NBA Playoffs 2011: Keys for Dallas Mavericks to Get to NBA Finals

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NBA Playoffs 2011: Keys for Dallas Mavericks to Get to NBA Finals
Time is running out for Jason Kidd and Dirk Nowitzki to win a championship.

The Dallas Mavericks are coming off a sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers and are still awaiting an opponent for the Western Conference Finals. The winner of Game 7 of the Memphis Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday will head to American Airlines Center on Tuesday for Game 1 against Dallas.

As the Mavericks wait for their opponent and rest, they also must be prepared for the Thunder or Grizzlies because each team possesses youth and athleticism, as opposed to both the Blazers and Lakers. Portland and L.A. were much older teams and didn't have the energy and quickness like Oklahoma City and Memphis do.

The Mavericks will have their hands full with whichever squad they play and are going to have to bring their momentum from their last series heading into Tuesday.

In order to get back to the NBA Finals, the Mavericks must continue playing great and exploit the weaknesses of Memphis or Oklahoma City.

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