It might not be the matchup we all anticipated when this postseason began, but now it's here. The traditional NBA powers — Los Angeles, Boston, San Antonio — have all bitten the dust. So, too, have the rising stars — Chicago, Oklahoma City, Memphis.
We're left with two savvy star-laden teams duking it out for the 2011 title. It's the Heat and the Mavs. They met on this stage five years ago, and Dwyane Wade got the best of Dirk Nowitzki as Miami took care of business. Will the same happen again?
There's a good chance, as D-Wade's got a pair of All-Star buddies on his side this time in LeBron James and Chris Bosh. But before we jump to conclusions, there are a lot of questions to answer.