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NBA Finals 2011: 5 Things the Mavericks Have to Do to Beat the Heat
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Before we get to excited about the fact that this year's NBA Finals is a rematch of the 2006 Finals, which also featured the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks, it's important to remember that only a total of four players remain from those two teams that played in the series five years ago:  Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem for the Heat, and Dirk Nowtzki as well as Jason Terry for the Mavericks. 

Still, this is going to be a very interesting and exciting series that features two very different teams.  The young and athletic Heat, playing in just their first year together, will square off against the experienced and savvy Mavericks. 

This series will also feature the two hottest players in all of basketball right now: LeBron James and Nowitzki.

At first glance, the Heat would seem to have the edge here.  After all, both James and Wade seem like they can't be stopped right now.  Factor in an improving Chris Bosh, and the Heat look like they will be taking home the title for the second time in the past six years.

Not so fast.

Here are five things the Mavericks must to in order to beat the Heat and claim the title.

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