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Western Conference finals tip tonight

Updated: May 17, 2011, 12:04 PM ET
By Amanda Rykoff

NBA: The Western Conference finals between the Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder tips tonight in Dallas with the NBA version of the Red River Rivalry (9 p.m., ESPN). While the Mavs haven't played since they finished a sweep of the Lakers on May 8, the Thunder wrapped up a thrilling seven-game series against the Grizzlies on Sunday. Since the 1996 playoffs, 10 teams have had a layoff of at least eight days between series. Those teams are 5-5 in Game 1 after the break. Dallas won two ...

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