Will Derrick Rose Become an All-Star Again?

Since his return to the Chicago Bulls line-up after a barrage of injuries that sidelined him for a long time, people are wondering whether Derrick Rose, NBA’s youngest ever MVP, can still get back to his old All-Star form. My thoughts? A big yes. Well I was partially being logical and partially being hopeful about it since I am a fan of his. Why big yes? It is because I think Rose did all the right things. He took his time. He was very serious and careful about his recovery. He took all the necessary steps in order to fully regain his health. Now that the Bulls has a new coach in Fred Holberg, who’s very much different from Thibodeau, the future seems to be a bit brighter for Rose.

He may not win the MVP award again but I do think he can still put up a string of All-Star caliber seasons. Rose is a very talented basketball player. He’s very athletic and he has a high basketball IQ. He also has the killer instinct and he’s a clutch player. He may need to let go of some explosive moves to prolong his longevity but he may also add some veteran tricks to his arsenal. He should learn from the great NBA players of the past who are not that athletic but are very successful because they are smart enough to hang with the more explosive and stronger players. I could give a couple of names. Steve Nash and John Stockton. You can also add Tony Parker to the list. Dwayne Wade has also tweaked his game a bit. He is a lot less explosive but he has improved his finesse and shooting ability. Many have counted out Wade but look at his numbers now, 20+ points per game in his first few games this season. Rose should do the same thing.

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Dallas Mavericks Wins Game 6 and Captures the 2011 NBA Finals Title

The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat, 105-95 to capture the 2011 NBA Finals Title. Dirk Nowitzki showed excellent 4th quarter performance to help his team get past the heat and win the series, 4-2.

During the first half, when Nowitzki was having rough times on the court, Jason Terry took charge of the scoring by sinking in 19 points. The Mavs were up by 2 at the half, 53-51.

Nowitzki took over the closing period, scoring layup after layup in the final minutes, sealing the victory for the Mavs. Nowitzki compiled 21 points and 11 rebounds while Terry scored 27 points. Jason Kidd scored added 9 points and 8 assists. J.J. Barea and Shawn Marion scored 15 and 12 points respectively.

The Miami Heat gave their all but it wasn’t enough. Lebron James scored 21 points, Dwayne Wade was limited to 17 points while Chris Bosh added 19. The Heat will be back to the drawing board as they analyze their mistakes in the series.

Let’s not forget Jason Kidd, who also got his first NBA title. He is now 38 years old and this season might be his last. What a sweet ending to an unforgettable career for the all-star point guard.

It was indeed a double victory for Dirk Nowitzki. Besides the NBA crown, he was declared as the Finals MVP. The Dallas Mavericks has finally etched their revenge over the Heat who defeated them in the Finals last 2006. Congratulations to the Dallas Mavericks for winning the 2011 NBA Championships!

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NBA Finals 2011 – Dallas (112) Beats Miami (103) in Game 5 to Gain 3-2 Series Lead

It was close game all through-out. Lebron James did his best to take over the game with a triple-double but in the closing minutes of the game, he had an offensive foul and missed a crucial 3-pointer.

With just 1:26 left in the clock, the Mavs were up by five, 100-105. Bosh splits his two free throws, leaving Dallas with 4-point lead. Jason Terry then makes a huge 3-pointer to put their lead up to 7 points, 100-108. Lebron goes for a layup to put the lead down to five. The Heat went for an intentional foul and Kidd hits the two free throws, putting the Dallas lead back to seven, 103-110. Wade missed a 3-pointer in what seems to be their last hope. Terry closes the game by sinking two free throws. The game ends at 103-112. Dallas wins Game 5 and is now in the brink of winning the 2011 NBA Finals, with a 3-2 series lead.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 29 points, including a game-turning dunk with 2:45 remaining on the clock. Four other Mavs players had double-digit scores. Jason Kidd and Tyson Chandler finishes with 13 points apiece, J.J. Barea scored 17 points and the late game hero, Jason Terry, scored 21 points.

Lebron James promised to improve his game (and who said it’s “now or never”) but failed to deliver, again, in the fourth quarter. However he finishes up with a triple-double, 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Dwayne Wade finishes up with 23 points and 8 assists despite having a hip injury. Chris Bosh added 19 points and 10 rebounds.

The Dallas Mavericks will have a chance to close the series and win the NBA title on Game 6 as they head back to Miami on June 12th. The game starts at 8PM EDT.

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NBA Finals: Dallas Wins Game 4, Series Tied at 2-2

The Dallas Mavericks came from behind and took out the Miami Heat, 86-83, to win Game 4 of the 2011 NBA Finals. The series is now tied at 2 games apiece.

Dirk Nowitzki led the scoring with 21 points despite battling a flu but the hero of the game was starting center, Tyson Chandler, who had a double-double performance grabbing 16 rebounds and scoring 13 points. Shawn Marion and Jason Terry contributed to the firepower of the Mavs by adding 16 points and 17 points respectively.

Lebron James was limited to only 8 points but had a near triple double performance with 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Dwayne Wade had another monster scoring game with 32 points. Chris Bosh gave a solid performance with 24 points and 6 rebounds.

Nowitzki scored a crucial layup with only 14.4 seconds remaining on the clock giving Dallas a 3-point lead. Miami decided to go for a quick 2 and Wade scored a dunk that reduced the lead of Dallas to 1 point. Miami went for an intentional foul and Jason Terry bagged the two free throws, giving Dallas a three point lead with only 6.7 seconds remaining on the clock. Wade messed up an inbound pass and knocked the ball back to Mike Miller who attempted a game tying 3-pointer. The ball didn’t even hit the ring.

Game 5 is scheduled on June 9, 9:00PM, still at Dallas. This will be the last home game for the Mavs.

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