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NBA Playoffs 2011: Why Dallas Has Upper Hand Against Miami for the Championship
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After a fast-paced five-game series in the conference finals, only two teams remain standing: the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat.

The Miami Heat, who signed power forward Chris Bosh from the Raptors and All-Star small forward LeBron James from the Cleveland Cavaliers, have been heralded even more so than when the Boston Celtics landed future NBA Hall of Famers Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett almost three years ago. They have been the favorites to make it to this point, and they have not disappointed.

We turn to the Dallas Mavericks, a team of veterans who have for years been categorized as a "soft team," consistently choking in the playoffs and falling short. None of them have managed to make it to the NBA Finals before, but they have played well throughout the playoffs, managing to sweep the defending champion L.A. Lakers.

As we head into the championship series, many will expect the Heat to win rather handily. However, the Dallas Mavericks cannot be discounted quite so easily, as they actually go into the Finals with several key pieces that can put them on top of the Heat.

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