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IC Cold Links: Finally, NBA Finals Ready To Tip

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After a long holiday weekend with no NBA games, the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks will tip off the NBA Finals tonight on South Beach.

It remains nearly impossible to stare at the Heat and not expect them to win their next game, this series and with it their first LeBron James-fueled championship. After putting the clamps on Derrick Rose in the Eastern Conference finals, I'm looking forward to seeing how much and how effective LeBron will be covering a player at the other end of the spectrum in Dirk Nowitzki.

I remain solidly in the Mavs' camp for this series, not due to all of the talent taken to South Beach last summer but because I'd love to see Rick Carlisle earn a ring along with one of my favs, Jason Terry. Plus, Dirk has played like a champion throughout the playoffs and will have earned that title if he can lead the Mavs past the Heat. Great stories all around.

After the jump, a few more links of interest including former Pacer PG, Mark Jackson remaining in the mix for the Golden State Warriors' coaching gig. There's always been a lot of strong opinions around here about Jax jumping from the broadcast booth to the lead chair on an NBA bench, so I for one am rooting for him to get this job so we stop speculating and see how he actually coaches.