reddit The 20 Funniest Internet Reactions to the NBA Finals  

Randolph Strauss
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The 2011 NBA Finals concluded on June 12th, 2011. The Dallas Mavericks won the series in Game 6 in Miami against the Miami Heat by a score of 105-95. Dirk Nowitzki, who won his first championship, earned the NBA Finals MVP award (becoming the first European-born player to do so).

Following the game, much of the fan attention was focused on the loss of the Miami Heat, which prior to the season had been touted as something of an unstoppable force. Small forward LeBron James, who had left his hometown of Cleveland to join Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade as the Heat's "Big 3" in the 2010-2011 season, was a particular target for scorn and ridicule. James, one of the best basketball players of all time, had promised with bravado at the beginning of the season that the "Big 3" would bring home several championships to Miami.

(This list of funny Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and other online reactions to the 2011 NBA Finals is VoteRanked, so your votes determine the order of the items.)
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Jordan and Pippen

This imaginary conversation between Pippen and Jordan references an interview Pippen gave in May to ESPN Radio's "Mike and Mike in the Morning." Pippen had said that, though Jordan is probably the greatest scorer to ever play the game, LeBron James may be the overall greatest player.
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A nod to the common joke about LeBron not showing up for the crucial final quarter of Game 6.
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A reference to the fact that Dirk Nowitzki played through some of the Finals while sick. At one point during Game 4 of the series, Nowitzki suffered a coughing fit on the court and was mocked and imitated by Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. The incident came to be known jokingly as "Cough-Gate."
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The Only Argument

The caption here is a reference to the comedy film "Bad Teacher," starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal. In a clip that was featured in the trailer, Segal (playing a gym teacher) is arguing with a young student about LeBron James' level of talent. Getting agitated, he tells the student that LeBron not having any championship rings is "the only argument [he needs]!"
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Loss of the Ring

A play on the popular book and film series "Lord of the Rings," casting Novitzki as Frodo Baggins and LeBron James as the creature Gollum.
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Mission Accomplished

A play on former President George W. Bush's ill-fated 2003 speech announcing the end of major combat operations in Iraq. (The guerrilla insurgency in Iraq would continue on for many years following the speech, making it a frequently-employed example of celebrating victory before it is won.) In this instance, Bush's speech is compared to the pre-season festivities held by the Heat welcoming "The Big 3" to the city.