nbammkay:

The NBA will offer one of those cutesie thirty-or-whatever-dollar Mavericks championship DVDs, but the price is always a bit steep, especially for the casual fan who doesn’t pledge allegiance to the champion, but enjoyed the drama and intensity of a great NBA Finals.

This is why I have made a…

2011 NBA Finals ‘Online DVD’

The NBA will offer one of those cutesie thirty-or-whatever-dollar Mavericks championship DVDs, but the price is always a bit steep, especially for the casual fan who doesn’t pledge allegiance to the champion, but enjoyed the drama and intensity of a great NBA Finals.

This is why I have made a sort of “online championship DVD,” compiling relevant YouTube clips and stats into a quality summary of the Mavs’ and Heat’s seasons and the Finals.  There are over 246 minutes, or about 4 hours, of great video content here.

Presenting the NBAmmkay 2011 NBA Finals “Online DVD”

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||MAIN MENU|| - The Finals

~~ NBA Mini Movies: The NBA produced a series of 6-7 minute YouTube videos for each game of the Finals that capture both the drama and the highlights of every night, which cumulate into a nice 40-minute feature when watched consecutively.

++++ Game 1 // Game 2 // Game 3 // Game 4 // Game 5 // Game 6

~~ Game summaries: Highlights from NBA.com (25 minutes)

++++ Game 1 // Game 2 // Game 3 // Game 4 // Game 5 // Game 6

~~ Dirk Nowitzki receiving the Finals MVP award (2 minutes)

~~ Box scores: Complete statistics from Basketball-Reference.com that cover the entire playoffs, stats leaders and much more.

++++ Complete playoff summary // Game 1 // Game 2 // Game 3 // Game 4 // Game 5 // Game 6

- 2006 NBA Finals: Heat burn the Mavs

~~ Miami Heat Championship: What seems to be the 2006 Championship DVD. (59 minutes)

++++ Part 1 // Part 2 // Part 3 // Part 4

~~ Final minute of 2006 Finals: It is possible to watch all of Game 6 by going to the user’s channel and watching all 11 parts of the video. (9 minutes) // Watch final minute

- Bonus Features: The Mavericks

~~ NBA Stories: Dirk Nowitzki: a 25-minute special from 2008 that covers Dirk’s entire career, from his upbringing in Germany to his 50-point playoff game.

++++ Part 1 // Part 2 // Part 3

~~ Mavericks 2011 Top Plays: Different Top 10 videos about the season the Mavs have had. (12 minutes)

++++ Top 10 of the season // Top 10 of the playoffs // Dirk Nowitzki Top 10 // Jason Kidd Top 10

- Bonus Features: The Heat

~~ The Decision: Somebody recorded this copy with a camera, but it’s the only complete version I could find. (37 minutes)

++++ Part 1 // Part 2 // Part 3 // Part 4 // Steve Carell Parody from The ESPYs

~~ Inside the HEAT: Dwyane Wade: A local TV special about Wade’s career. (23 minutes)

++++ Part 1 // Part 2 // Part 3 // Part 4

~~ Heat 2011 Top Plays: Different Top 10 videos about the season the Heat have had. (14 minutes)

++++ Top 10 of the season // Top 10 of the playoffs //  Dwyane Wade Top 10 // LeBron James Top 10

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I have a funny feeling Dirk knew he would have a game-alteringly-bad fever of 100+ degrees before it hit him.  When he called out Jason Terry yesterday for not being clutch, he was setting tinder and kindling under him and flicking a match, in slow motion like a movie villain would as his plan unfolds.

With Nowitzki putting on his No-win-ski mask for much of the first three quarters, shooting only 6 for 19 on the game, Terry had to assume more scoring responsibilities (17 points) as well as instigate some defensive action (3 steals).  When it came down the the final twelve minutes, Terry was 3-7 and as effective as I imagine Dirk was hoping for.

The Burnin’ German (bad fever joke, sorry about that) was a wounded animal all game, or to use a more fun metaphor, Rocky Balboa in the fourth and greatest film in the franchise (don’t let anybody tell you otherwise about either of those labels).  Dirk/Rocky caught the black plague/got abused all game/fight, but when it mattered in the end, overcame his illness/physical inferiority and scored ten points in the fourth quarter/defeated Ivan Drago.  The only difference is that here, the giant foreigner with the fantastic haircut was the good guy.

Despite getting rejected like Smalls at the sandlot by Wade, Tyson Chandler may have been the most important Maverick in this game.  He did drop 13 points, yes, but his 16 rebounds were the centerpiece of his stat line.  A lot of those rebounds were crucial tips that extended possessions, allowed for additional scoring opportunities and burned big seconds off the clock.

As for the South Beach bums (not a play on their performance but on the phrase “beach bum”), LeBron James was virtually silent with 8 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists.  Those numbers actually look pretty good, but it was noticeable watching the game that King James was not himself.  As NBAOffseason.com just-just put it, Take it back, Scottie. RIGHT NOW.”

Bosh had a big first half with 16 points, but scored half that the second half.  I forgot about his existence until I looked back over the game and remembered his first 24 minutes (and the ostrich face he makes when he screams).  It’s a given at this point in the Finals, but Wade was huge as well, scoring 32 points on 13-20 shooting and coming up with two huge blocks in the final minutes.

Four non-Dirk Mavericks came up with at least 11 points to supplement the sickly Nowitzki, who knows he’ll probably have to play better if he expects to beat the Heat the next go around; 6 of 19 won’t cut the mustard.  There seems to be no stats available for Dirk’s performance in games after reaching a body temperature of 102 degrees, so I have no idea what the future of this series holds… except for the customary 10 or so fourth quarter points, Larry Bird comparisons, knee-in-your-face fadeaways and one hell of a ride.

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