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Hang Time Podcast (Episode 60)

MIAMI — Wait, it’s not over yet.

Before the champagne in Mark Cuban‘s hair dries and the victory parade through downtown Dallas kicks off, we wanted to share our final observations from the thrilling, roller coaster ride that was The Finals.

It’s not easy trying to capture two months of riveting drama, on and off the court, in the limited amount of time we have — kudos to the 2010-11 NBA champion Dallas Mavericks, by the way.

That’s why we forced a couple of old friends of the program to join us on Episode 60 of The Hang Time Podcast to see if they could help us figure it all out.

Michael Wallace of ESPN.com’s Heat Index and Gregg Doyel of CBSSports.com weighed in with their takes on Dirk Nowitzki, LeBron James, Jason Terry, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and all things Finals.

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You Try Explaining This One Away

OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook‘s confidence is admirable.

The Thunder All-NBA point guard refused to budge on his ongoing stance in these Western Conference finals that whatever struggles his team endures are self-inflicted.

“We just didn’t make shots,” he said after the Thunder’s Game 4 meltdown that coincided with the Mavericks’ miraculous comeback to shift the momentum in this series decidedly into the favor of the men from Dallas.

Does he believe that? Or is it his defense mechanism for trying to cope with that which he can not — or does not — comprehend?

It’s more than just missed shots young fella, so much more. (Dirk Nowitzki, Shawn Marion, Jason Kidd and the rest of the relentless Mavericks’ veterans had a little something to do with it, no?)

But in your defense, there were plenty of us that struggled to make sense of what we saw last night. Lots of us will have a tough time explaining this one away, as no doubt you and your Thunder teammates will for years to come.

A few brave souls tried to do it on the spot.

Gregg Doyel of CBSSports.com saw it this way:

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook didn’t have to be great down the stretch to win this game. They’d already been great, Durant especially, for most of four quarters. That gave Oklahoma City a 15-point lead with less than five minutes to play, and from that point, greatness was no longer required. Mediocrity would have worked. Hell, below-average play would have gotten the job done.

But Durant and Westbrook were neither mediocre nor below average. In the final minutes, they were awful.

And Dirk Nowitzki was not.

And that’s how it happened. Durant missed shots. Westbrook missed shots. Nowitzki didn’t miss a damn thing. That put the game into overtime, where it continued. More misses from Westbrook and Durant. More turnovers. More Nowitzki. In the final 10 minutes of regulation and OT, Westbrook and Durant were 1 for 12 from the floor and 0 for 2 from the line, and they committed three turnovers. Nowitzki? He scored 14 points in those 10 minutes.

That’s how Dallas won, taking a larcenous 112-105 victory for a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.

… and Barry Tramel of the Oklahoman:

Now we know.

Now we know why experience matters. Now we know why you’ve got to pay your dues.

Now we know why young teams, no matter how good, no matter how talented, now matter how athletic, no matter how blessed, eventually get derailed in this meat-grinder known as the NBA playoffs.
The old Mavericks beat the young Thunder 112-105 in overtime for the simplest of reasons.

The tortoise kept running. The hare, not so much.
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Hang Time Podcast (Episode 8)

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HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Where do you rank Rajon Rondo on the list of the NBA’s best point guards.

My co-host and partner in basketball crime Vince Thomas has him in his top five. CBSSports.com national columnist Gregg Doyel insists the Celtics’ All-Star is on the fringe of the top 10. I’ve got him somewhere in the middle.

Episode 8 of the Hang Time Podcast delves back into the great point guard debate as well as the biggest surprises and disappointments in the conference semifinal round of the playoffs, Steve Nash‘s evil eye (check the video above) and much, much more.

(Here’s your cheat sheet):

0:00 – 16:50 | Nash & the Suns, West Finals preview, Spurs aftermath

16:50 – 34:00 | Gregg Doyel (Ranking the point guards, A-games, Mo Williams = Aquaman?)

34:00 – 42:10 | Supporting casts of LeBron vs. Kobe

42:10 – 50:59 | Ranking the available coaching jobs

As always, we welcome your feedback. Follow the Hang Time Podcast on Twitter and you can also follow both Vince Thomas and myself. Mr. Doyel’s twitter is @greggdoyelcbs.

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