12 June 2011

2011 NBA Finals: Keys to Game 6

This NBA Finals has certainly been something to watch as both the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat have fought hard and have played some tremendous games. But now as the Mavs are one game away from the championship with the Heat on the ropes, here are the keys to the game.

  • Continue draining from three
    • Dallas has been lights-out from the perimeter thanks to terrific play from Jason Terry and J.J. Barea. If those guys can continue to shoot at their breakneck pace, Miami might be done
  • Defend the interior
    • The Mavericks has done a very good job of not letting the Heat get easy baskets on the inside. They need to continue to do that because the Heat have not shot the ball great. 
  • Do not let the Heat get out into transition
    • Miami is tremendous when they can get out and running because it is very hard to stop LeBron James and Dwayne Wade when they have a full head of steam. However, Dallas has worked very hard to prevent the Heat from getting into transition. I fully expect the Heat to try to get more buckets in transition so the Mavs have to continue the good work. 
  • Start getting more buckets from the perimeter
    • The Heat have not been able to keep up with the Mavericks when their shooters have not matched Dallas' shooters out on the perimeter. It is imperative for Mike Miller, Mike Bibby, Mario Chalmers, and James Jones to get open looks from three and make them because it will allow the Heat to open up on offense and spread Dallas out.
  • LeBron James has to show up in the fourth quarter
    • You know what may be the most surprising statistic of this series? He has scored only 11 points in the fourth quarter. I am stunned that James has been that nonexistent in the most important quarter and if he wants any shot of finally winning his first NBA title, he has to step up when needed. 
  • Find a way to slow down Dirk Nowitzki in the fourth quarter
    • Nowitzki has been tremendously tremendous in the fourth quarter in this series and has been the key for multiple Maverick comebacks. The Heat need to find a way to slow down Dirk and not let him get on a roll. 

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