Ringless stars face moment of truth

Mavs' Dirk Nowitzki, Heat's LeBron James ride intriguing routes to title crossroads

Updated: June 12, 2011, 10:55 AM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

MIAMI -- Although this NBA Finals has thus far been decided by a razor-thin margin as it churns to Sunday night's Game 6, the fortunes of two opposing superstars are orbiting worlds apart.

One is low-key and lower-maintenance. He has forbidden himself from exhaling or even savoring a single word written about his brilliance on the basketball court during one of the all-time great playoff runs. His elusive championship "dream" is closer than ever, one win away.

The other is the ...

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