Game 6 Sights And Sounds

MIAMI — Sights and sounds from AmericanAirlines Arena in the hours leading up to Game 6 of the 2011 NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks…

  • It was unseen, but the Larry O’Brien trophy is in the building, secured in storage. There’s also a room set up to take post-game photos with the trophy if the Mavs win.
  • Marc Anthony rehearsing the national anthem.
  • A group of NBA officials at midcourt going over the plan for the trophy presentation, but not actually going through the trophy presentation.
  • No t-shirts on the seats, but the same white seat covers as usual. And fans were handed white “Let’s go Heat” signs.
  • Rodrigue Beaubois and Ian Mahinmi getting some extra shooting in, but leaving the court once Jason Kidd emerges from the Mavs’ locker room. “When J-Kidd steps on the floor, we shut it down,” Mahinmi tells Brian Cardinal.
  • Several Mavs fans dress in blue among the first spectators in the building and finding seats near the Dallas bench. One group has a large Puerto Rican flag, and J.J. Barea is quick to acknowledge them as he goes through his shooting routine.

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John Schuhmann is a staff writer for NBA.com. Send him an e-mail or follow him on twitter.

16 Comments

  1. BuzzerJordan says:

    Very interesting, but i would have a few comments. Unfortunately, i am not the writer of the post, so i zip my mouth. However i think i share anyway!

  2. The victory of Dallas was an inspiration to all especially to us who are an avid fans, it nspires us that determination and focus, amidst the humilation we’ve got along the way ( just like what Dirk received from his opponent) and of course above all our FAITH IN GOD will lead us to our SUCCESS. Thank you team Dallas for the INSPIRATION and HOPES.

  3. Big SM says:

    Congratulations to the Dallas Mavericks! Good Job! To the experts: good prediction, because we had counted on the worst and got the best!

  4. DIRK'S REVENGE!!! says:

    Congrats to Dirk, Kidd, Terry, Barea, Chandler, Marion, Stevenson, Cardinal, Rick, etc …

    Thanks for PROVING IT’S STILL ABOUT THE TEAM!

    Thanks for SUCH A GREAT PLAYOFFS AND FINALS!!!

  5. JD Womack says:

    well said my man

  6. ahfrow says:

    What do all the experts there in NBA.COM have to say now…….8 out of 9 favored the HEAT will win it all……and they call themselves experts…..crappy!!! smh!!!

  7. DIRK'S REVENGE!!! says:

    Dirk BEAT LEBRON AND WADE … SWEET SWEET REVENGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. DIRK'S REVENGE!!! says:

    HEAT ARE MELTING DOWN!!! YOU CAN’T DENY MAVS ARE THE BEST!!!!

  9. DIRK'S REVENGE!!! says:

    JJ BAREAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!

  10. DIRK'S REVENGE!!! says:

    Cardinal MAKING WADE LOOK LIKE A CHUMP!!! LOL!!!!

  11. DIRK'S REVENGE!!! says:

    If Dirk hit his usual % they would have double digit lead now … COME ON DIRK!

    MAKE IT HAPPEN!

  12. R says:

    Someone please explain the tedhnical fouls that were handed out.

  13. DIRK'S REVENGE!!! says:

    First Q … can’t blame that on refs!!!! KEEP IT UP MAVS!!!

  14. DIRK'S REVENGE!!! says:

    Time to CLOSE OUT MAVS!!! Get the JOB DONE!!!