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Preview of the NBA Finals Celtics vs. Mavericks from the perspective of Dallas with Mike Curtis

A. Sherrod Blakely welcomed Michael Curtis, Dallas Mavericks sportswriter for the Dallas Morning News, to the BIG 3 NBA Podcast to preview the NBA Finals. They discussed Luka Doncic's health and his contributions beyond the stats, emphasizing his attention to detail that is critical to the team's success. They also briefly talked about Dereck Lively II and PJ Washington. In addition, they talked about Kyrie Irving's thoughts on his time in Boston, what to expect when he returns, and how he has evolved and developed since his time with the Celtics.

0:00 – Introduction

1:19 – The Dallas Mavericks’ challenging path to the final

3:34 – Luka Doncic’s resilience and impact on the Mavericks

5:57 – The influence of international players on the NBA and Lukas Härte

10:55 – Teams targeting Luka defensively

13:12 – Gafford and Washington’s path from struggling teams

15:07 – Lively’s success and contribution to the team

17:01 – Kyrie Irving’s return to Boston fans

19:50 – Kyrie and Luka thrive on interaction with fans

22:31 – Kyrie’s evolving leadership and mentoring roles

24:19 – Kyrie’s experience and credibility as a leader

26:00 – Kristaps Porzingis’ impact on the Mavericks

27:44 – Porzingis' offensive spacing effect for the Celtics matchup

29:20 – Porzingis' highly anticipated reception in Dallas

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