NBA Finals Game 5: Miami Heat (2-2) vs. Dallas Mavericks (2-2)

The NBA Finals have been shortened to whoever can win two games first, and tonight someone will get halfway there.  So far this has been a series that you hope for when getting to the end, with both teams have done their part in making it a Finals to remember.  Miami has their star power and highlight plays while the Mavs have their comebacks and fan-favorite superstar. 

Now it comes down to who can preform in the ultimate spotlight and which coach can make the right moves to stifle and confuse their opponent.  So far in the coaching battle it seems that Rick Carlisle has the edge with the way he has thrown different defensive looks at the Heat and adjusted his offense to deal with Miami's very aggressive D.

Of course the guy on Miami who everyone will be watching is LeBron James.  His 8 point output in Game 4 was very surprising and disappointing, especially at this point of the playoffs.  Granted, he was getting different defensive looks which can lead to a rough night, but that's all the more reason for him to be the focal point and under the microscope more then any other time this season. 

GAME NOTES

  • There have been 26 times where an NBA Finals has been tied at 2 game apiece, with the winner of Game 5 going 19-7 in those series'. 
  • Miami has now lost on the road in each series. 
  • This is the first time since 1948 and just the 3rd time ever that a Finals has had three straight games decided by 3 points or less. 
  • Dallas has won 6 times this postseason when trailing heading into the 4th quarter. 
  • The Heat is yet to lose consecutive games this playoffs. 
  • Miami is reporting no injuries.
  • For the Mavs, Caron Butler (knee) and Brendan Haywood (hip) are out. 

Tipoff from the American Airlines Center is set for 9pm.   If you are heading to the sold out watch party at the AAA, doors open at 8 and parking will be available in the P2 garage for $5 on a first come first served basis. 

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