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Playoff Fix: Moving closer to the edge

Posted on: June 7, 2011 12:40 pm
Edited on: June 7, 2011 1:00 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young



One Big Thing: Things are teetering for the Mavericks. Game 3 was going to swing the series in a big way for one team and because of Dirk's miss, the Heat have the upper hand now. The Mavs are down 2-1 and can't clinch the series at home anymore. And a loss tonight would back them up agaist elimination with two games to go in Miami.

It's not must-win as some are calling it because I think the Mavs, of any team out there, could climb out of a 3-1 hole. But putting themselves in that situation is playing with fire and that means you'll see a desperate Mavs team tonight.

The X-Factor: Words. After Game 3, the Mavs kind of started running their mouths. Jason Terry said the Blazers were "by far" the best defense they'd play in the postseason. Terry said the Heat's defense didn't have as much to do with it as it is Dallas turning the ball over. DeShawn Stevenson talked about the Heat being a bunch of actors. And even Dirk called out Terry for missing fourth quarter shots.

Kind of a weird thing to be doing when you're down 2-1 in a series and just lost. But maybe the Mavs have been saving this little mind game move to try and shake the Heat. You know darn well Miami heard it, so it's just a matter if it'll motivate the Heat more or if maybe Dallas gets in their head. Chris Bosh said you've "got to let a sleeping dog lie," so the Mavs might regret all this chatter. Between Dallas's talk and the questions that hit him after Game 3, I fear for the Mavs though, that you're going to see an angry LeBron.

The Adjustment: Mario Chalmers is outscoring J.J. Barea 33-13 in this series so far. That's entirely backwards. And because of it, the Heat bench is getting the better of the Mavs, which is a weapon for them. Chalmers is shooting the ball extremely well and running the team much better than Mike Bibby.

Miami's length and speed is giving Barea trouble, but he's missing a ton of shots. In Game 3, he duffed an easy layup. The Mavs need their X-factor weapons to get going so somehow Barea has to open up his game and add 10 points or so. He's a big reason Dallas is even here and now he's disappearing.

The Sticking Point: The Mavs know the importance of this game. The Heat know they've got Dallas backed into a corner. Somebody was going to be in this position after Game 3 and because Dirk missed a jumper, it's Dallas. They're backed up and it's about how they'll respond. Needing to bounce back in Game 2, the Mavs pulled out an incredible 15-point comeback.

Now they've got to get back into the series again. They're going to leave it all out there. They're going to play with a bunch of desperation. It's not must-win territory yet in my mind because they series will go on if they lose, but Dallas needs this game.
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Since: Nov 7, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 8:26 pm
 

Barea looked terrible

in game 3, every little thing seemed to not go his way.  the chalmers 3's comp0ared to Barea's chicken with head gone impression were the most obvious differences in game 3, and in a 2 point game, why look any further than that.  Dirk's is ice, but i would like to see him make the heat pay more when they double him immediately instead of hunching down and looking for a way to step thru and shoot.



Since: Nov 25, 2010
Posted on: June 7, 2011 8:09 pm
 

Playoff Fix: Moving closer to the edge

the heat will win it this year but lebron james will never be kobe or jordan



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 7:58 pm
 

Barea.....Playoff Fix: Moving closer to the edge

I agree with most postings here. How is this guy even in the NBA? Good God, we should all be this lucky to get over in our chosen profession.



Since: May 24, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 7:55 pm
 

Playoff Fix: Moving closer to the edge

Chalmers is outscoring Barea 33-13 in this series.
Yes if you're wondering i stole this from CBSsports' homepage....you my friend are an idiot if you would rather have Barea.


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Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 6:41 pm
 

Playoff Fix: Moving closer to the edge

Mario who?  Mario Chalmers. The guy who has torched your team for 3 straight games. Rather have Barea over Chalmers?  HAHAHA



Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 6:39 pm
 

Playoff Fix: Moving closer to the edge

If Dallas does not turn the ball over they blow away the Heat and are 3-0.Surprised
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Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 6:16 pm
 

Playoff Fix: Moving closer to the edge

I hope so. If Dallas leaves these three fools on the floor the dunks and steals will be off the charts.


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