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Jason Terry Justifies Larry O’Brien Trophy Tattoo with Great Close-Out Games

Before the NBA season began, Jason Terry got the Larry O’Brien Trophy tattooed on his biceps (pictured above) at a team get-together. The Larry O’Brien Trophy is awarded to the team that wins the NBA title each year, so it was a curious decision for permanent ink by Terry considering he had never won a title. Before the NBA Finals began, we said he would either appear foolish or clairvoyant for his tattoo decision. Terry even said he would get the tattoo removed if his team lost.

Now I guess we can call him a genius.

Between Terry’s permanent ink, Dallas blowing their 23-point lead to the Blazers in Game 4 yet bouncing back to win the series, and then sweeping the Lakers, it seems like the Mavericks were a team of destiny. They had the right combination of size, speed, shooting, defense, and coaching, and they proved they were the best team in the NBA this year. They also showed that they belonged as contenders and that they all shared dreams of winning the championship.

Terry, who was called out by Dirk Nowitzki for not playing well enough after the first two games of the NBA Finals, responded by saying LeBron James wouldn’t continue to get the best of him defensively. The Mavericks began running him off screens to give him improved looks, and he benefited from open looks off turnovers to start raining shots. Terry went 6-for-12 on threes in Game 5 and Game 6 combined, scored 48 points, and shot 67%. The Miami Heat may have shot well, but in order to beat the other team, you have to make more shots, and that would have meant shooting 70% to keep up with JET.

Getting the Larry O’Brien Trophy tattoo was as bold of a move as a player can make, and Terry backed it up. He didn’t coast behind Dirk Nowitzki nor did he let his teammates carry him. He earned the trophy by playing better than nearly anyone else in Dallas’ close-out wins.

J.J. Barea Wears the Puerto Rico Flag During NBA Finals Ceremony (Pictures)

There have been seven NBA players who were born in Puerto Rico, and none are more accomplished in the League than J.J. Barea. The diminutive Dallas point guard had 15 points in the team’s Game 6 close-out win, and the Mavs won all three games after he was inserted into the team’s starting lineup. During the championship trophy ceremony, he made his home country proud by adorning the Puerto Rico flag. Check out the pictures of J.J. Barea wearing the Puerto Rican flag:

Barea was a key factor in the Mavs winning the title and he did his country proud. As if his country didn’t already love him enough for this billboard, you know they’ll love him even more now that they’ve seen him represent the country’s flag on the biggest stage possible. He earned that title.

Chris Bosh: Dallas Mavericks Wanted it More than We Did

Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh made it obvious that he wanted to win the title badly when he cried after his team’s loss. Unfortunately it didn’t seem like his teammates played with that type of passion during their elimination game. Though the Heat had a nice comeback after falling behind in the second quarter, they played sloppy committing several turnovers, and they didn’t rotate well defensively. Meanwhile, Dallas never let up and made most of their big shots. In other words, they wanted it more. At least that’s what Chris Bosh says.

Speaking to the media after the game, Bosh said “You always want to play your best basketball at the most opportunistic time but it just doesn’t work out like that. Everything mentally and physically was good. I think with every individual, physically everybody is going to go through pain — they’ve done through the same thing. But you know, they wanted it more than we did. They played great, we came up short, and that’s really it.”

Bosh also said that in a seven-game series, the best team wins. He reflected and said he hopes the Heat will use the loss as motivation, and he acknowledged the team has work to do.

Bosh spoke with great perspective and he was able to find a small bright spot but admitted that losing the Finals wasn’t a good feeling. He said they can only look ahead, and he’s right on. I agree with what Bosh says, and though it’s a long wait until next season, it’s hard to say the Heat won’t be back. They have to realize they had a good season and that although they came up short, they had a fairly successful year.

Photo Credit: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Video: Mark Cuban Drops S-Bomb During ESPN Interview with Hannah Storm

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban remained silent throughout the NBA playoffs, much to the dismay of the media and fans. Earlier in the season he was happy about the struggles of the Heat, so you know he took extra joy in seeing his team beat them to win the championship. When he finally did speak up, he made a point to drop an s-bomb on live TV during an interview on ESPN. Check out this video courtesy of Ben Golliver on twitter:

“Our fans just punked the s*** out of the Miami fans,” Cuban made a point to say. He says his team’s fans were louder than the Miami fans even though it was a road game for Dallas. It’s something we noticed about the Heat fans throughout the playoffs, and something I would figure Charles Barkley would say.

Thanks to A. Liu for the tip

Chris Bosh Falls to His Knees, Cries in Defeat (Video)

Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh is an emotional softy as we’ve come to find out. He admitted he was nervous before a game in Boston earlier in the playoffs, and he appeared to be crying after a regular season loss to the Bulls. Given what we know about him, it’s no surprise to see that he cried after losing in the NBA Finals. Here’s a video of Chris Bosh crying:

A lot of people will mock Bosh for falling to his knees and crying after the game, but I won’t go there. The guy stepped up against the Bulls and helped get Miami to the Finals. He also played well in the Finals. He proved his place on the Heat and he’s showing us how much he genuinely cares about winning and losing. You can knock Chris Bosh for this, but I won’t. It’s obvious he has heart. Maybe a few of his teammates could benefit from sharing his care for the game.

Heat and Mavericks Get into Mini-Fight During Second Quarter (Video)

The Heat and Mavericks had some bad blood develop during their NBA Finals series. There was no real rivalry between the teams, but there were some individuals who had previous beef (see LeBron James and DeShawn Stevenson). While nobody will confuse this series for the real hatred going on in the Stanley Cup Final, they did get into a mini-fight during the second quarter. That there was a debate about players possibly being suspended if there were a Game 7 is laughable. That was such a non-incident, and honestly, would you expect everyone to hold hands and hug at midcourt? Both Mario Chalmers and Udonis Haslem got technical fouls as did DeShawn Stevenson. The Mavs ended up with an extra free throw as a result, but if you’re going to T-up Chalmers there, you should do the same thing to Tyson Chandler for putting his hands on Haslem.

Thanks to Ben Golliver for the video

DeShawn Stevenson: Mavericks Receiving Help from Other Teams to Beat Miami Heat

Once you get into the playoffs in sports and most teams’ seasons have come to an end, tips begin being exchanged. Coaches and players have friends around the League from previous jobs and stops in their careers and they like to help each other out. That’s nothing new — just look at the NFL playoffs and you’ll hear about coaches getting tips from their friends in the business on how to beat an opponent. This has been no different for the Dallas Mavericks, who say they’ve received help from opposing players and coaches regarding their series with Miami. But are these people trying to help their friends, or motivated by a desire to see the Heat lose? Mavs guard DeShawn Stevenson believes it’s more of the latter.

The guys that I deal with, they say a lot of things about how to guard and the way to play them. And coach (Rick Carlisle) said a lot of coaches called him about how to play the Miami Heat. I just think a lot of people want to see us win this thing.”

As I previously noted, teams still in the playoffs receiving tips on how to beat their opponents is nothing new, but what makes this somewhat different is Stevenson’s belief that it stems from people wanting to see the Heat lose. Again, that’s nothing new either — we know the Heat are hated. If they weren’t, their games wouldn’t get such high ratings from all the people who want to see them lose. If the Mavericks can pull off one more victory, many people will get their wish of wanting to see the Heat fail.

via Business Insider, also seen at Black Sports Online