May 25

The NBA Finals, Will You Be Watching?

By sarahhecht Posted in: playoffs2011
It’s almost time for the NBA Finals. The way see it, enough time has passed since the Trail Blazers were bounced from the post-season that I can begin to enjoy hoops again. They’re a perfect way to jump back in and really get the basketball blood pumping.

The NBA Finals are scheduled to begin on Thursday, June 2nd. If both Conference Finals series close up in five games or less the Finals will move up to Tuesday, May 31st, which is looking more likely by the minute... We’ll know more tonight after the Oklahoma City/Dallas game tonight in Dallas.

If all goes as it’s trending now we’ll get a rematch of the 2006 Finals with the Mavs and the Heat. We remember that one, the Mavs blew a 2-0 series lead to lose to the Heat in six games giving Miami the distinction of becoming the third team in NBA championship history to win it all after trailing 0-2.

With Dirk 2.0, or is it 3.0? Heck, it might even be 5.0 by now... I digress, with Dirk clipping on all cylinders it looks to be a good series. Maybe the Heat will be able to contain him, maybe not. It’s clear that nobody since LaMarcus Aldridge has been able to do so. I mean come on, two 40+ games in the Western Conference Finals. What are you doing over there Oklahoma?

And then there’s Miami. Up 3-1, they’ve won the last three in a row. It’ll be rough for Chicago to fight back, specifically because they’re showing the wear and tear that Miami has figured out a way to push through. But then again, anything can happen, right?

Regardless of who ends up in the NBA Finals, it’s going to be a good show. They’re still a week away so it’s time to plan some watch parties. I’d love to hang out you to watch the game and talk hoops, the Trail Blazers, the draft and anything else that comes to mind.

Should be fun!

Which NBA Finals game do you think we should meet up for? Will you even be watching?


  1. Go Heat! I'll be watching, and have been watching. I pray to God that Dork Nowitzki doesn't win a ring. He may be playing well, but people are already overrated him. Heat should win, but let's be honest, we all know this league likes making good stories, and it benefits the NBA if the Mavs win, so expect to see the Mavs getting ref help like they did in Game 1, 2, and 5 against the Blazers, and Game 4 against the Thunder.

    So, I expect the Mavs to win simply because the NBA wants them to win, but... if I'm wrong there, I'm going with the Heat. Heat are far superior and defense. Seeing the scores between the two series, the Bulls-Heat is all about defense, while the Dallas-OKC series is all about offense.

    Meanwhile, the Heat are playing against one of the top teams in the league. They already dominated the Celtics, will likely finish the Bulls on Thursday. The Mavericks meanwhile aren't nearly as good defenders as the Bulls or Celtics. They won't stop Wade, LeBron and Bosh. Heat should win this one fairly easily. Despite popular belief, they are just playing much better.

    If you guys want to meet up, I'd go for Game 1. But, I'd feel like an outlander, because I know a lot of Blazer fans hate the Heat and are pulling for Dork Noringzki.

    by Herr on 5/25/2011 1:34 PM
  2. Go Mavs! I'll be watching also. I pray to god Dwayne Wade and his cry baby sidekick Lebron James don't win the title. I do like Chris Bosh, but hate the rest of the team. They may be playing well but lets be honest we all know the league loves cry babies. It benefits Lebron James if they win because lets be honest he's even switched teams and ruined a city to get where he is right now. I expect the Mavs to win because they deserve it. They've gone through hell and back and blew some dumb opportunities in the past plus have the veteran composure. It's there turn to win plus their teams playing at a level never before seen.

    by adamshunter on 5/25/2011 2:00 PM
  3. Let's hear it for "veteran composure"! Yay!

    by occassia on 5/25/2011 6:27 PM
  4. Herr I appreciate you man but adam your post got me laughing. I hope dallas will win and thats not only because it would make the blazers look better or that it would be a storybook ending. I don't know about you guys but what I saw from the heat in game 3 against chicago was unsettling. I saw a team that had all the pieces to be a championship team get beat by a team who's offense is 3 guys. I really want someone to beat them just to see that 3 superstars does not beat a well rounded team.

    by Lapinnoir on 5/26/2011 12:09 AM
  5. Hey Sarah:

    I am a western conference fan regardless of who is playing, I even rooted for the Lakers last year--whew, now I said it; but then again I hate the Celtics about as bad as I do the Lakers with KG going bi polar on us.

    I won't get to physically watch all the games because of my work. but I have been watching high lights and reading. It sounds like basically the Heat is putting their bigger guards on Rose and is shutting him down. I know many of the new fans and fantasy fans like the small fast PG, but I personally believe they are overrated and over protected, so it makes me feel good that there is a way to combat them.

    I am rooting for the Mavs, although you didn't elaborate on it, the feelings is that the Mavs got a raw deal from the officials and the NBA in the first match-up because of Wade and Shaq. Will the same thing happen this year with the big three getting all the media attention? I sure hope not. Nevertheless, the Heat can't stop Dirk with James without James getting in foul trouble, so it might be a good series.

    by Hg on 5/26/2011 6:33 AM
  6. @adamshunter, I I have to disagree with you somewhat, I feel that Bosh is over-rated and a cry baby also. Remember it wasn't long ago that he was crying because he wasn't a big enough part of the offense.

    I like James Jones, Juwan Howard and the coach, because they have Oregon connection.

    by Hg on 5/26/2011 6:38 AM
  7. @Herr
    The NBA wants the Mavs to win? Can you honestly type that with a straight face? I just don't get the hate towards Dirk. He one of the more stomachable superstars in this league and he didn't need to join forces with two others to go for a ring. He's being a true leader and putting that Dallas team on his back.

    by ClydeFrog on 5/26/2011 12:07 PM
  8. I'll probably have the games on in the background or nap through them (napped through the past two Dallas games). I do like watching Dirk play but find it very hard to sit through an entire Heat game, so changing it when it gets into the 4th quarter seems like the best bet for me.

    by DHawes22 on 5/26/2011 12:47 PM
  9. Yeah Clyde, I do think the NBA wants the Mavs to win. Look at the officiating they've had. It's the only loyal big name FA that stayed with his team against the big 3. I just don't get the hate for LeBron. People tend to hate on players that dominate their team. LeBron dominated the Blazers in his career, Dirk has not. Dirk cries just as much as everyone else does.

    It amazes me how Portland fans, like many fans, can complain about the obviously biased officiating, but when they see it benefitting another team they want to win, they think it's legit. OKC, Portland, and even the Lakers had the refs against them. The NBA has their plans. This will likely go to Game 7 with Dallas winning it all. It's the most profitable. That's all the NBA cares about, and they control the officiating. Same old story, seen it too many times to actually think the NBA finals are legit anymore.

    by Herr on 5/27/2011 1:17 AM
  10. Hey Sarah! I'll be watching, at least for the most part. I am not gonna root for anyone, but do think it would be pretty terrible if the Mavs lost to the Heat AGAIN! I don't like Lebron at all, and really don't believe the Big Three winning a Ring the first year is a good thing for the league, BUT...I love D-Wade and it would please me to see Juwan get the ring he is after :)

    Which should we meet for??? Is one of them on the weekend? Cause if not, I don't have a chance :)

    by SisillaRiann on 5/30/2011 4:43 PM
  11. How does the Sunday game (Game 3) work for everyone? It's at 5pm.

    by sarahhecht on 5/31/2011 6:52 AM
  12. Miss sarahhecht:

    I would love to be able to drive to Portland just to stick my paw out to shake your hand, but unfortunately we have some added work coming up next weekend that might run over to Sunday; make the plans and publish it on this blog and if I don't get blisters on my knees from begging my wife, I could possibly make it.

    Come to think about it, do you think she would be crazy enough to drive a blazer-maniac 185 miles to shake hands with a beautiful lady when it isn't the Blazers that is playing LMAO? Well maybe, so let me know

    by Hg on 5/31/2011 8:05 AM
  13. herr: Dallas has a MUCH better bench.

    by Bull Frog on 6/3/2011 4:48 PM
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