Game 6, Sunday night is the definition of a must win for the Mavericks. The last thing they want is to open he door for an extremely talented team like the Heat. By winning game 5 the Mavericks have placed history on their side because 19 of the last 26 times a team has gone up 3-2 they have won the series.
Last year the Celtics and Lakers were in a very similar situation. The Celtics went back to LA up 3-2 and came out flat and got blown out by 20. They opened the door for the Lakers, and the Lakers won game 7 and the series.
The Mavericks players have stated that their attitude is that this is a game 7, and they are going to play that way. They have been great at closing out series so far in these playoffs and look to keep that going.
Game 6 will also be a good opportunity to win because Miami Heat star Dwayne Wade is still a little banged up. After injuring his hip in the second quarter of game 5, it is unknown how effective Wade will be in game 6. The trio of Wade, James, and Bosh are way too talented to give them any life whatsoever.
The Mavericks need to look no farther for motivation than the fact that a team has never lost Game 6 of the NBA finals on the road and won Game 7. The Mavericks need to come with one more focused and determined effort and beat a great team at home in order to do what every team hopes to achieve, win an always-elusive NBA title.
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