On the Radar: NBA Finals; shuttle returns; no tobacco day
The Heat's Dwayne Wade, left, and the Mavs' Jason Kidd square off during a regular-season game in December.
May 31st, 2011
06:20 AM ET

On the Radar: NBA Finals; shuttle returns; no tobacco day

Three things you need to know Tuesday.

NBA Finals: The NBA Finals tip off  at 9 Tuesday night in Miami as the Heat take on the Dallas Mavericks.

A key storyline of the best-of-seven series will be the battle of two NBA Most Valuable Players who aren't wearing title rings - LeBron James of the Heat and the Mavs' Dirk Nowitzki, writes SI.com's Dan Shaughnessy.

"Both are championship-starved. Both need a ring to solidify their place in the list of NBA all-time greats," Shaughnessy writes.

SI.com's Zack Lowe tells you what to look for when Miami has the ball and when Dallas has the ball.

Finally, see how five SI.com NBA writers pick the series. And weigh in with your own pick.

Shuttle returning: The space shuttle Endeavour is preparing for its final landing early Wednesday at 2:35 a.m. at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Endeavour is ending a 16-day mission, more than 11 of which were spent docked at the international space station.

Once it is decommissioned by NASA, Endeavour will go on display at the California Science Center is Los Angeles.

Atlantis is scheduled to make the final shuttle mission with liftoff targeted for July 8.

World No Tobacco Day: The World Health Organization has made May 31 World No Tobacco Day. The organization uses the day to educate the public on the dangers of using tobacco and what they can do to stop it.

Tobacco use kills 6 million people a year, or one every six seconds, the WHO says, including 600,000 deaths a year from second-hand smoke. As many as half of all tobacco users will eventually die from a disease related to its use, the WHO says.

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Ellis-From Panama

    Bye Bob, too bad your straight. My loss.

    May 31, 2011 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy

    I'm with Cesar: Go Mavericks!

    @Big Game James:
    You're preaching to the choir. They'll never stop.

    May 31, 2011 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sybaris

    Yaaaaawwwwwn.

    The season is toooooo long and there's few that play to win.

    May 31, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. zigzag

    Go Miami Heat!

    June 1, 2011 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
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