: Tuesday, June 7 in Dallas, 9 p.m. ET Game 5 (if necessary): Thursday, June 9 in Dallas, 9 p.m. ET Game 6 (if necessary): Sunday, June 12 in Miami, 8 p.m. ET Game 7 (if necessary): Tuesday, June 14 in Miami, 9 p.m. ET
Miami Heat's dynamic duo to play
Defenses hate playing against LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. They are a dynamic duo that plays for the Miami Heat. Both individuals are superstars who can score in nearly any way imaginable, and as the season progressed, they learned how to play alongside one another effectively.
"King" James ends up with the ball when the Heat is in danger though. He is huge and athletic. He also has a great basketball IQ which helps a ton. Dallas will have to work a lot on his teammates which might be hard with Wade. If Chris Bosh plays to the letter of his ability as well and Udonis Haslem manages to bang Dirk Nowitzki into a pulp of nerves and bruises the Miami Heat will win the 2011 NBA Finals in five games.
Keeping Nowitzki scared to play with veterans of the sport
Careful passing and a commitment to challenging James and Wade on the offensive end won't only ensure the Dallas Mavericks remain in the series, but it should spell victory against the less experienced Heat. Haslem will notice Dirk Nowitzki as he did really well in the playoffs (28.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game) and has gotten much stronger in his lower body strength. The veterans Kidd and Terry, both Jasons, will help a lot too. The same could be said for Shawn "The Matrix" Marion, who has made key plays.
Kidd, Terry and Marion may all work very hard. Their opportunities for a championship are decreasing as they get older. The "soft" Nowitzki has finally toughened up too. With the instant offense of Jose Barea and length of Tyson Chandler, the Dallas Mavericks - barring injuries - will defeat the Miami Heat in seven games.
Wait until next year, LeBron.