NBA Finals 2011: 10 Ways for Miami Heat To Ensure Series Victory over Mavericks

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NBA Finals 2011: 10 Ways for Miami Heat To Ensure Series Victory over Mavericks
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Readers, I had this crazy nightmare where the Heat actually blew a fourth-quarter lead again. They were up by 15 points in one of the biggest games in franchise history and opted to take a defensive approach rather than pushing for the last eight minutes of a Finals game against one of the best teams in basketball. Thank goodness it was just a nightmare.

Wait, what?

For Heat fans, they basically lived a real-life nightmare when they witnessed their team blow a comfortable 15-point lead at home in only a few minutes' worth of time in the fourth quarter. Instead of using momentum and their athleticism to truly put the game out of reach, the Heat instead took a step back, took their foot off the gas pedal and allowed Dallas to stage a comeback. Instead of being up 2-0 heading into three games at the American Airlines Center, the series is tied at one apiece.

The comeback was a huge blow to the Heat, but it doesn't mean that they're out of it. They're still the same team that we have witnessed over the past month. They're the same team that only needed 10 combined games to take out the Chicago Bulls and the Boston Celtics and they're the same team that used fourth-quarter heroics to beat Dallas in Game 1. Game 2 was a mental lapse and a horrible one at that.

Home-court advantage belongs to Dallas now, but here are 10 ways for the Heat to come out with their dignity and pride in tact and a championship under their belts.

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