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Basketball, Sports

Mavs On The Brink

06.10.11 | Comment?

The Mavericks didn’t have to steal Game 5 of the Finals last night. Instead they played their best all-around game and pulled away for the win. Miami did their best to make it interesting, going on fourth quarter run to briefly take the lead. But then Nowitzki drove along the baseline for a slam, J.J. Barea hit a three-pointer, and Jason Terry hit another, a very difficult shot with a defender right in his face. Ballgame.

I’d like to say the reason the Mavs won is their guts, but all that really means is that their shots went in and Miami’s didn’t. I do think that it’s beyond argument that Dallas has been more aggressive when it matters the most. The Miami players, with the exception of Dwayne Wade, have elected to run the clock down and take contested three-pointers.

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle has turned out the be a lot better than I thought he was. I knew he was good in his previous stop, but he has found a way to get his players good shots and deny them to the opposition throughout the playoffs. In particular his decision to start Barea, where he gets to play against Mike Bibby, has worked perfectly.

Dallas now has two chances to win the championship on the road. I expect that the Heat will be pretty fired up on Sunday, but the Mavericks don’t seem inclined to give in. I expect a tough game and hope the Mavs can pull off the upset.

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