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NBA Playoffs 2011: 6 Ways for the Dallas Mavericks To Beat the Miami Heat

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NBA Playoffs 2011: 6 Ways for the Dallas Mavericks To Beat the Miami Heat
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The hysteria is palpable and justified.

A day after advancing to the NBA Finals to face the Dallas Mavericks, people are talking about the unstoppable force on the Beach, how LeBron James is the better than MJ and how Pat Riley is the Dalai Lama of the NBA.

A sobering look at what's happened this year reveals that the Miami Heat are a great team that's only going to get better. But they are not invincible or unstoppable.

They have had a tremendous amount of luck and that's not an insult to them. You need luck: luck like Jordan had in the '90s against the Phoenix Suns in the Finals (a series that was closer than it looks); luck like Kobe had against the Sacramento Kings when Robert Horry comes off the bench and makes a game-winning three-point shot in the Western Conference finals.

But luck can run for or against a team. Here are six ways the Dallas Mavericks can get their own luck going in these Finals.

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