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Posted on: June 1, 2011 1:40 am
Edited on: June 1, 2011 5:47 am

NBA Finals Heat vs. Mavericks: Zone = Busted

Heat bench shows up to bust the zone and allow the Heat's superstars to play like only they can. 

Posted by Matt Moore

MIAMI -- How do you bust a zone? You can knock down perimeter shots, or you can attack over it. The Heat did a little bit of both in Game 1. Mario Chalmers poured in 10 huge points off the bench. Eight of those points came against the Dallas zone. Chalmers drove early in the second to draw a shooting foul, then nailed two huge 3-pointers. That kind of attack is what turns a zone defense inside out and renders it torn in half. After the game, Chalmers made it clear the Heat knew they were going to face that zone going in.
"They're going to play a lot of zone, that's who they are. When we're hitting shots like that, we're hard team to stop. And tonight we were able to do that. " 

Mike Miller threw in one of his two 3-pointers against the zone, and it was effectively busted. The Mavericks would only play it twice more in the second half, where the Heat were able to turn the game based on the incredible raw athletic talent of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade

But it wasn't just the perimeter attack that brought the Mavs' zone down. Chris Bosh was a willing passer from the high post and LeBronmario-chalmers-finals James was his usual self ... an all-around threat. The result was a series of attacks over the zone's defense right under the basket, including what may have been the dagger, a Udonis Haslem and-one finish. The lead had been cut to three with six minutes to go before Haslem's bucket, one of those two zone attempts the Mavericks threw out. The Mavs gambled with the zone. The gamble failed. 

The zone wasn't completely useless, but the Heat scored 20 points on 18 possessions against the zone. But more importantly, it allowed the Heat to have the Mavs in man defense down the stretch, and to let their superstars play. Chalmers said he had no doubt the two superstars were going to score. 

"I'm not surprised by what they do. They're superstars. When a superstar gets going, they're hard to stop."

After the game, Chalmers spoke of the momentum of the perimeter shots he hit, while James talked about the rhythm. The Mavs wound up asking the same thing the Bulls and Celtics asked before them when faced with the onslaught of James and Wade down the stretch. If the team is going to bust the zone and get back to their strength, how do you defend that? 

"What are you going to do?"

Posted on: June 1, 2011 1:16 am
Edited on: June 1, 2011 3:16 am

NBA Finals: Mavs bench didn't show up for Game 1

Posted by Royce Young

MIAMI -- What was an incredible strength for the Mavericks through their first 15 playoff games became an ugly weakness in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Pretty bad time for it, I'd say.

The Dallas bench, led by Jason Terry and J.J. Barea, pretty much didn't show up. Not in a they-came-out-flat-and-played-meh type of thing. More like a they-really-never-entered-the-arena
type of thing.

For the game, the Mavs' bench scored a total of 17 points on 4-22 shooting. Terry went 3-10 for 12 points. Barea went 1-8 for two points. Peja Stojakovic, who had been a pretty key part in spots for the Mavs, missed all three of his attemps, with all three being of the wide open 3-point variety. You know, pretty much entirely what he's on the floor to hit.

"We'll play better. I'm very certain of that," said Mavs coach Rick Carlisle. "Again, we had some opportunities that, shots we normally make, they didn't go down. So that was tough."

You could attribute a lot of the Mavs' struggles to simply missing shots. Stojakovic is almost always good to hit at least one of three when he's open from downtown. Terry had a number of solid looks. And Barea, who terrorized the Blazers, Lakers and Thunder, missed a number of runners and jumpers in the paint, even blowing two seemingly easy layups.

Good reason for Carlisle to be confident still.

Especially because, prior to Game 1, the Dallas bench was averaging 39.4 points per game this postseason. Against the Lakers, the second unit scored 86 points. They haven't scored fewer than 20 in any game this postseason (before Tuesday) and only under 25 once -- which was the first game of the playoffs. So yeah, the Mavs bench has been really good and a major part of the reason they're even here.

They just didn't show for the biggest game yet. Bummer.

"We struggled off the bench today," Barea said. "But we had our looks. We had our looks and we didn't knock them down. Thursday I think that's going to change."

Said Dirk: "I actually thought coming in that our bench was going to be a key for us. They did a good job there on Jet.

"J.J.'s got to take his time when he gets [in the paint]. Obviously they are collapsing and trying to block his shot. I thought he was rushing some of his shots in the paint. And we just got to relax and if it's not there, swing the ball to the weak side, because the shot is going to be there."

Miami's bench -- which has been far from as prolific as the Mavs -- scored 27 points to Dallas's 17. Consider this: During the 98 games the Heat have played this year, their bench has only outscored the opponent's eight times. Make it nine now, I guess. Not good if you're in the Maverick locker room. Terry, who is averaging 15.0 points a game (but on just 36 percent shooting) in the playoffs never was able to get going. He hit all three of his 3s in the first half and scored all 12 of his points in the first 24 minutes. LeBron switched over and guarded Terry a bit in the second half, but echoing his teammates, Terry chalked it up to just missing.

"We just didn't take advantage of opportunities," he said. "You have to finish at the basket. You have to make your wide open shots, and we didn't get that accomplished tonight."

What did it come down to? Was it really as simple as just missing shots? At the rim, Dallas went 1-6. In the paint, 0-2. Midrange, 0-4. And from 3, 3-10. A lot were indeed open, but the Heat defense was as locked in as ever. Every open shot has someone running hard at the shooter. Every path the rim was met with a Miami big rotating over.

It was an unusual night for the solid Maverick second unit and, with Dallas scoring just 84 points, you can really point right there as a big reason for the struggles. Get the normal output and Dallas puts up 106.

But I'm with Carlisle -- the bench will be better. And here's the thing too: It has to be.
Posted on: June 1, 2011 1:00 am
Edited on: June 1, 2011 1:36 am

Dwyane Wade alley-oop to LeBron James video

Dwyane Wade threw an alley oop to LeBron James to clinch a Game 1 win for the Miami Heat over the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals. Posted by Ben Golliver.

When Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah called the Miami Heat "Hollywood as hell" this is what he meant.

The Heat led the Dallas Mavericks 89-79 with less than a minute to go in Game 1 of the NBA Finals and had possession of the ball. Most teams would simply wind the clock all the way down and put up a contested jumper before the buzzer, playing conservatively and using the clock with a double digit lead. Not the Heat.

With the shot clock near 10 seconds, Heat guard Dwyane Wade used a high screen and roll to his right hand. As the Mavericks defense shaded to the strong side to spy him, Heat forward LeBron James snuck in front the weakside corner by cutting hard on the baseline. As Mavericks center Tyson Chandler rotated to Wade and Mavericks guard Jason Terry got caught up marking Heat forward Chris Bosh in the paint, Wade lofted a picture-perfect alley-oop to James, who caught it and flushed it with two hands.

The play symbolized the Heat's biggest match-up advantage -- athleticism on the perimeter -- and it also showcased how far they've come from a late-game execution standpoint. The high-flying connection helped push Miami to a 92-84 victory on Tuesday night.

Here's a look at video of Dwyane Wade's alley-oop to LeBron James in the fourth quarter.

Posted on: June 1, 2011 12:57 am
Edited on: June 1, 2011 1:12 am

Dirk tears tendon in his finger, will wear splint

Posted by Royce Young

MIAMI -- Dirk Nowitzki revealed after the game that he tore a tendon in his left middle finger and will likely wear a splint for the remainder of the playoffs. X-rays on the finger however, were negative.

The injury happened when he stripped the ball from Chris Bosh. Dirk said following the injury, he couldn't straighten his finger.

"Well it was just a freaky play, "Nowitzki said. "Bosh got a bounce pass and I stepped in. I thought I stripped him clean and then I kind of looked down and I couldn't straighten my finger out anymore.

"I guess it will be all right. I have to wear a split probably for the rest of the playoffs, for a couple of weeks. But it will be all right. It's on my left hand, so I'll be all right for Thursday."

The Mavericks dropped Game 1 to the Heat 92-84 as Dirk struggled shooting the ball at his normally high percentage. Nowitzki went just 7-18 from the field and scored 27 points. But he never really was able to unleash his typically deadly mid-range game. Part of that was a credit to the defense played on him by Udonis Haslem and Chris Bosh. And part of it was simply that Dirk wasn't able to get going.

Dirk was just 3-8 on jumpers for the game and only hit two shots outside of 15 feet. Though the injury likely didn't affect him really, I'm sure tearing a tendon in a finger -- even if it's an off-hand -- doesn't help things. Will it be a factor going forward? Players play through injuries all the time. Nobody has really slowed Dirk down all that much this postseason, so we'll see what kind of shot a torn tendon gives him.

LeBron isn't buying any kind of effect.

"Dirk is right handed," he said. "He's still going to make shots. He's still going to be great."
Posted on: May 31, 2011 10:28 pm

NBA Finals Game 1 at Half: Nerves and shots

Posted by Matt Moore

A shaky start to the NBA Finals with both teams trying to feel one another out. Here are notes from the first half:

  • The Mavericks had zero points in the paint in the first quarter, ten in the second. Half of them came during a lineup featuring Haslem and Joel Anthony. Chris Bosh has been huge in this game, with seven boards. Without him, the Mavs hit the glass and converted at the rim, with Jason Kidd finding Tyson Chandler on a brilliant alley-oop. 
  • LeBron James playing aggressively, intensely, and efficiently. But the Mavericks are sending doubles at him constantly. James has taken the role of distributor, but Wade hasn't been able to get free to get opportunities. 
  • The zone has been periodic  for the Mavericks, but pretty effective when it works. The Heat did nail six 3-pointers in the first half, though, with Mario Chalmers stepping up huge. 
  • Jose Juan Barea on James, James shot 0-2. 
  • Dwyane Wade continues to play very badly to start games, going 3-10 for seven points with three turnovers. 
  • The Mavs ran several sets with Nowitzki on the perimeter, either as a drive and kick target or working the two-man game with Kidd posting Chalmers or Bibby. That's right, the seven foot guy was the perimeter passer on the two man game. 
  • Gloria Estefan's video was the halftime entertainment. Many ears were lost. Not a live performance. A video.
  • The Heat would be down more if it wasn't for excellent close-outs by Miami on the weak-side rotation on the perimeter. The Heat don't commit to the ball till it's gone on the side, they jump to anticipate the rotation. It's working so far, the Mavs havent' frozen the ball to shoot yet. 
Posted on: May 31, 2011 5:18 pm

NBA Finals Heat vs.Mavericks: A question of speed

Posted by Matt Moore

J.J. Barea knows LeBron James shut down the MVP Derrick Rose. J.J. Barea knows LeBron James is stronger. J.J. Barea knows LeBron James has a bigger wingspan, a bigger frame, a bigger defensive skillset, and every physical attribute in the book outside of raw speed defensively. 

J.J. Barea still thinks he can get around LeBron James. 

"He's taller and stronger, but I still think I can get by him," Barea said Tuesday before Game 1. 

The diminutive Mavs bench spark plug is not lacking for confidence in speed, nor should he. He's been torching defenders with his abilty to get to the rim all season. When the defense does adjust, Barea  loops under the basket. Barea's made a name for himself by being fearless and aggressive and said he has no plans to change that. 

"I'm attacking. I'm going to stay aggressive. I bring a lot of energy on both ends, and we'll see what happens." 

But with LeBron guarding him? With that wingspan?

"I think Westbrook and LeBron are pretty similar. LeBron's stronger, but we'll see what happens." 

That kind of confidence comes with success, and Barea's had a lot of it, and it's been predicated on speed. The Mavericks, though, aren't a barnburner, up-and-down squad, not even in the playoffs. They're just highly efficient. In this series, however, they may wind up having to try and pick up the tempo a bit more. 

The Mavericks were 20th in pace this season, at an estimated 93.1 possesions per game. The Heat, funnily enough, were right behind them, 21st, at 92.9. And in the playoffs, where everything slows down, we've seen the same comparative trends. The Mavericks are ninth among all playoff teams at 86.6 possessions per game, while Miami is 12th at 86.2. What does those numbers mean? It means neither team has been running Seven Seconds or Less. It doesn't mean either team lacks ability on the break though. Both teams have the same attitude about fast breaks that Rick Carlisle described Tuesday morning. 


There's a gap between running for running's sake (most of those teams you'll find in the lottery or one-and-done in the first round, not naming any names), and being aggressive when the opportunity presents itself. Carlisle said that the same things which spark the Mavericks' break are what the Heat use as their core: defense and rebounding. It's those types of elements that allow for the break, to let Jason Kidd cut down the middle and find an open cutter or a shooter on the perimeter, and that lets Barea get to the basket behind a defense. It's also those things that give LeBron and Dwyane Wade highlight opportunities. And it's those opportunities that will likely have a huge impact in this series. 

Carlisle was particular before Game 1 of saying they weren't going to slow down or speed up the offense. "We're going to play our pace," the Mavericks coach said Tuesday morning. It's a generic quote meant to avoid any strategic leak of information, but it's also indicative of the Mavericks' confidence going into Tuesday night's Game 1. 

The Mavericks will be fast when they need to. They'll grind when they need to. And they'll hope that they can make more plays. Half-court, full-court, defensively, this is going to be a series about speed. Whoever gets to the spot first, wins. 

We know one thing, though. Barea thinks it'll be him, no matter who's guarding him, even if it's LeBron James.

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Posted on: May 31, 2011 4:32 pm
Edited on: May 31, 2011 4:38 pm

NBA Finals: Who has the most to gain?

Posted by EOB Staff

Legacies mean a lot in sports, no matter what players say. You want to be crowned a champion because you don't want to remembered as the guy that was great but never put on a ring. So as The Finals tip off tonight, we wondered, who has the most to gain?


I think for the Heat, LeBron's the obvious one. There's really no comparison. He's trying to avoid being "the best to never win a ring." That's a long and illustrious list, but it would absolutely devastate his career arc. Bosh is along for the ride. Bibby is just kind of there, though I think the fact that he has a chance to finally cash in on the work he put in in the early 2000's is interesting. Juwan Howard's another nice one. Ilgauskas, though seeing him hoist that trophy as a member of the Heat would cause some bitter tears for Cavs fans.

How about Wade, though? That multiple rings club is exclusive, and it puts you at another level. That's why the Celtics were so determined to win more than one. Winning two is a really big deal and puts him at another level. Everyone kind of forgets that Wade's a champ because he came in-between dynasties. But winning this title means he's really one of the greatest players of all time, and he's still got a lot of years left.

Dallas: Dirk. Duh. But then there's Kidd. Kidd's been here before. Kidd's tasted so much success and he's worked so hard. This would be such a huge payoff for him, especially with it being with the Mavericks. He wins a ring, that changes his entire career storyline. He's HOF, but this makes him a lock. It changes so much about his legacy and puts his career in a different light.

I don't think there's any doubt at all LeBron has the most to gain. A lot of what he did in the offseason would immediately be validated and all the talk and bashing would chill for the most part. LeBron James would now be "LeBron James: NBA champion." All the talk about rings and what he's accomplished would have to take on a new perspective.

I really think though quietly Chris Bosh could make a pretty important career statement. He's already rehabbed his reputation pretty well as the the third wheel during this postseason but with a matchup looming with Dirk, Bosh could remind people that at one point he was considered by most to be the best or at least one of the best power forwards in the game.

The last person with a ton to gain? Whoever the guy was that planned the summer welcome celebration in Miami after The Decision. That whole thing has been made fun of to no end, but it might not look quite as bad if Miami wins this. It'll just look more like foreshadowing. Still completely ridiculous, but at least it was backed up.

Dallas: When a roster is older like the Mavs is, a lot of people have a lot to win, or lose in this type of situation. It's very likely this could be their last shot at a trophy. The window could very well shut after this run. So every player -- Dirk, Kidd, Jason Terry, Shawn Marion even Tyson Chandler -- this is a massive chance for them.

One guy though that's been overlooked is Rick Carlisle. He's always been consistently one of the best coaches in the league. Always produced winning teams. But never has gone to the next level. He was a winner in Minnesota, but couldn't finish with a championship. He won in Detroit, but faced the same fate. Now he has an opportunity to really establish himself as one of the league's elite coaches with a title. It's one thing to win, it's another to win it all. And if Rick Carlisle can attach a championship to his name, he'll instantly become one of the league's top coaches.

Miami: Am I looking forward to no longer being able to criticize LeBron James if he wins a ring? No, I'm not. I'm dreading it. But if he pulls it off, it will serve as a validation not only of his basketball skill but also his roster-building philosophy and new-age approach to the NBA. And let's be real: he's already gained a lot in this year's playoffs. We just spent a week debating "Is LeBron as good as MJ?" without breaking down immediately in laughter or rolling our eyes. Sure, true NBA fans know it's still a ridiculous comparison but it made a big leap from "completely and totally not worth discussing" to "barely worth discussing but at least it will rile people up."  Other than James and Chris Bosh -- who will become a much less funny punchline -- let's not forget about Juwan Howard and Zydrunas Ilgauskas. This is what they signed up for, like so many veterans desperate to get one ring. But how often does it blatant ring-chasing actually work out? Both consummate professionals and good people. We're all winners if they become winners.

I'm shocked -- SHOCKED! -- that Mark Cuban's name wasn't the first one mentioned here. The career arc potential for Cuban is like the ownership version of James' situation. He goes from being one of the most recognizable, hated, and ridiculed figures in the game to a champion with the ultimate ammunition to fire back at his critics. He gets validation for his methods -- big spending, modernizing facilities, making splash trades and free agency signings -- and his huge capital investments. He completes the turnaround of a franchise that was once regarded as a perennial loser and then mocked as a perennial choker. He'll have done it all on his own terms. That's a ton to gain. (Now that I think about it we could all be in huge danger here. If you think he's insufferable now...)


I feel like Bosh can't win here, though. If he wins, unless he dominates, it'll be said because of James and Wade. If he loses, it'll be on him. On a "can't win" team, Bosh is the can't-win-ingest. He's just in an impossible situation. On the other hand, you realize Udonis Haslem would become a two-time NBA champion and a guy who beat Dirk twice? MONSTER CRED.

What about DeShawn Stevenson? NO REALLY, WHAT ABOUT DESHAWN STEVENSON? Greatest player to ever have a neck tattoo, edging out KMart because of his rings? Plus, he beats LeBron to a title?


For whatever reason I'm stuck on coaches because I think Erik Spoelstra could really be looking at the beginning of a really charmed NBA coaching career. He could put a title away in his fourth season at the helm of an NBA team and at the age of just 40. And with that roster, if he can get this one, he could be the man in charge for a number of championships. Just like that, we could be talking about Spoelstra as a championship coach and maybe one of the best in the game.

Don't forget Peja Stojakovic for Dallas. So close in Sacramento, then he bounced around and played a part in New Orleans' run a few years ago. He's sort of the forgotten great international player because of the seven-foot German on his team, but a title would certainly be sweet for Peja. One of the all-time great 3-point shooters and as we tend to forget, one of the league's best scorers for a lot of the last decade.

Miami: I agree that Bosh can't win. His entire persona seems to be constructed of being cool with that fact. His body language screams "I know that I will never be able to prove myself to you but I'm OK with that.

Last but not least, I think we can declare stat nerds big winners either way it goes. The Mavericks have been pouring over numbers forever trying to gain an extra advantage. The Heat, and Spoelstra in particular, have cited plus/minus figures, lineup combinations and the like as being important drivers on their way to the Finals. The NBA is continually getting smarter and here are two teams -- management, coaching staff, even players -- that take the intellectual side of things very seriously. For like-minded fans and media members, that's a great development.
Posted on: May 31, 2011 3:19 pm
Edited on: May 31, 2011 4:30 pm

NBA Finals Shootaround Notes 5.31.11

MIAMI -- Notes from NBA Finals media availablity following Shootaround before Game 1 Tuesday, May 31st. 

Notes from Royce Young

Ribbing the Old Man. Jason Kidd is old, you see. He's 38 and is in his 17th NBA season. When he was a rookie with the Mavericks in 1994, LeBron James was nine years old and Dwyane Wade was 12. 

So LeBron and Wade were asked what their earliest memories of Jason Kidd were. LeBron said he remembered watching Kidd with his "box" high-top fade and said that he was Derrick Rose, John Wall and Russell Westbrook before they were except Kidd was a better passer. 

Wade though, no-to-subtly reminded us Kidd is old: "I think I was watching it in black and white."

Terry says Cuban trying to stay in background. Mark Cuban has always been the face of the Mavericks. His antics, his talking -- there's no missing him. He's always been vocal about officiating and has never shied away from the chance to speak on camera. But as every Maverick presser, shootaround or practice, he's inauspiciously been missing. 


"I think this time it's more about us than anything else and I think this time he's tried to stay away from being a distraction and it's working out for us," Jason Terry said. "He's like a little kid right now. You can see him bubbling, his face, his expressions, his comments to us within."

Terry was then asked if he appreciate Cuban stepping back a bit.  

"Oh yeah, but in the end he'll have his time to shine." 

Especially if the Mavs pull this off. Then, I'm not sure "shine" will even begin to describe it. 

Dirk sees the double. While the Mavericks have to prepare and focus for a three-headed Miami monster in Wade, LeBron and Chris Bosh, the Heat are mainly intent on stopping on Dallas player -- Dirk.

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There's already been a lot of talk about potential adjustments Erik Spoelsta could make, with one maybe being that LeBron guards Dirk in some stretches. 

Whatever the case, the most often employed strategy with Dirk is playing him physical and making sure every catch is a chore. Nick Collison of the Thunder took that strategy to heart and despite Dirk having an excellent series versus the Thunder, Collison's defense was really good. 

And Dirk expects to see a lot of that from the Heat. 

"I think that's kind of the blueprint of how you've got to guard me. I see it all the time now. You can't give me space, you can't give me room. The whole league tries that now obviously. It's the only way to be successful, so I've basically seen that coverage through the years."

Notes from Matt Moore

J.J. feels at home. J.J. Barea said it's always great coming back to Miami because he went to high school here and with it being so close to Puerto Rico. He's expecting a ton of family in town for Game 2 Thursday. 

Barea also is trying to stay in the moment. Barea has had a long journey from playing in Puerto Rico, and then playing for the D-League, having made it all the way to pivotal role player in the NBA Finals, but Barea says he's just trying to enjoy what's happening now.

"It's been crazy, but I've enjoyed it."

Mavericks' big theme: More of the same. Rick Carlisle had the kind of theme you'd expect for Game 1. "Play our game" was the theme of the day. He talked about doing the things that play to the Mavericks strengths, and the things that got them here. He spoke about defense and rebounding being the sparkplugs for their transition offense, and said preparation didn't vary greatly from any other game. Carlisle was very clear that he didn't prepare any differently for this series than any other. 

Carlisle wasn't talking about adjustments built to specific players or in this series. Instead he's taking the Phil Jackson approach of "doing what we do." 

Carlisle did admit "the matchups are difficult.' 

"If we turn it over, they're going to convert, fast than anybody in basketball."

Barea thinks speed is his best weapon against the King. There's been a lot of talk about LeBron James possibly guarding J.J. Barea. But Barea was pretty confident that speed's his best option for attacking James. Barea admits the obvious physical advantage size-wise that James holds, but he thinks he can get the corner on the man who shut down Derrick Rose. 

"I think pick and roll is going to be big. He's taller and stronger, but I still think I can get by him." 

When asked about LeBron's wingspan, Barea said "I think LeBron and Westbrook are similar, but we'll see how it goes." 

Kidd talking it easy, but surprised it took this long. Jason Kidd has been in the Finals before and has been in the playoffs for, well, all eternity. Kidd was remarkably laid back and matter of fact about his previous outings, saying he really thought that New Jersey team in the early 00's "would get it done." 

Kidd also said he expected to be in the Finals sooner after being traded to Dallas.

More Zone. J.J. Barea was caught not knowing how to answer carefully when asked about whether Dallas would play more zone. 

"Maybe more than the other series, but..."

Barea kind of trailed off, obviously not wanting to get into a jam for talking about something strategic he shouldn't. Based off his reaction, though, don't be suprised to see that zone come out early. Unless Barea was sandbagging the few reporters huddled around him. Leaking information to the enemy through us is probably a flawed approach here.  

Attitudes. The Mavericks attitudes could best be described as laid back and confident, while the Heat seemed a bit more giddy, with LeBron saying everyone was so excited they didn't care what time the game started. 

"Let the games begin" James said.

+1 For the Road. Rick Carlisle always looks like Jim Carrey. He especially looked like him at shootaround today in shorts, a long-sleeve workout shirt and a cap. He looked more like Jim Carrey than himself today.
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