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[size=4][b](2) Miami Heat (57-24)[/b][/size]

[size=3][b]STARTING 5[/b][/size]
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PG [b]#0 Mike Bibby[/b]
6'2 195 lbs
Arizona '98
8.6 PPG 3.4 APG 2.5 RPG 46.3 3PT%

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SG [b]#3 Dwayne "Flash" Wade[/b]
6'4 220 lbs
Marquette '03
25.6 PPG 4.5 APG 6.4 RPG 1.5 SPG 1.1 BPG 49.9 FG%

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SF [b]#6 LeBron "King" James[/b]
6'8 260 lbs
St. Vincent-St. Mary HS '03 (Akron, OH)
26.6 PPG 7.4 RPG 7.0 APG 1.6 SPG 51.1 FG%

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PF [b]#1 Chris Bosh[/b]
6'10 235 lbs
Georgia Tech '03
18.7 PPG 8.3 RPG 1.9 APG 81.5 FT%

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C [b]#50 Joel Anthony[/b]
6'9 245 lbs
UNLV '07
2.0 PPG 3.5 RPG 1.2 BPG

[size=3][b]BENCH[/b][/size]
PG-Mario Chalmers
SG-Mike Miller
SF-James Jones
PF/C-Udonis Haslem
C-Jamaal Magloire
C-Erick Dampier
C-Zydrunas Ilgauskas

[size=3][b]HEAD COACH[/b][/size]
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Erik Spoelstra[/center]

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[size=4][b](3) Dallas Mavericks (57-25)[/b][/size]

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PG [b]#2 Jason Kidd[/b]
6'4 210 lbs
California '94
7.9 PPG 8.2 APG 4.4 RPG 1.7 SPG 34.0 3PT%

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SG [b]#92 DeShawn Stevenson[/b]
6'5 218 lbs
Washington Union HS '00 (Fresno, CA)
5.3 PPG 1.5 RPG 1.1 APG 37.8 3PT%

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SF [b]#0 Shawn Marion[/b]
6'7 228 lbs
UNLV '99
12.5 PPG 6.9 RPG 52.0 FG%

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PF [b]#41 Dirk Nowitzki[/b]
7'0 245 lbs
Germany '98
23.0 PPG 7.0 RPG 51.7 FG% 39.3 3PT% 89.2 FT%

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C [b]#6 Tyson Chandler[/b]
7'1 235 lbs
Dominguez HS '01 (Compton, CA)
10.1 PPG 9.4 RPG 1.1 BPG 65.4 FG%

[size=3][b]BENCH[/b][/size]
PG-Jose Juan Barea
SG-Jason Terry
SF-Peja Stojakovic
SF-Corey Brewer
PF-Brian Cardinal
C-Brendan Haywood

[size=3][b]HEAD COACH[/b][/size]
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Rick Carlisle[/center]

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LeBron James has taken the Miami Heat back to the NBA Finals for the first time in 5 years. After everyone piled on the "NWO" early in the season and called King a "quitter" and "choke artist" they've run roughshed over the league this playoff. And James has established himself as the game's best clutch performer in 2011. This rematch of the '06 series will go the same way, except this time, LeBron will be the star of the show and not so much Wade. I like the Mavs and they have a very good team, but in the end outside of Dirk, they dont have a reliable 20 a night guy to counter LBJ/Wade/Bosh. Throw in Miami has homecourt and has faced better defenses than what the Mavs will present, I give this one 6 games. Get ready to hand the King his crown.

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Mavericks will need to pour on the points to win. Don't imagine they'll have an answer for some of the Heat's weapons, but it won't matter if they can make it high scoring games and they play well down the stretch.

Interesting they'll be matched up again. Wade's not as good as he was then though and the Mavs should have an easier time in the paint. Hopefully the refs call the games fair, they prob won't though.

I was a huge Heat fan when the Hornets moved to NO. Really enjoyed the teams with Eddie Jones, Caron Butler, Wade, Odom, Grant, etc. The they got Shaq and I wasn't as interested in them then but still watched some of their games. After that they loaded the team up with thugs like Jason Williams and Antoine Walker so I absolutely loathed the team. Of course they win a championship as NBA history tends to show the team with the lowest amount of character will usually win it all.

These days they only have Wade and Haslem from those teams. Both excellent players in their own right. Haslem has come a long way.

Still I'd rather see the Mavs win. Jason Kidd has put a lot of work in without that championship and Dirk is playing prob the best ball of his career. In the grand scheme of things the Heat will likely win it next year. Hopefully the Mavs get it done.

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Reminder, it's a 2-3-2 format. Some people think that favors the "lower seeded" team if they get 1 of 2 on the road to open the series. I am not sure it makes that much of a difference.

I'm torn and might be letting my heart make this decision but I say [B]Dallas in 6[/B].

I think Dirk and Kidd finally get their rings.

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This is a very tough call.
Ultimately, gotta go with home court and Maimi in 7.

[B]Who's gonna be the Finals MVP??????????????????????????????????????[/B]

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Finals MVP will be LeBron James.

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MVP = Joel Anthony

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I still hold a grudge against Jason Kidd for what he did to my Blue Devils way back when.

Heat Sweep!

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I dunno who's going to win. This will be a very close series and I think the Mavs bench will step up. I would rather see Dallas get a ring before LBJ, but i really don't have a horse in this race. I do see this series going the distance though. That's all I really want to see...a good series

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[SIZE="6"]I dont always coach in the NBA Finals..
but when I do.. I prefer Dirk Nowitzki[/SIZE]

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Im going with the Heat, I'm not a hater. No one can stop LBJ and DW

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I'm rooting for the Mavs. I think the Mavs ability to score in bunches will carry them over the Heat. Pulling for the homie Jason Terry to get that Finals MVP
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This series is gonna be off the hook. I have no idea who's gonna win. I'm waiting for Dallas to fold and they haven't yet.

With that said, the King will finally take his throne and bring a title back to South Beach.

Heat in 5

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Miamis weakest link is point guard and Kidd is washed up- they match up well with Dallas by going small and letting bron guard dirk- Shawn Marion could give Mike Miller or James Jones trouble, but in the end the Mavs are going to miss Butler.

Miami has no excuse now, they've played tremendous basketball as of late, if they continue to play as they have the Mavs don't stand a chance

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Get used to seeing the Heat at this point. I'll admit I'm surprised they handled Chicago so easily THIS year. If they can get this far in their first year, just wait when they start adding better pieces.

Oh and I really hope the Mavs win.

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[quote name='tarheelblue89']This series is gonna be off the hook. I have no idea who's gonna win. I'm waiting for Dallas to fold and they haven't yet.

With that said, the King will finally take his throne and bring a title back to South Beach.

Heat in 5[/QUOTE]

Who is this king you speak of?

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HEAT in 6... I'd say 5 but I think they'd risk it with games 6 and 7 at home! They have to win it in Miami IMO! It wouldn't be right. They could also sweep Dallas!

The only way Dallas even has a chance is if their bench does what it did against LA... Even then I say they only steal a game or two.

They haven't experienced defense like the Heats all year. The heat could in all likelihood sweep Dirk and Co.

I'm definitely tired if the haters
"they'll never beat Boston"
"Chicago is too fast and their bench is too deep"
" Dallas has the vets to get it done, who will guard Dirk"

LOL at all the haters! Who will guard Lebron? Who will guard Wade?

LeBron was right... Not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5, not 6, not 7...

They're bout to be nasty for years to come! Do u really think that we'll have the same roster next year? Hell no we won't! People will play for Miami for peanuts just like Bibby did just to win Titles! We will have the deepest bench from next year until Wade and Lebron walk away from the game together! You can believe that!

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Dallas in 6 sounds about right.

In a game of shoot outs, I'll take the Laker killers 8/10

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I'm rooting for Dallas but if I was betting I'd say the Heat. I hate LeBron James and his massive ego so it would be absolutely hilarious to see him get pwned on a national stage but I just don't see it happening. Having that many really good players on 1 team just isn't right, there's really no way to beat him and it will mean nothing if they do win the title this way.
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[quote name='CCS']Having that many really good players on 1 team just isn't right, there's really no way to beat him and it will mean nothing if they do win the title this way.[/QUOTE]

So maybe they shouldn't add whatever pieces they can to win?

That's almost like saying Shaq and Kobe's titles mean nothing because it's unfair to have two talented players like that. Alright, so now Miami has 3. Where do you draw the line? 1? 2? 3?

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So you want to see teams win just because they have a big wallet and are in a desirable location? I'd prefer every team to have a shot and every team be able to have a star player without losing them to a big city whenever their contract is up.

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[quote name='CCS']So you want to see teams win just because they have a big wallet and are in a desirable location? I'd prefer every team to have a shot and every team be able to have a star player without losing them to a big city whenever their contract is up.[/QUOTE]

So I guess you hated the NBA when Jordan and the bulls had two of the top 50 NBA players of all time, and other all stars/hall of famers on their teams... and won 6 titles while majority of the other teams never had a chance... might as well carry that back to laker teams, and celtics teams also...

And hell if that;s the case then you've never liked the NBA period.

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[quote name='theyhateme45']So I guess you hated the NBA when Jordan and the bulls had two of the top 50 NBA players of all time, and other all stars/hall of famers on their teams... and won 6 titles while majority of the other teams never had a chance... might as well carry that back to laker teams, and celtics teams also...

And hell if that;s the case then you've never liked the NBA period.[/QUOTE]

The Bulls drafted Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen was traded to the Bulls before he played an NBA game. Also the other hall of famers on their teams? Dennis Rodman and that's it. Also Dennis Rodman averaged 5ppg with the bulls and less rebounds than he did with the Pistons and Spurs. Despite being considered a great defender, his block and steal numbers were miniscule.

Keep in mind Rodman was only their for 3 of the championships.

I agree with you on the Lakers and Celtics though. They seem to have always been stacked.

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[quote name='theyhateme45']So I guess you hated the NBA when Jordan and the bulls had two of the top 50 NBA players of all time, and other all stars/hall of famers on their teams... and won 6 titles while majority of the other teams never had a chance... might as well carry that back to laker teams, and celtics teams also...

And hell if that;s the case then you've never liked the NBA period.[/QUOTE]

I can't even remember Jordan. But I do know that he pretty much carried that team and it was so great because of him. Jordan and Pippen = LeBron/Bosh

I don't have a problem with that. I've never had a problem with any NBA team until the Heat somehow managed to get the 3 biggest free agents in the NBA to all sign with their team.

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