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The last two games of the NBA Finals have both been decided by two points. One Dirk hit the game winner, the other he missed the game-tying shot.
One bounce here, or a call there, and the series could be 2-1 to Dallas.
Although it is so easy to hit the panic button, the Mavericks simply need to not overreact. The Mavericks have not played their best basketball yet—no where close to it.
The Mavericks haven't even put together a decent game wire-to-wire this series. Not once have they shown a solid 48 minute outing. And it's only 2-1.
The Mavericks need to take it one game at a time, and if they play any where near their best basketball, well, then they will have a chance to win this series. And that's all you need, a chance.
Each game the Mavericks have shown improvements in their game. Each game they are chipping away at Miami and finding more avenues to win. Now they just need to take them.
Dallas is clearly improving game-to-game, getting better shots and playing better defense. Shots just haven't been falling—ones that should be. Miami has shown no real improvement, and looks to be more vulnerable as the series goes on.
Call me crazy, but I think the Mavericks have found a formula to win.
The Mavericks are beginning to act, rather than react.
Dallas has won five quarters, Miami won four, and three have been tied. Miami has won two games, Dallas one. This series is far from over.
No one said it was going to be easy. In fact, everyone said it was going to be incredibly hard to beat this Heat team.
But, if any team has shown the resiliency to make one final comeback, it's the Dallas Mavericks.
Chin up Mavs fans, you still have Dirk Nowitzki—don't count yourselves out just yet.
Game 4 is Tuesday night in Dallas. Coverage starts at 8:30PM/EST on ABC.