This is the second NBA Finals appearance of both the Mavericks and the Heat, and the first rematch of an NBA Finals series not involving the Lakers or Celtics since the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz met in the 1998 NBA Finals.
Among the players from both teams, only Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry of Dallas, and Dwyane Wade and Udonis Hsalem of Miami, have previously appeared in the 2006 series with the same team. Heat center Erick Dampier played for the Mavericks in 2006. Eddie House, Zudrunas Ilgauskas, LeBron James and Jason Kidd have appeared in the finals with different teams.
2011 will mark the first time since 1998 in which the NBA Finals start before the Stanly Cup Finals begin their series. The 2011 Stanly Cup Finals commences the next day, Wednesday June 1.
The Finals were originally projected to begin on Thursday June 9, but were pushed up ahead one week, and due to negotiations on an impending league-wide lockout at the end of the season.
WHO WILL BE THE WINNER THIS YEAR???
GOTTA WATCH IT.!!!