If the game itself is often described as poetry in motion, then this is a matchup that can only be called poetic justice. Miami vs. Dallas: The Rematch. The Mavs have been trying to get back to The Finals ever since they let the Larry O'Brien Trophy slip from their grasp with a 2-0 series advantage and a 13-point lead with five minutes to play in Game 3 over the Heat back in 2006. Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry have had the bitter pill stuck in their craw since then.
The Heat are making their first appearance in The Finals in five years with a completely revamped lineup with Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem the only holdovers from 2006. Now, of course, they are all about the Big Three of Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh, about celebrity, about taking talents to South Beach, about living up to the outlandish expectations they set for themselves with that wild pre-championship celebration last summer.
Tonight, game one, 7:00pm.
Fred Albers' Prediction: Miami Heat in 6 games
Beau Bagley's Prediction: Miami Heat in 6 games
Aaron Rich's Prediction: Dallas in 7 games