Don’t call it a comeback in game 5. Call it routine, call it a playback, whatever you want to call it in the end we call it a win. The Mavs came from behind closing another game out strong for the W. The Mavs and Heat entered game 5 tied at 2 games a piece, making game 5 a huge game. The Mavs would be without the services of Brenden Haywood again as he is still bothered by a hip flexor issue. Dirk stated he was feeling better and had gotten over the sinus infection accompanied by a 102 degree temp. Dirk dropped 29, right around what you expect from Dirk every game. It was a total team effort that powered the Mavs through game 5. Everyone chipped in where they could. Cardinal gave some good quality minutes off the bench helping to fill in for the injured Haywood…hell, even the “foul machine” Ian Mahimi gave some solid minutes and even got himself logged in the stat books. Jason Kidd, Jason Terry and JJ Barea became the first 3 teammates in NBA finals history to score at least 10 points have at least 5 assists while hitting at least three 3’s. The Heat on the other hand played well, except for another MIA performance from Lebron in the 4th quarter.
One thing is for sure the Offense that has been absent for the entire playoffs so far was present in game 5. Both teams nearly reached their previous game totals in the first half of last nights game. The Mavs were able to get better looks and hit open shots that they had not been hitting consistently up to this point. Much credit has to be given to Coach Carlisle for his outstanding coaching in this series. He has made the right moves in the rotation and schemes in this series.
I’m still not getting ahead of myself. The Mavs still have a tough task to win one in Miami to obtain the hardware.
Mavs try and get this thing over with tonight in Miami…
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.