Game 3 Sights and Sounds

DALLAS — Sights and sounds from the American Airlines Center in the hours leading up to Game 3 of the 2011 NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks…

  • Blue “The Time is Now” t-shirts on the back of every seat, along with gold posters across every other seat in the lower level. Shown on the posters: Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, Shawn Marion, Dirk Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler. No love for DeShawn Stevenson.
  • Mario Chalmers missing three straight shots from the same corner spot where he hit a clutch three to tie Game 2 with 24.5 seconds left on Thursday.
  • One of the most enjoyable players to watch shoot pre-game: Eddie House, with his pre-catch bounce and the quickest release in the league.
  • A private conversation between Mark Jackson and Pat Riley.
  • Another between Magic Johnson and Jimmy Goldstein.
  • Heat coach Erik Spoelstra on the stat that says the team that wins Game 3 in this situation (2-3-2 Finals tied at 1-1) is 11-0: “The game is not played in a statistical world. It is played between those four lines and 94 feet. Whoever plays the best and more consistent to their identity likely has the best chance to win.”

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52 Comments

  1. Lakers Fan says:

    Guys really this is ridiculous. The haters cant say ANYthing else just except calling EVERY heat fan a bandwagoner. Well guess what? This is probably the LEAST bandwagoned team ever!! Sound crazy? NO not at all. Why dont you guys stop and think what a real bandwagoner is?

    Im a freakin Lakers fan but yet I can understand what a PLAYER FAN is. A PLAYER fan FIRST is most certainly NOT a bandwagoner! A bandwagon fan just simply roots for the best team at the moment thats winning, whether they like players or not usually. A PLAYER fan will FOLLOW HIM to WHATEVER TEAM he goes to!!! Plain and simple!!!

    You best believe that I’m a Kobe fan AND a Lakers fan. But if Kobe for some crazy reason was not on the Lakers next year, you better believe that whichever team he went to would be my NEW favorite team, whether they made the playoffs, were a lottery team, or won the title!! Plain and SIMPLE!

    There were TONS of Lebron fans from MANY places in the world OTHER than Cleveland. SOOOO they followed him to Miami. ALl the haters just dont want to get it. Well too bad.

    Again Im a friggin Lakers fan, but had to say that callin every Heat fan a bandwagoner is just plain STUPID and CHILDISH

  2. bonik. says:

    @neutral
    what would you want us to do? cheer for the wizards? or the clippers? of course we will be supporting the team we think will win!:) smile, you have nextyear to REVENGE? but i guess KIDD will turn 39? is he? ahahahah. 🙂

  3. bonik. says:

    HAHAHAH! here is DIRK’S REVENGE pretending to know everything. where is your mavs now? maybe talking with the game 4 refs. hahaha! just accept it? there will be no revenge, it will be STATEMENTfor the HEAT, in your FACE!

    • DIRK'S REVENGE!!! says:

      You CALLED ME OUT to come back to BLOGS …

      YOU WANTED TO HEAR WHAT I HAVE TO SAY ABOUT GAME 3 … so I said it …

      TAKE ALL THAT WHINING ABOUT REFS TO YOUR BUDDY STERN!!!

      You’re like the KID WHO TAKES HIS BALL IF HE DON’T GET THE CALL!!!

  4. Lee says:

    Dallas lost today but i expect them to win it in 6 so i do believe that the Mavs will get 4, 5, 6.. it will be closely fought series but Dallas will win it all, they must win it all, this is Kidd and Dirk’s last chance, i hope they pull it out.. Miami will still win a championship if not this season, their just too talented not to win one. Go Dallas, shock the world! you can do it! C”mon Terry, step up the plate!!!

  5. kill me please says:

    This series is full of stupidity but still fun and exciting to watch, there are plenty of superstars and veterans. lots of good plays , and lots of funny acts,( They should try to do amovie) lots of drama, but i think the younger ones will win the finals, http://sportales.com/sports/miami-heat-the-2011-nba-champions/ and soon lebron james would join the stars in the sky of NBA. http://sportales.com/basketball/miami-heat-lebron-james-reign-of-the-king/

  6. andrew pesebre says:

    I KNEW IT!!! UDONIS HASLEM CAN REALLY GUARD NOWITZKI….

  7. Patrick says:

    If Dallas has lost game three, it’s because Terry was very bad, until the end, like in game two.

  8. neutral says:

    Heat fans,

    Every single one of your bandwagon hoppers were not heat fans a year before. It’s easy to jump on the bandwagon and start cheering for a team when you have 3 superstars on your team. It’s shame that it’s take much a town like Miami to become a fan of the game. There’s no doubt the Heat will win championships in the future to come but how deserving and honorable would it be for each individual on the Heat team? Aside from the main producers of the team, Lebron, Wade, Bosh, the other fools on the team are just there. They don’t realize that they were just scrubs playing in the shadow of these 3. And these 3 will go down in history, maybe aside from Wade, as those who couldn’t lead their teams before Miami.

    • OzHeatFan says:

      that is the lamest statement to make, no matter how mildly you try and put it.

      Saying the other players are ‘fools’ who are just there… let me tell you FOOL.

      Regardless of who was a fan when or where doesn’t matter. What matters is the Heat are winning, we will support them, I won’t even justify it by telling you how long I’ve been a fan. All you need to know is, this is a team game, and without the support of the Heat bench, we wouldn’t even be in the finals.

      Yes, there are a few duds on the bench, but there are also key contributors there as well.

      Where is this so-called terrific and deep bench from Dallas??? The bench that was supposed to come out and thrash the pants off the Miami bench??? hmmm… I think they’re on par with the ‘fools’ from Miami wouldn’t you say.

      Mostly 90% of the fans that post here are anti-Heat… and us fans can handle that. We know you all wished for LBJ to join your team last season.. but for whatever reason.. he didn’t..so sad too bad. Get over it.

      If I was a free-agent and gave 7 years for a club that couldn’t support me, thinking of a change..and wait.. two of my good mates are free agents aswell.. and happen to be all-stars too… Hey guys, how about we join a team together and have some fun and win some rings..??? Sound’s like a plan!!!

      LBJ, Bosh & Wade don’t give a toss for following in anyones footsteps… all this talk about.. how they couldn’t do it alone and wimped out…. every one saying their egos are inflated…
      If they know they have to share the praise as the ‘BIG 3’ doesn’t that mean giving up the individual personal glory for the greater good? That’s very unselfish really.

      Inflated Miami egos??? more like bruised egos for all you haters out there.

    • HeatWave says:

      What a stupid comment.

  9. seewhatyouwanttosee says:

    dirk’s revenge you are in denial we aren’t bragging but stating facts miami heat clearly can beat dallas in a fair game we were up 6 and you guys were in the penalty from the start of the third and forth look at the free throws not bragging but gosh refs are horrible

    • DIRK'S REVENGE!!! says:

      You are complaining about the refs … and other dude’s are bragging … got anything else to say about the game?

      If you look at all the posts above it’s just some boasts and complaints about the refs … maybe one or two guys actually make a good point … so I give them credit, and I give credit to Miami for winning …

      Yeah, we can see Miami can beat Dallas, and we can see Dallas can beat Miami … We will see who can beat the other 4 times first … MAY THE BEST TEAM WIN!!!

  10. DIRK'S REVENGE!!! says:

    HEY PUNKS …

    If REFS wanted Dallas to win WHY DIDN”T THEY PUT DIRK ON THE LINE TO TIE ON THE LAST SHOT?

    THEY HAVE THE WHISTLE SO THEY COULD HAVE DONE THAT IF THEY WERE GIVING THE GAME TO DALLAS!!!

    You guys act like TWO YEAR OLDS!!!
    Your team FLOPS FOR CALLS CAUGHT ON CAMERA AND YOU COMPLAIN ABOUT REFS!!!

    Guess what Lebron TRAVELED ALL OVER THE COURT and FINALLY GOT CALLED FOR IT … SO SUCK IT UP!!!

    Like I said keep BRAGGING and WHINING … it JUST SHOWS YOUR TRUE COLORS!!!

    • LovetheHeat says:

      weren’t you DALLAS FANS blaming the refs too in every game the Miami won?

      and by the way DIRK’S REVENGE dont be so in denial coz it was as clear as day light that your FAVORED DALLAS MAVERICKS ARE GETTING EASY CALLS and got a VIP ticket to the foul line…
      your team dont even need to flop coz it’s obvious they have that CALLS advantage all night…

      and IF THE REFS PUT DIRK ON THE LINE ON THAT LAST SHOT, IT WILL JUST MAKE IT MORE OBVIOUS.

      and one more thing, IT’S STRANGE for a team’s fans complaining after their team won isn’t it?
      and of all is they have THE SAME COMPLAIN…
      so i guess it really makes sense…

      • DIRK'S REVENGE!!! says:

        IT just SHOWS THAT HEAT FANS ARE COMPLAINERS .. WIN OR LOSE YOU JUST COMPLAIN and GIVE NO CREDIT!!!

        ARROGANT AND IMMATURE!!!!

  11. DIRK'S REVENGE!!! says:

    Looks like Heat fans are BRAGGING AGAIN after a 2 POINT WIN …

    This was an EPIC DIRK vs WADE battle … Terry missed, Bosh hit, Dirk missed … SIMPLE AS THAT!
    I’ll give Heat credit for winning, and Wade hitting clutch shots … It was a GREAT GAME, I wish DIRK hit that last shot … but you can’t make them all ..

    I am GLAD to see HEAT FANS BRAGGING AGAIN, and BLAMING REFS …
    Cause it WILL BE THAT MUCH SWEETER WHEN YOU EAT YOUR WORDS!!!
    KEEP IT UP BOYS … I WILL ENJOY WHEN YOU EAT CROW!!!

  12. seewhatyouwanttosee says:

    wow refs don’ make it that obvious for dallas to make it uneven i liked how spo used that UNEVEN crazy yall refs are horrible

  13. OzHeatFan says:

    Miami were lucky to get this win… once again they proved how easy they can lose their leads….

    Bosh was poor as farch in the first half…. only 1 rebound??? call yourself a power forward???

    He got some good baskets.. in spurts in the 2nd half.. but that was an awesome block by Dirk when Bosh thought he was in for the slam..

    Thanks Wade & Mario Chalmers for getting us through this one..

    LBJ.. WTF were u doing launching a 3pt shot at the end of the game… you basically gave that game away.. 2pts or get to the foul line is all we needed..if Dallas hit a 3 after that.. you would.. once again be the biggest douche in the NBA.

    • Mr. eleven says:

      YEAH I AGREE, DAMN JAMES TRYIN TO MAKE IMPRESSION WHICH ITS NO NEED TO HIT A 3 AND BETTER ATTACK THE BASKET. HE WANT’S TO PLAY HERO AGAIN, THANKS TO MY MEN WADE, JOB WELL DONE. NOW I DONT KNOW WHAT WILL THEY GONNA SAY ABOUT THIS WIN ESPECIALLY THAT DIRK’S REVENGE GUY?!

      • DIRK'S REVENGE!!! says:

        Read my post below … sums it up … NO EXCUSES from me …

        KEEP TALKING TRASH CAUSE I WILL LOVE WATCHING IT BLOW UP IN YOUR FACE!

    • HeatWave says:

      Lebron was crucial the last two series, but it is Wades turn.

      Bosh hit the game winner.

      With all your complaints you don’t even mention the refs who were the reason Dallas kept close.

      Are you really a Heat fan?

      • OzHeatFan says:

        The refs will be terrible the whole way through this series…I complained about them up there ^^^

      • Mr. eleven says:

        LOL DUDE WE ALREADY MENTIONED ABOUT THE OFFICIATING BIAS IN OTHER BLOG, SHOULD WE REPEAT HERE AGAIN HEHE. GOOD THING YOU SAID 5 VS. 8 TONIGHT…I LOVE THAT WITH THE HELP OF REFEREE’S 🙂

      • HeatWave says:

        My bad guys, lol.

  14. Francisco says:

    a delivery effort of the league(officiating) to give this game to DALLAS , but justice was served

  15. LOLakers says:

    Yes! I knew Phallus couldn’t win! Take that Phallus fans! We took you out on your own home court and now it’s just a matter of time until we win the series! Miami in 5!

  16. HeatWave says:

    Wow all that help from the refs and Dallas still lost!

  17. Ava says:

    GET ‘EM HEAT!

  18. Ava says:

    what’s the score @09:30?

  19. DIRK'S REVENGE!!! says:

    Nice FLOP by Wade to get the loose ball foul call …

    His ACTING SKILL takes his game to the next level …

    Wade and James are great players … but it looks like they have NO SENSE of SPORTSMANSHIP or DIGNITY …

    Don’t HATE THE PLAYER … HATE THE GAME … SO BALLERS PLEASE JUST STOP FLOPPING!!!!!

    • Usuck says:

      Like how your Dirk Flop a lot.. haha

      • DIRK'S REVENGE!!! says:

        When did Dirk Flop in that game … can you name the play?

        DIDN’T THINK SO!!!!

      • Usuck2 says:

        your boy Dirk FLOPPED at 7:20 during 2nd Quarter. Got his and-1 by FLOPPING on Mike Miller after a fastbreak. now quit whining DIRK’S REVENGE!!!

      • DIRK'S REVENGE!!! says:

        Usuck & Usuck2 … your name describes YOU WELL!

    • Mr. eleven says:

      AND YOU’RE THE ONE WHO IS MOST NO SENSE AT ALL…SUCK*R

      • DIRK'S REVENGE!!! says:

        The word is NONSENSE … not NO SENSE … a person can’t be NO SENSE … they can MAKE NO SENSE … Is that what you were TRYING to say?

        Keep trying, you’re doing REALLY WELL for an 11 YO … (That is why you have that screen name right ..)

    • HeatWave says:

      Nice shot by Dirk Go-Brickski at the end.

  20. nba says:

    Its on now this is military combat Dallas WINS no questions asked. were protecting our home court best believe this night ours man. WE ALSO TAKEN GAME 4

  21. JB says:

    i am bulls fan since MJ time but this year goes to mavs time dirk n kidd’s to have that ring

  22. Tony Westside says:

    oh hush ZED6661. Nobody likes the Mavs. THEY SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go Heat. We blazin hot boyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. ZED6661 says:

    I’m a Denver boy my self (Nuggetsfan) but truly I think it’s Dirk’s time man come on. Let’s do it Dallas!

  24. Kman says:

    GO GO POWER HEAT!

  25. Joe says:

    Lets hope the best team will win. i kind of hope dallas because this might be their last chance since theyre getting old and miami has the next 5+ years to win

  26. OzHeatFan says:

    hope Kidd doesn’t shave his head… he will be a little less aerodynamic and therfore a little bit slower… haha

    GO HEAT!!