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.
- BYU's Jimmer Fredette to work out for Indiana Pacers | The Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
Jackson among finalists for W's coaching job
Mark Jackson -- the former New York Knick, Indiana Pacer and current analyst for ESPN and ABC -- is very much being considered for the Golden State job, NBA Insider Matt Steinmetz has learned.
- Resolute Rick Carlisle keeps his focus - USATODAY.com
- Age Minimum Hasn't Limited NBA Draft Busts, And Extending It To 20 Won't Help - SBNation.com
- 2011 NBA Draft: Pacers To Workout Six Players Pre-Draft, Including Jimmer Fredette - SB Nation Indiana
- Trouble ahead? Looming labor battle could blunt NBA's boom - USATODAY.com
2011 WNBA Preview: Indiana Fever Need To Fill Point Guard, Rebounding Voids - Swish Appeal
Indiana Fever coach Lin Dunn has been "very pleased with the development" of third-year point guard Briann January and is looking to her to fill a void left by Tully Bevilaqua. But their bigger problem might be rebounding.