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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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."340Is this funny?
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.384Is this funny?
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