Here we go again: Dallas Mavericks vs. Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.

In 2006, the Mavs took a 2-0 series lead over the Heat — with Shaquille O’Neal, not LeBron James — and then lost four in a row .

This time, the finals start a little earlier, thanks to five-game conference finals victories by the Heat and Mavericks. There’s also a bit of a sense that this might be the last big sports event for a while. The NBA may be on the cusp of a lockout and, at this point at least, there’s no end in sight to the lockout by football owners. There’s only regular-season baseball games as far as the eye can see.

The schedule:

All Times Eastern, all games on ABC.

Game 1: Tuesday, May 31, 9 p.m. at Miami

Game 2: Thursday, June 2, 9 p.m. at Miami

Game 3: Sunday, June 5, 8 p.m. at Dallas

Game 4: Tuesday, June 7, 9 p.m. at Dallas

Game 5*: Thursday, June 9, 9 p.m. at Dallas

Game 6*: Sunday, June 12, 8 p.m. at Miami

Game 7*: Tuesday, June 14, 9 p.m. at Miami

*if necessary