Mavs Off To Finals: Who Deserves The Dirkie?

The Player of the Game, as goes Mavs tradition, gets a golden beauty, a statuette named for the finest player in franchise history. So who was the finest Mav in this finest moment, a 100-96 Dallas win in Game 5 of the WCF that vaults the Mavs past OKC and into an NBA Finals? You vote!

We take a moment to celebrate the Dallas Mavericks' status as the WESTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS! Look out Finals, here come the Mavericks ...

With the series-clinching win in Game 5, the Mavericks will advance to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2006 (second time in franchise history). That year, the Mavericks fell to the Miami Heat in six games. Dallas will face the winner of the Miami/Chicago series in the 2011 NBA Finals. will analyze every inch of this, as we have for almost a dozen years ... We start with this ...

Vote here for the Player of the Game! Western Conference Finals Game 5 ... Some candidates ...

Dirk Nowitzki -- 'nuff said, with 26 and 9

Shawn Marion -- 26 points, 8 boards, more bacon-saving

Jose Juan Barea -- 14 critical points plus 5 dimes

Tyson Chandler -- Center A with 9 and 9

Brendan Haywood -- Center B with 7 and 3

Jason Kidd -- aging like wine, notched 10 assists

Jason Terry -- 12 points plus a steal

Peja Stojakovic -- floor-spreader with three DeShawn Stevenson -- D-pest with 2 boards and a steal

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