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NBA Finals 2011: 5 Things Dallas Mavericks Must Do to Beat Miami Heat

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NBA Finals 2011: 5 Things Dallas Mavericks Must Do to Beat Miami Heat
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The Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat are both in the NBA Finals for the first time since 2006.

Five years ago, Dallas won the first two games against Miami before surrendering four straight losses. The epic collapse has haunted Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks ever since. They have been bounced in early rounds of the playoffs the last few years and many have called them “soft.”

But no one has called Nowitzki and the Mavs “soft” during these playoffs.

The Mavericks are in the midst of an incredible postseason run. During the first three rounds they have beaten the Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder.

When the playoffs started, no one thought they would make the NBA Finals, but here they are. The Mavs are one step away from an NBA title because they have a superstar who is virtually unstoppable and a collection of players who know their roles and execute perfectly.

The Heat are a formidable opponent and have three of the top NBA players on their roster—LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. They will not go down easily.

Here are the five things the Mavs must to do beat the Heat and capture their first ever NBA title.

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