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IC Cold Links: Mavericks Shoot Past Heat; More On Frank Vogel Finalizing Staff

The NBA Finals have already exceeded my high expectations and now I find myself considering something I didn't think possible during this year's playoffs. I think I'm rooting for the Miami Heat in Game 6 for the simple fact that a Game 7 in this series would be fantastic and a fitting way to close it out.

I'm a big believer in players trumping coaching when it comes to NBA success, but I have to admit, if Dallas does win, Dirk Nowitzki will obviously be the Finals MVP, but Rick Carlisle should get some votes as well. He's made so many in-game and game-to-game adjustments in both play calling and player rotations, most of which have worked thus far, that he has his whole roster engaged and working the plan he lays out. Impressive.

Speaking of coaching, Mike Wells shared his thoughts on the Indiana Pacers coaching situation today. With other reports about the Pacers closing in on finalizing Frank Vogel to lead the team, Wells says they're waiting for Vogel to nail down his assitant coaching staff before making it official.

Also, Roy Hibbert is once again footing the bill for crazy fans to fill Area 55 next season and he's in the process of gathering candidates. You can audition in person for Area 55 on Saturday, June 11, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Nora Kroger at 1365 E. 86th Street in Indianapolis. Also, you can submit a video at the Area 55 website.