Dwayne Wade says night in and night out that the Miami Heat lay their hat on defense. And after the 88-86 shutdown on Dirk & Co. I can believe that they just might. Equipped with 3 of the leagues top 20 scorers and 2 of the leagues top 3 scorers, the Miami Heat have a unique advantage against most teams by relying so heavily on lockdown defense and using their offensive dominance when it matters.
So the plate is definitely full for the Dallas Mavericks. Looking at a 2-1 series tonight at the American Airlines Center for the Mavs and the window for a ring is starting to get alot smaller.
|James is Magic, not Jordan|
So let's take a look at tonight's key to watch:
The Dallas Mavericks
Dirk Nowitzki has to have help-
Here are some of the lines from the bench in Game 3 for the Mav's and Heat:
LeBron James 17 Dwyane Wade 29 Chris Bosh 18 Joel Anthony 2 Mike Bibby 3
Udonis Haslem 6 Mario Chalmers 12 Mike Miller 0 Juwan Howard 1
Team Totals 88
Starters PTS Shawn Marion 10 Dirk Nowitzki 34 Tyson Chandler 5 Jason Kidd 9 DeShawn Stevenson 3
Jason Terry 15 Jose Barea 6 Ian Mahinmi 2 Peja Stojakovic 2 Brian Cardinal 0 Team Totals 86
"I'm not really worried about it. I didn't call him out. I was just stating a fact. He knows he had zero points in [the fourth quarters of] Game 1 and Game 3. He knows that's not going to cut it."
|Terry must now answer on the court|
"They know to take me out of the fourth quarter, which they didn't do in Game 2," Terry said of the Heat's choice to turn to James defensively, "then they got a good chance."
Added Terry: "Let's see if [James] can defend me like that for seven games."
Last thing Miami needed in this series was bulletin board material, and especially not LeBron James, who responded after all the hype behind the comments.
"You got to let sleeping dogs lie sometimes. But, maybe he's trying to get himself going and maybe that's what he looks for. You never know guys' motivation and their tactics and everything behind stuff. We know that Jason Terry is a great player and he's going to really try to impose his will tonight and we really have to be ready for that."
And as for James potentially wearing down from guarding Terry for seven games.
"LeBron is 26," Dwyane Wade said.
"He’s not going to wear down and he’s going to look forward to the challenge."
So tune in tonight at 8pm ET on ABC, or whatever local affiliate you have that broadcasts the game, because this is going to be probably one of the hardest fought games of the series.
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