The Dallas Mavericks pulled off yet another furious comeback in the 4th quarter. The Mavs trailed by 15 after Dwayne Wade hit a three from the corner then held his follow through for the sculptor sitting behind the Mavs bench…Oh there was no sculptor I’m told. The Mavs then started to sure up things on the defensive end of the court, make shots and take advantage of a Heat team that had obviously thought they had the game won. A veteran filled Mavs roster knows that until that clock reads 0:00, the game ain’t over just yet. Dallas let Miami close an early gap, eventually take the lead and then grow the lead to 15 mainly due to turnovers. Dallas did miss some shots early that they usually make, but the turnover area is what hurt them the most. The Heat thrive in the open court and hurt their opponents in transition. The Mavs turned the ball over an uncharacteristic 20 times which lead to 31 Heat points. When the Mavs began their comeback, taking care of the ball, turning up the defensive intensity and allowing the Heat to take some bad shots, turned the game in the way of the Mavs. Dallas then ended the game on a 22-5 run, with you know who scoring the last 9 Dallas points himself. Leading to a 95-93 win. Dirk showed his cogs again late in this game. Dirk hit the clutch 3 pointer to tie and then got to the rack with his “hurt” left hand on Bosh for the go ahead basket.
The play of Marion and Chandler must be mentioned too. Both played outstanding and were big contributors in the win…along with the rest of the team. (minus Peja, again) Haywood left with a hip injury late in the game has been listed day to day until he was switched to questionable today. The play of Haywood has been a huge plus for the Mavs. He is out for tonight and his loss could hurt the Mavs. Without Haywood, Chandler must stay out of foul trouble so that he can log more minutes on the floor. It will also force Carlisle to play either smaller lineups or lineups with Mahimi. Either way, the Mavs will be at a disadvantage at times and must play smart and protect the ball.
Many can and will question the Heat players and the decisions of Coach Spoelstra down the stretch of game 2, but this isn’t the first comeback that this Mavs team has made…Lakers or Thunder ring a bell? This Mavs team has shown character and a never say die attitude that is needed in a championship contender. If you recall a 23 point collapse in a loss to the Blazers back in round 1…. How’d the Mavs respond then?…just by winning seven straight. Nbd.
The Mavs split the two games in Miami and now head to Dallas for the most important game 3. Since the Finals format went to the 2-3-2 format in 1976, when a series is tied at 1-1 the winner of game 3 has gone on to win the series 100% of the time.
We will see just how each team will respond in Game 3 tonight.
The house Rowdy, Proud & Loud that I know for sure.
About the Author
Written by Andy R Strom
I was born in Dallas, TX and raised in the suburb of Coppell, TX. I grew up eating and breathing sports. I "buy local" when it comes to my teams, Mavs, Cowboys, Rangers, Stars, Longhorns. I am 28 years old and currently live in Wisconsin where I graduated college from the Univerisy of Wisonsin Whitewater with a degree in health, human performance and recreation with a minor in coaching. I still follow my teams just as much now as when I am living back in Texas, they're just a little harder to see in person now. However, I follow all major sports and teams and love a good debate.