No Margin for Error: Mavericks Must Win Game 4

Falling behind in the series and ceding home court back to the Miami Heat has the Dallas Mavericks in a tough position. They must solve the Heat tonight and even the series at two games apiece.

To accomplish this the Mavericks must not allow themselves to fall behind early in the game. Then they need significant contributions from their bench on both sides of the ball. Ideally, they would use the raucous Dallas crowd as inspiration to bury the Heat early. But none of this is possible if the Mavericks bench shooters continue at their wretched pace. The instant Peja Stojakovic spells Dirk Nowitzki, the Heat go on a 10-0 run. Jason Terry and J.J. Barea must make the most of their open looks. Dirk cannot do this thing alone! Cut down on the turnovers – that single aspect could be considered the difference in game three.

So, on the menu tonight are early stops of the Heat and productive offensive possessions for the Mavericks, followed by frustrated Heat players taking bad fouls and desperate three point shots.

Game four is tonight @ 8 pm CDT in Dallas.

Dirk takes a shot (Ft. Worth Star Telegram)

Dirk takes a shot (Ft. Worth Star Telegram)

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