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End Game Dallas: 5 things the Mavs need to do

Posted on: June 10, 2011 3:07 pm
Edited on: June 10, 2011 3:19 pm
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Posted by Royce Young



So close to the finish line. Just one little win away from the glory. But everyone knows that finishing a series and closing an opponent is the toughest game to win of all. The other guy is desperate, urgent, frantic, about winning one more game to extend the series.

And that's what the Mavericks are up against heading to a Game 6 in Miami. The Heat are down but not even close to out. They've got two games on their home floor with and a roster that includes Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. Winning won't be easy. Heck, it won't even be hard. It's going to be, well, really, really hard.

If the Mavs are to close things out in Game 6 and force David Stern to hand a championship trophy to Mark Cuban in Miami, I've got five ideas that will help the cause.

1. Start fast. The Mavs will be playing a desperate Miami team for the first time this season. And a wounded dog -- especially a wounded talented dog -- can be a dangerous thing. Not that the Heat have a crowd that you want to take out of the game, but momentum is a real thing, especially in important games like this. The Mavs don't want to give the Heat any sense of confidence or swagger. When the Heat are playing lose and confident, they're a better team.

So for Dallas, starting well is important. Eliminate early momentum and make Game 6 into a second half game.

2. Just be close to start the fourth. Related to point No. 1, but the Mavs focus needs to be just making this a fourth quarter game. As well as the Mavs have played in the fourth and as poorly as the Heat have played in the fourth, it would be natural for Miami to tighten and feel the pressure if it's a one or two possession game with eight minutes left.

A close game in the final 12 minutes favors the Mavs. One, because of Dirk. And two, because unlike the Heat, the Mavs have the confidence and have shown the ability to close.

3. Go ahead and make everything again. Well, this isn't exactly realistic, but if the Mavs can hit 10 or more 3s, they'll win Game 6. They made 13-of-19 in Game 5 and while shooting almost 70 percent from 3 isn't likely, the Mavs have shown that once they get rolling a bit, they're tough to slow down.

And you know that if Dallas starts out the game hitting a couple outside shots, shot clock beater and a few contested 3s, that the Heat will hang their heads a bit and say, "Not again."

4. Play Brian Cardinal. Clearly, he was the missing factor. In games he's appeared, the Mavs are 3-0 in The Finals. Hard to argue with a concrete fact like that.

5. Stay calm. I'm in the camp of thinking veteran experience is a bit overrated in these situations, but the older Mavs aren't about to get too excited about their current situation. They know they're one game away, but they also know the mission isn't accomplished. It's natural to sense the glory and get a bit anxious and try and do too much.

But the Mavs have already closed out three series, one coming on the road in Portland. This isn't a team that panics in any situation -- seriously any situation. It's a tired cliche that you've already heard 200 times in the past five days, but Dallas really does have to just play its game. That's been good enough to win three games against the Heat. If the Mavs can put one more together, it'll get that fourth one.
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Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: June 11, 2011 5:50 pm
 

End Game Dallas: 5 things the Mavs need to do

 I don't think you could really win a championship with him being your best player on the floor, but one guy like that seems to disrupt the other teams flow.  

Way to go out on a limb there... 



Since: May 10, 2011
Posted on: June 11, 2011 12:08 pm
 

End Game Dallas: 5 things the Mavs need to do

"The Custodian" is awewsome.  Cardinal comes in and plays defense with as much intensity as he can bring... and its a lot.  I don't think you could really win a championship with him being your best player on the floor, but one guy like that seems to disrupt the other teams flow.  




Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: June 11, 2011 2:44 am
 

End Game Dallas: 5 things the Mavs need to do

JimF is right. Turnovers. Kidd has to focus. He did last game and then the Mavs execute. And keep playing physical. One vastly underrated player for dallas is DeShawn Stevenson. His defense has been critical is disrupting the Heat....taking them out of their rythm. Wade is dinged. LeBron exhausted. He has no legs. However, a couple days rest will help.  But if Kidd plays smart and tough, thats the key. Dirk, Marion and Terry are all veterans and know what to do. But you can do that if you turn over the ball.



Since: Jan 31, 2007
Posted on: June 11, 2011 12:00 am
 

End Game Dallas: 5 things the Mavs need to do

6. Don't let Chalmers make any more half court shots.  Oh wait, Dallas has won every time he's done that.

Correction: 6. Let Chalmers make all the half court shots he wants. 



Since: Nov 30, 2009
Posted on: June 10, 2011 10:32 pm
 

End Game Dallas: 5 things the Mavs need to do

Doing drugs again? Stay off the hard stuff. It can turn you into an irrational Heat fan.



Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: June 10, 2011 5:27 pm
 

End Game Dallas: 5 things the Mavs need to do

#6 Learn to eat crow about 11pm easter on Tuesday night.



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: June 10, 2011 3:22 pm
 

End Game Dallas: 5 things the Mavs need to do

7. No more turnovers leading to dunks at the other end. The games they lost, Lebron/ Wade scored a pile of uncontested layups. On offense Mavs must remember they are playing against 3 very quick athletic guards/ small forwards in Lebron, Wade and Chalmers.



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: June 10, 2011 3:17 pm
 

End Game Dallas: 5 things the Mavs need to do

6. Keep Peja on the bench


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