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Posted on: June 9, 2011 7:57 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2011 8:17 pm
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Brendan Haywood inactive for Game 5

Posted by Matt Moore

Two days after playing just over three minutes in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, coach Rick Carlisle announced before Game 5 that Brendan Haywood would be inactive against the Heat.

In his place, the Mavericks will once again turn to inexperienced Ian Mahinmi in an attempt to control the offensive glass. Mahinmi struggled in Game 3, getting dunked on by LeBron James, missing a layup and turning in a foul-ridden performance. Mahinmi's primary responsibility is to take those fouls responsibly when necessary and just allow the Mavericks to survive long enough for Tyson Chandler to recover. Chandler will no doubt play over 40 minutes in Game 5. He was a beast in Game 4, dominating the offensive glass and helping the Mavericks control the paint as well as playing expert defense on the Heat's pick and rolls.

Carlisle joked with reporters pre-game, saying Caron Butler would be active in his stead, before saying "I'm just kidding" when all the reporters in the room just about wet themselves. Carlisle also joked about questions regarding Corey Brewer's playing time, after affirming that the young wing was ready to go, saying "I appreciate everybody asking about him, because, you know, he's obviously well thought of."

Rick Carlisle, such a kidder.


Posted on: June 9, 2011 7:57 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2011 8:17 pm
 

Brendan Haywood inactive for Game 5

Posted by Matt Moore

Two days after playing just over three minutes in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, coach Rick Carlisle announced before Game 5 that Brendan Haywood would be inactive against the Heat.

In his place, the Mavericks will once again turn to inexperienced Ian Mahinmi in an attempt to control the offensive glass. Mahinmi struggled in Game 3, getting dunked on by LeBron James, missing a layup and turning in a foul-ridden performance. Mahinmi's primary responsibility is to take those fouls responsibly when necessary and just allow the Mavericks to survive long enough for Tyson Chandler to recover. Chandler will no doubt play over 40 minutes in Game 5. He was a beast in Game 4, dominating the offensive glass and helping the Mavericks control the paint as well as playing expert defense on the Heat's pick and rolls.

Carlisle joked with reporters pre-game, saying Caron Butler would be active in his stead, before saying "I'm just kidding" when all the reporters in the room just about wet themselves. Carlisle also joked about questions regarding Corey Brewer's playing time, after affirming that the young wing was ready to go, saying "I appreciate everybody asking about him, because, you know, he's obviously well thought of."

Rick Carlisle, such a kidder.


Posted on: June 9, 2011 5:37 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2011 5:56 pm
 

NBA Finals LiveChat Game 5

Join us at 9 p.m. EST for an NBA LiveChat. We'll have Ben Golliver and Matt Moore live at American Airlines Center in Dallas as the Heat and Mavericks struggle in what looks to be an epic Game 5 for control of the 2011 NBA Finals before the series shifts back to Miami. 

Topics will include:
  • LeBron!
  • LeBron!
  • Dry rub or sauce?
  • LeBron!
  • And could DeShawn Stevenson be the first player with a face tattoo to ever win the NBA title?
Chat starts at 9 p.m. EST on CBSSports.com.

 
Posted on: June 9, 2011 5:37 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2011 5:56 pm
 

NBA Finals LiveChat Game 5

Join us at 9 p.m. EST for an NBA LiveChat. We'll have Ben Golliver and Matt Moore live at American Airlines Center in Dallas as the Heat and Mavericks struggle in what looks to be an epic Game 5 for control of the 2011 NBA Finals before the series shifts back to Miami. 

Topics will include:
  • LeBron!
  • LeBron!
  • Dry rub or sauce?
  • LeBron!
  • And could DeShawn Stevenson be the first player with a face tattoo to ever win the NBA title?
Chat starts at 9 p.m. EST on CBSSports.com.

 
Posted on: June 9, 2011 2:35 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2011 6:35 pm
 

Spoelstra talks adjustments for NBA Finals Game 5



Posted by Matt Moore

DALLAS -- The Heat are not going to go into a pivotal (okay, more pivotal than the other pivotal games in the NBA Finals) Game 5 Thursday with the same gameplan they went into Game 3 with. It would be natural to look at a game they lost by a bucket and think they don't need adjustments. But head coach Erik Spoelstra laid out some of the things they planned on doing differently Thursday after shootaround. For starters, Spoelstra followed up on what we wrote about yesterday -- the issue the Heat are having of running up against the clock due to the pressure the Mavericks are putting on the Heat both on the inbounds after a bucket and at mid-court. Spoelstra said the Heat had worked in the last 36 hours on not letting the Mavericks get them into what Mike Miller termed "9-1-1 shots." 

"Something we definitely worked on was to get into our offense earlier against their pressure so we have more time to exploit those options," Spoesltra said.

The Heat have constantly run up against the shot clock, with James as primary ball-handler sometimes having to run sets with less than 13 seconds left. In that situation, when the Mavericks shut down the initial set, be it pick-and-roll or otherwise, the Heat are trying to reset and run a second set with less than six seconds. That results in long jumpers, contested shots, and turnovers. Some of that comes down to composure, some of that comes down to execution, but a lot of that comes down to simply creating more time to give themselves outs. It's like poker: Never go in without the best hand if you don't have outs. And against a Dallas defense primed and ready to attack the Heat's best hands in LeBron and Wade, they need those outs. 

Spoelstra also commented on the work the Mavericks did against the pick and roll and how they have to counter Dallas' efforts. 

"We have to have all five guys live," Spoelstra said, "and sometimes a quick pass out of that to exploit it on the weakside. The right thing to do sometimes is to be aggressive and try and get around two guys. We've seen virtually every kind of pick and roll coverage you can see throughout the course of the year. We just need to do it better and more efficiently."

James' struggles with the pick-and-roll largely come from two angles. One, he's largely rollling passively up and out to the high baseline, forcing a jump-pass which is a turnover-probable attempt. Second, while Wade's burst gets him to split the double, James has the added complication of creating contact with the fact that he's the size of a freaking truck. The concern is that this can result in a turnover on an offensive foul if the Mavericks step in and take the contact. James needs to pass quickly out of the double team to burn them for employing it and then his teammates need to knock down shots. On the second, James can't be concerned about it and has to force the officials to make an offensive foul call in Game 5 of the Finals against one of the league's biggest superstars. 

The Heat's ability to convert these adjustments will be what determines their success in Game 5. It's more than effort. It's adjustments.
Posted on: June 9, 2011 2:35 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2011 6:35 pm
 

Spoelstra talks adjustments for NBA Finals Game 5



Posted by Matt Moore

DALLAS -- The Heat are not going to go into a pivotal (okay, more pivotal than the other pivotal games in the NBA Finals) Game 5 Thursday with the same gameplan they went into Game 3 with. It would be natural to look at a game they lost by a bucket and think they don't need adjustments. But head coach Erik Spoelstra laid out some of the things they planned on doing differently Thursday after shootaround. For starters, Spoelstra followed up on what we wrote about yesterday -- the issue the Heat are having of running up against the clock due to the pressure the Mavericks are putting on the Heat both on the inbounds after a bucket and at mid-court. Spoelstra said the Heat had worked in the last 36 hours on not letting the Mavericks get them into what Mike Miller termed "9-1-1 shots." 

"Something we definitely worked on was to get into our offense earlier against their pressure so we have more time to exploit those options," Spoesltra said.

The Heat have constantly run up against the shot clock, with James as primary ball-handler sometimes having to run sets with less than 13 seconds left. In that situation, when the Mavericks shut down the initial set, be it pick-and-roll or otherwise, the Heat are trying to reset and run a second set with less than six seconds. That results in long jumpers, contested shots, and turnovers. Some of that comes down to composure, some of that comes down to execution, but a lot of that comes down to simply creating more time to give themselves outs. It's like poker: Never go in without the best hand if you don't have outs. And against a Dallas defense primed and ready to attack the Heat's best hands in LeBron and Wade, they need those outs. 

Spoelstra also commented on the work the Mavericks did against the pick and roll and how they have to counter Dallas' efforts. 

"We have to have all five guys live," Spoelstra said, "and sometimes a quick pass out of that to exploit it on the weakside. The right thing to do sometimes is to be aggressive and try and get around two guys. We've seen virtually every kind of pick and roll coverage you can see throughout the course of the year. We just need to do it better and more efficiently."

James' struggles with the pick-and-roll largely come from two angles. One, he's largely rollling passively up and out to the high baseline, forcing a jump-pass which is a turnover-probable attempt. Second, while Wade's burst gets him to split the double, James has the added complication of creating contact with the fact that he's the size of a freaking truck. The concern is that this can result in a turnover on an offensive foul if the Mavericks step in and take the contact. James needs to pass quickly out of the double team to burn them for employing it and then his teammates need to knock down shots. On the second, James can't be concerned about it and has to force the officials to make an offensive foul call in Game 5 of the Finals against one of the league's biggest superstars. 

The Heat's ability to convert these adjustments will be what determines their success in Game 5. It's more than effort. It's adjustments.
Posted on: June 9, 2011 2:34 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2011 2:57 pm
 

Dirk Nowitzki over illness, good to go for Game 5

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki should be good to go for Game 5. Posted by Ben Golliver. dirk-face

DALLAS -- Obviously, it didn't compare to Michael Jordan's "Flu Game," but Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki played very well despite being very sick during Game 4 of the 2011 NBA Finals on Tuesday night.

Nowitzki battled a 100+ degree temperature and was hacking and wheezing during his post-game press conference. Despite the sickness, Nowitzki finished with a team-high 21 points, 11 rebounds and one assist.

After taking it easy on Wednesday, it sounds like he should be good to go for Game 5 on Thursday.

Nowitzki said simply: "I feel great."

"He’s feeling better, which is important," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "That’s a plus for us."

Carlisle said the bumps and bruises wouldn't affect any of his players' availability. "We have a couple of other guys that are banged up. At this point, you play. You have to."

There is one exception: Carlisle said that center Brendan Haywood, who sat out Game 3 and was limited in Game 4 with a right hip flexor injury, will be officially listed as a game-time decision on Thursday night.

As per his custom, Carlisle wouldn't divulge his starting lineup or the members of his active roster until closer to game time.
Posted on: June 9, 2011 2:34 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2011 2:57 pm
 

Dirk Nowitzki over illness, good to go for Game 5

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki should be good to go for Game 5. Posted by Ben Golliver. dirk-face

DALLAS -- Obviously, it didn't compare to Michael Jordan's "Flu Game," but Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki played very well despite being very sick during Game 4 of the 2011 NBA Finals on Tuesday night.

Nowitzki battled a 100+ degree temperature and was hacking and wheezing during his post-game press conference. Despite the sickness, Nowitzki finished with a team-high 21 points, 11 rebounds and one assist.

After taking it easy on Wednesday, it sounds like he should be good to go for Game 5 on Thursday.

Nowitzki said simply: "I feel great."

"He’s feeling better, which is important," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "That’s a plus for us."

Carlisle said the bumps and bruises wouldn't affect any of his players' availability. "We have a couple of other guys that are banged up. At this point, you play. You have to."

There is one exception: Carlisle said that center Brendan Haywood, who sat out Game 3 and was limited in Game 4 with a right hip flexor injury, will be officially listed as a game-time decision on Thursday night.

As per his custom, Carlisle wouldn't divulge his starting lineup or the members of his active roster until closer to game time.
 
 
 
 
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