Game 3? The Heat Is On!

DALLAS – By now you have seen the statistic regarding the significance of Game 3 of The Finals with a series tied at 1-1.

In the 11 times since the NBA has gone to the 2-3-2 format for The Finals, the team that has won Game 3 has gone on to win the series all 11 times.

In a series where every possession has to be treated like the last, that makes tonight’s crucial Game 3 a nuclear pressure cooker for both the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat.

But for LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Co. the stakes are even higher.

Think about it for a second. For a team that mandated championships or bust for the entire existence, these next 48 minutes basically define their season.

James said it best Saturday while discussing the Heat’s celebratory practices from Game 2 when said, “I just think everything gets blown out of proportion when the Miami Heat does things.”

Well, you can put tonight’s game high on that list, sir!

Because the Heat is certainly on for the team with the biggest stars, sorry Dirk Nowitzki, and the team with the biggest profile and the biggest stake in the outcome of whatever transpires in this series. And anyone screaming that it’s unfair for the Heat to shoulder more of that load than the Mavericks need only remember that this pressure is self-induced by the crew from South Beach. We’re playing by their rules and the standards they have set for themselves.

To their credit, both James and Wade have been marvelous in these situations before, as Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com’s Heat Index points out here:

Wade is playing in his 16th career playoff series and is tied at 1-1 for the sixth time. In those other instances, Wade has regularly delivered huge performances in those crucial Game 3s. In fact, the Heat are 5-0 with Wade in Game 3s in a tied series, including 1-0 this season when the Heat took command of the Eastern Conference finals with a Game 3 win over Chicago. Wade’s averaged 29.4 points on 52 percent shooting in those situations.

James is playing in his 17th career playoff series and is tied at 1-1 for the fifth time. In those other instances, James has delivered huge performances in those crucial Game 3s. The Cleveland Cavaliers were 3-1 in those Game 3s. James averaged 35.5 points on 47 percent shooting in those situations.

Obviously, that history alone won’t carry the Heat in this Game 3.

None of those superlative performances previously recorded came in a cauldron like the one they’ll face tonight. This is The Finals, where every bit of minutiae of every single moment is analyzed over and over again.

A Game 3 win on the road and the Heat’s late-game failings from Game 2 could be easily dismissed as a momentary lack of poise by a superior team still on a championship track.

A Game 3 loss on the road and that same Heat team faces a 2-1 deficit with two more games here in Dallas, where the heat is literally on with temperatures hovering near the triple digits all week, and the prospect of their championship dreams fading in the north Texas sun.

Once again, for tonight’s Game 3 at American Airlines Center, the Heat is most definitely on!

128 Comments

  1. Lots of Blood says:

    This series is now blowing into heats way, with younger bodies and full of superstars ( http://sportales.com/basketball/top-five-nba-players-of-all-time/ ) heat will seal this at their home court in AAA Florida.. Heat is going to crush the mavs just like what they did five years ago http://sportales.com/basketball/heat-versus-maverickswill-history-repeat-itself/ sending dirk cryin and defeated in their home town, and today, the same thing happens, a lone start cant win championsdhip, you need companions with better shots just like Miami, Miami will win this at game six just like what my uncle predicted, http://sportales.com/basketball/heat-versus-maverickswill-history-repeat-itself/

  2. DA HELL? says:

    At this rate, Terry its time to slap on that miami 2011 under that tattoo.

    DWADE gets things done period! only things standing in their way now is dirkhead (which is redirkulous how well hes playing) and of course the underperforming LBJ and CB

  3. seewhatyouwanttosee says:

    wow refs wow our biggest opponent wow

  4. OzHeatFan says:

    Miami were lucky to get this win… once again they proved how easy they can lose their leads….

    Bosh was poor as farch in the first half…. only 1 rebound??? call yourself a power forward???

    He got some good baskets.. in spurts in the 2nd half.. but that was an awesome block by Dirk when Bosh thought he was in for the slam..

    Thanks Wade & Mario Chalmers for getting us through this one..

    LBJ.. WTF were u doing launching a 3pt shot at the end of the game… you basically gave that game away.. 2pts or get to the foul line is all we needed..if Dallas hit a 3 after that.. you would.. once again be the biggest douche in the NBA.

  5. Tto says:

    well, i guess it’s written. series over. Miami wins.

  6. bullsnumber1 says:

    heat wins game three..amazing way to finish! nearly let it slip there for a bit but they dug deep to hold on..

    amazing!:)

  7. Steve K says:

    NBA officiating is an absolute joke! Makes me want to stop watching the game altogether.

  8. chris says:

    nowitzki = unmarketable face! even more when he stretches his tongue ala Jordan!

  9. chris says:

    cuban + nowitzki : what a flagship for the NBA! lol
    speaking about egos : look at jason terry’s tattoo! just ridiculous!

  10. Glan Green says:

    I don’t understand why everything that this Miami team those is blown out of proportions. havent we seen NBA Finals before. The series is 1-1. And the story is always the same. The team that wants it the most is the one the gets the rings.
    All finals have pressure moments. Why should this scenario be any different. Because James, Wade and Bosh got together and are playing on a Basketball team. Please…. As an NBA fan, isnt this exactly what we want to see, Great Basketball. I’m happy the league is offering such a show. People, shoot up and enjoy the show. And by the way. GO HEAT

  11. chris says:

    cuban + nowitzki : what a flagship for the NBA! lol
    speaking about egos : look at jason terry’s tattoo! just ridiculous!

  12. HeatIsOverrated says:

    The Mavericks will win this year’s playoffs.

    • Mr. eleven says:

      AND YOUR ARE OVERHATED! ALL OF YOU MAVS FAN ARE OVER CONFIDENT ESPECIALLY THAT DIRK’S REVENGE…

  13. MiamiWillWin says:

    Im tired of seeing post about the Egos of Dwyane Wade, Lebron James, or Chris Bosh. If they had a ego as strong as you all believe, they wouldnt have joined together. Miami will win in 6-7 games in my opinion.

  14. chris says:

    The only reason I would want the heat to win would be for mike bibby. He deserves a ring after he got robbed in the Kings/Lakers series. However, Dallas deserves the ring. You can see the hunger in their eyes when they play. Its not a game to them….its life.

  15. Guinnyss says:

    Even a hater have to agree that Heats gave Mavs that game. They left Dirk open for his last 4 shots. And i MEAN open, the last 2 should have been contested but Bosh was sleeping, the 3 point Bosh was just looking. But it’s nothing and i mean NOTHING the Heats can’t fix. Heat going to win the next 3 games. 4-1 series.

  16. js says:

    I cant imagin JJ and Jet playing badly again, they have to start hitting their shots. Peja too. They are in good shape once at least 2 of those guys gets it going off the bench. I think Marion will keep playing well hes come to play these finals. Dallas just won a game after digging themselves a huge hole, so they know they can win regardless of how the game is going in the first 3 quarters. This should let them play loose and should pay off. With the way these teams match up, and how the first 2 games have gone, I wouldn’t say this game 3 is the deciding game. I look at it as just game 3 which dallas should win, but the next 2 games are up in the air depending on tonight. Cant wait

  17. Guinnyss says:

    Heats know beating Mavs is easy, even easier than beating Celtics and Bulls. After watching game 2 they going to see how EASY it was until they decide to quit playing. But before the last 6 minutes, Heats going to see how EASY that game was.

  18. Let´s go Heat, put the ace in the T

  19. Let´s go Heat!!!, Let´s go Heat!!!, Let´s go Heat!!!

  20. Let´s go Heat!!! Let´s go Heat!!! Let´s go Heat!!!

  21. billy says:

    The thing about Miami I can’t stand is how much they took advantage of the teams they have eliminated so far. Philly was a young squad, Boston had injuries, and Chicago didn’t had the right pieces to finish off those guys in the fourth quarter and overtime and it was just too much for D-Rose. The difference with Dallas is that they are a complete team, with guys who have experience playoff disappointment like Dirk and Jason Kidd. I’m not saying Miami won’t win it, but if they and their fans think this is going to be another 5 game series, they are in for a surprise.

  22. KingLBJ2011 says:

    let me translate it for all you HEAT HATERS out there : Vamos Het que tenemos que ganar!

  23. bullsnumber1 says:

    both teams are great, or else they wouldn’t be in the finals! if the heat stick to the whole 48 minutes and play ball for the whole time and not slack off, they can win. similar situation for the mavs. they prove that you don’t have to be all young and fancy to make a championship final appearance and win a game. their game 2 turnovers is what killed the heat in the last quarter. playing the full 48 minutes will determine who wins tonights game and the rest of the series. either team is capable of winning the championship, it’s just a matter of who wants it more.

  24. leo says:

    To me the lost of the heat in the fourth quarter showed how MENTALLY… immature lebron and wayde are………..
    shooting from the outside….
    no post ups….
    setting up shots for the power forwards…
    and all the shots from the outside there was no rebound near the ball in the last 5 minutes…..
    AFTER MICHAEL JORDAN i have not seen any other one player take the game on his shoulder
    all way through the end like HIM…. GOOD LUCK HEAT…

  25. Vamos Het que tenemos que ganar!

  26. Freddy Soto says:

    Let´s go Heat!!

  27. KingLBJ2011 says:

    KING JAMES, FLASH and CB were in the top when they got drafted into the NBA. Does it not make sense why HEAT is the best? LET”S GO HEAT!!

  28. KingLBJ2011 says:

    KING JAMES, FLASH + CB = DOMINANCE!

  29. KingLBJ2011 says:

    WATCH DALLAS GET BUTT RAPED TONIGHT!!!!!

    • DIRK'S REVENGE!!! says:

      I would rather watch Basketball then watch men do THAT to each other …

      You should turn off the internet porn and watch the Finals, but do whatever you like best …

  30. KingLBJ2011 says:

    LBJ IS UNSTOPPABLE!!!! GO HEAT!!!!

  31. KingLBJ2011 says:

    LEBRON JAMES IS THE BEST PLAYER IN THE NBA AT THE MOMENT AND THE HEAT WILL WIN the 2011 FINALS TROPHY because of him

  32. LaZap says:

    oh… when the series is tied! Didn’t notice that. In that case, Sekou, you are right. My apologies.

  33. LaZap says:

    This comment isn’t true Sekou: “In the 11 times since the NBA has gone to the 2-3-2 format for The Finals, the team that has won Game 3 has gone on to win the series all 11 times.”
    In 2008 after Boston went up 2-0 on the Lakers, LA won game 3, then had that abysmal game 4… LA lost the series.

    • Sekou Smith says:

      When the series is tied 1-1 … it’s in the sentence before the one you copy and pasted

  34. I will just quote Boris Becker tonight:

    Boris to Marcelo Rios on clay (Mercedes cup):

    “Let me win one game”

    Crowd: laughing

  35. jone says:

    lets all just watch game 3,, who ever wins it will have a better chance of winning the series. i like both teams but still miami i think has the edge.. game 2 miami just became over confident but one thing i know that they wont let that mistake happen again.. dallas they have the home advantage but still need to give their 100 percent to stop miami.. very good series..

  36. philippe bouchard says:

    When Lebron had a bad game before the game after the heats win because he put up 35 pts or more that will be same things tonight in Dallas

    LETS GO HEATS!!!!

  37. Martin from Austria says:

    I think I said many things about last game, so I will just quote Dwyane Wade tonight: “My believe is stronger than your doubt”
    Let’s go Miami Heat!!!

  38. twicky says:

    IMO, this match is important both Dirk and LeBron: these players deserve a championship cuz of their great career. I don’t think this is a topic team, but an individual’s. Thanks!

  39. 3rD says:

    @ZULU, The Heat won the 2006 Finals… Get your facts straight.

  40. LegalAmerican says:

    game 2 recap….’.It only takes a Dirk to flatten 3 bloated Egos!

    • Danny says:

      Uhh, I’ve seen the Dallas players get a bit heavy on the demonstrations as well, ESPECIALLY when they hit a 3 pointer! So do they have bloated ego’s as well??? And what’s with Dirk always pushing other players, not just in this series either. Watch for it. People like to say that the Heat have bloated egos, but most players in ALL of professional sports have an ego. They wouldn’t make to the pro’s without one, so FIND ANOTHER ARGUMENT!!! I’m rooting for the Heat because talk about a bandwagon! The band wogan is the I hate the Heat bandwagon. People love to hate a winner……………

  41. Sad.. says:

    Lol out of nowhere there’s alot of heat fans now? bandwagons? Stay true man..just because the heat is exciting and their winning games..doesn’t mean you automatically make them your favorite team now. Pathetic..I’m pretty sure 100% all the people here that said “GO HEATS”..is not even a heat fan. They just started cause their winning..

    • Luis. says:

      Look Mr. Sad Im Miami Heat fan since Harold Miner when he was considerate the baby Jordan cuz his dunks.
      Alonzo
      Hardaway ECF 97
      Majerle 3 points
      Mashburn
      Williams white chocolate
      Michael Doleac
      James Posey

      Need I say more?

      Even Lamar Odom in 2004.

  42. mj23 says:

    haha check this out people i bet you,you will laugh hard as hell http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHVat4A465g

  43. dallasbigguy says:

    The Heat are WAY OVERATED!!! IT SHOWS. THE HUMBLE TEAM WILL WIN!

  44. ZULU says:

    The stats may or may not fortell the final outcome of this series. What we do know for certain is that as of 2:48 cst neither one of these teams have won a NBA Championship ever. LBJ, DW, CB and Dirty D had all better bring their best to the arena. It should be just as hot on that floor tonite as the air outside the arena. Both of these squads are good but I still miss seeing the San Gabriel Mtns on those tv pre-game shots……..

  45. Dre says:

    Stats are nothing but stats. The only thing that will beat Miami or Dallas tonight and beyond is their mental toughness or lack thereof.

  46. FlashIsGreatest says:

    I think what happened was they were confused in the 4th. They usually have to comback themselves to win it. They didn’t know what to do when they were winning so badly. Plus LeBron took some awful shots near the end. Fadeaway 3′s? What are you thinking????

  47. Lang says:

    I think either Heat get it 4-1 or lose it 4-1 , the former is more likely.
    Game 3, I believe heat will be able to win by 10pts.

  48. Sapa says:

    I think the heat is more on the Mavs because this is probably Kidd’s last time to get a ring and Dirk doesnt have much time left either. Lebron and Wade still have plenty of time left for a ring. But anyway I think Lebron is gonna be among those amazing players who never win a ring whether its because of ego or fate. GO MAVS

  49. wesley says:

    go heat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  50. Fredwreck says:

    Ok, so to those saying the stats of 11 series THAT WERE TIED AFTER TWO GAMES are wrong, please learn to read. That game 3 for Detroit and LA only put em back down 2-1 in those series… but hey congratulations on those 2 champions who can’t read!

  51. rosbulls says:

    The statistics refers to when the game was tied at 1-1, the team that won game 3 won all 11 of the series. All the counter-examples you’ve provided above is when the series was a 2-0.

  52. Snow-Blind says:

    @jeremy burl

    I think what he meant was in a series tied at 1 game apiece, the team that won Game3 went on to win the championship.Spurs were up 2-0 in 2005, series was not tied at 1-1. The statistic is in reference to the previous 11 NBA Finals series tied at 1-1.

  53. LEBRON-WADE says:

    Hey.. Heat dominates both games easily… the last one a bad finish.. but obviously Heat dominate Mavs all game…

    The first game a bad game for Wade… and bench and Heat Won…

    The second game a bad game for Bosh… and Heat should won.. It never happen again.

    Think about a good game for three musketeers and bench… with the defense… Heat win by 20 easily each game…

    • dallasbigguy says:

      Dallas just lost first game to win last in Dallas. Dallas knew they could win second game all along, and they did! It takes more than 2 stars to beat a Great Team. GO MAVS!

  54. RMN says:

    Yeah, is true… it was only a bad finish game…

    I’m sure Wade and Lebron will take it over tonight. My prediction Heat won by 12.

    Wade 28 and Lebron 34…

    Lebron the KING WITH A RING WATING FOR HIM…

    NEXT COUPLES OF SEASONS “HE WILL BE THE LORD OF THE RINGS” LOL for Kobe fans…

  55. T.J. says:

    I think Miami need game 3 more b/c the last thing the Heat need is to be down 2-1 & Caron Butler makes an appearance during the games in Dallas. The Dallas fans will be going going crazy knowing the team is 2 wins away from the championship. I’m not saying Butler will or will not make a difference but the fans respect the fact that he wants to play in the finals. For Miami, I don’t see Lebron going 0-4 in the 4th & Bosh going 4-16 in field goals. Miller & Haslem need to find a way to impact the game, whether scoring, rebounding, or simply making hustle plays. So far, both games have been good & tonight i expect nothing less from these 2 good teams so good luck to both Miami & Dallas.

  56. kwamepooh says:

    @DeAndreMH and that cocky attitude will break miamis neck. they were thinking exactly that in the fourth quarter of game two…”yeah we can beat them in our sleep” and when it mattered they choked! and james is talkin the same ish like when he was on the cavs…
    btw mavs had 20 TOs and still won last game without big production of barea and terry….

  57. Gmoney says:

    All over the world they have marvelled at Nowitzkis pure skill, silky moves, and a unbeatable calm that will win Mavs there first nba championship. I look at the Heat team and how they have had to put togther a boys club of 3 U.S.A olympic players just to get a ring for James and Bosh and to try put another story on Wades towering ego. This is simply a team vs over the top egos and the Mavs will start to show how great of a team they are as the series goes on and Dirk, Chandler, Kidd, Terry and co. will undoubtedly lead them to glory. I see Mavs in 6 games because it will become more obvious what team and structure means.

  58. jeremy burl says:

    “In the 11 times since the NBA has gone to the 2-3-2 format for The Finals, the team that has won Game 3 has gone on to win the series all 11 times” Thats not true sekou the Pistons and the Spurs had that same format and with the pistons down 0-2 they went back to the palace and won games 3 and 4 to tie up the series but eventually lost that series in game 7. So not every game 3 winner has won the finals. But then again ratings werent high for the finals that year so maybe that one is not even on your list. Go Pistons!!! VEIW THE 2005 SCORES BELOW

    Game 1
    DET-69
    SAS 84

    Game 2
    DET- 76
    SAS- 97

    Game 3
    SAS- 79
    DET- 96

    Game 4
    SAS- 71
    DET-102

    Game 5
    SAS- 96
    DET- 95

    Game 6
    DET- 95
    SAS- 86

    Game 7
    DET- 74
    SAS- 81

    • Kevin says:

      san antonio was up 2-0 … can you read ? …It says when it is tied 1-1 the winner of game 3 has taken it 11 times… but cool list of scores buddy

    • Paul says:

      when they have been tied 1-1….

    • Zeradius says:

      Sigh, again with the misreading. Sekou meant was that in the 2-3-2 format, WHEN THE SERIES IS 1-1 (which he clearly stated in the line above) the team who won Game 3 won the series, a perfect 11 for 11. Eight times, the team who was on the road won game 3 and went on to win the series. Get it?

      • Zeradius says:

        Besides, they have gone to the 2-3-2 format since 1985, thats a total of 26 times so how does what you just said make any sense? Lolz!

  59. Luis. says:

    i can´t make predictions because I´m not wizard or something. I just live the present and I only I know It reamins around 6 hours for Game 3. I just live the present. I wish and I desire Miami win the Game 3. The future is uncertain. Let´s go Heat!!.

  60. Delonte says:

    It’s interesting to see the number of Heat bandwagoners on this. Where were you all when Miami had like the worst record in the NBA when Wade was hurt? And how about at the start of the season, when the Heat were 9-8? I’m wishing for Dallas to win because I want to see Lebron cry like the baby he really is and the excuses you fanboys will have then. Oh, and the Heat didn’t lose to Dallas in Game 2. DALLAS BEAT THE HEAT

    • Danny says:

      Who are you to say who are “Bandwagoner’s?” You don’t have personal knowledge of anybody on this blog. I have been a Heat fan for years, and I have also been a James fan since he’s been in the league, and the fact that they’re together is even better! You wouldn’t call someone a “Bandwagoner” if they hopped on your favorite teams wagon, but if it’s someone else’s then it’s a bad thing. People are allowed to like who they like for whatever reason they want to, and it’s NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS!! Must be a Laker’s fan, or a Cavaliers fan…. Waaaa, waaaa……… Loser!

  61. mfflmae says:

    LET’S GO MAVS!!!

  62. Na164 says:

    Just wanna make a correction on the text that was written. It says “In the 11 times since the NBA has gone to the 2-3-2 format for The Finals, the team that has won Game 3 has gone on to win the series all 11 times.”. Sekou Smith is wrong! Look back at 2008 NBA Finals, when the Celtics won the championship. They lost Game 3 in that series, but they still won the series. Get your facts right before you write them. Celtics Fan from Sweden!

    • theguy says:

      When the series was tied 1-1. So Seku is right.

    • Paul says:

      when the series has been tied 1-1….

      • bullsnumber1 says:

        lol okay mr sweden..please read blog properly before you make a fool of yourself..when the games are TIED 1-1, not just any playoff game 3.

    • Mr. eleven says:

      LOL LEARN TO READ, HE SAID THE LAST 11 GAMES OF WHICH THE GAME TIED AT 1-1, AND WHO WON THE 3RD GAME WIN THE FINALS. 8 OF 11 OF THAT GAMES WON BY ROAD GAMES MEANS THOSE COURT ADVANTAGE. GET IT???

    • OzHeatFan says:

      @Na164 <<>> LEAVE THE BLOG IMMEDIATELY!!!

  63. CC says:

    This is going to be a close game. Everybody talked about how Heat faltered against a team they were dominating but in reality the Mavericks were right on their heals the whole game. Heat made a run and took a 15 point lead then mavericks made a run and came back. If Novitski finds his stroke this game, and Terry gets his three ball game on, Mavericks take this game and possibly series.

  64. AGPOET says:

    ALL THE HEAT HAVE TO DO IS STAY FOCUS ON THE MISSION AT HAND, THEY HAVE ALREADY PROVEN THAT THEY CAN OUT PLAY DALLAS, THE JUST HAVE TO KEEP PLAYING EVEN IF THEY ARE UP BY 15 POINTS. THE COACH HAS TO PLAY HIS BENCH BETTER AT TIMES OF BIG LEADS, JUAN HOWARD CAN HELP KEEP PEOPLE OFF THE BOARDS! LEBRON MAY NOT HAVE THE DRIVE TO PUT A TEAM AWAY , BUT WE KNOW WADE DOSE! HE IS THE BEST PLAYER IN THE NBA TO ME BECAUSE HE KEEPS PLAYING WHEN HIS GAME IS OFF.
    GO HEAT!!!!!!!!!!!

  65. AGPOET says:

    ALL THE HEAT HAVE TO DO IS STAY FOCUS ON THE MISSION AT HAND, THEY AHVE ALREADY PROVE THAT THEY CAN OUT PLAY DALLAS, THE JUST HAVE TO KEEP PLAYING EVEN IF THEY ARE UP BY 15 POINTS. THE COACH HAS TO PLAY HIS BENCH BETTER AT TIMES OF BIG LEADS, JUAN HOWARD CAN HELP KEEP PEOPLE OFF THE BOARDS! LEBRON MAY NOT HAVE THE DRIVE TO PUT A TEAM AWAY , BUT WE KNOW WADE DOSE! HE IS THE BEST PLAYER IN THE NBA TO ME BECAUSE HE KEEPS PLAYING WHEN HIS GAME IS OFF.
    GO HEAT!!!!!!!!!!!

  66. DeAndreMH says:

    dallas had to go on a 22-5 run just to win by 2 points and theres no way miami will let that happen again. miami knows they can beat dallas in their sleep and i think everyone will know that today . miami will win by 20 points lol

    • Zeradius says:

      You do realize though that Dallas before that stretch turned the ball over 20 freaking times and 15 times it was “live ball” turnovers leading transition dunks against uhhh, let me see……….. THE TOP TRANSITION TEAM IN THE NBA! The main reason Heat even got up by 15 points is because of Dallas sloppy play. The last 7:13 of the game, they had zero turnovers and well, we know how the legend goes.

    • kwamepooh says:

      and that cocky attitude will break miamis neck. they were thinking exactly that in the fourth quarter of game two…”yeah we can beat them in our sleep” and when it mattered they choked! and james is talkin the same ish like when he was on the cavs…
      btw mavs had 20 TOs and still won last game without big production of barea and terry…

    • QuestionMark says:

      You forget Dallas is 7-1 at home and that one loss was to OKC, that being said they never lost by 20, and I highly doubt they will let themselves be down by 20, they will be fighting till the end, that is how this team rolls.

  67. Patrick says:

    Heat look stronger, and Nowitzki is there with a good old team. Not easy job for Miami, they should win…But if Jason Terry, Peja, and Kidd start something, they will be in trouble.

  68. Jar1118 says:

    if the heat wants to provve they’re worthy to win the championship, this is their chance of proving they deserve it!….beat the mavericks in their homecourt. there is no sweeter way of doing it than this….go heat!

  69. Chris says:

    What is he talking about? The stakes are the highest for the Heat? NO WAY!
    The Heat will win several Trophys no matter how this series ends, but for the Mavs this is probably the only chance for a while, and for JKidd this is almost definitely the last chance to earn a ring. To me these are higher stakes than the Heat player’s ego.

    • OzHeatFan says:

      I COULDNT AGREE MORE!!!!

      Miami is setting themselves up for the next 5 years!!!
      For Dallas… this could be the last run at the Finals…

      I hope the Heat win, but if Dallas do.. then I’ll be happy for them… they’ve played their as* off to get here…
      Along with all the haters, bashing on them.. the Heat just took a stroll through philly, celtics and bulls.. and tripped over and landed in the Finals..

      In the next few yrs, (hopefully no lock-out) Heat wil add a couple more key players to the bench.. and then they’ll be solid as a rock.

  70. asdf says:

    it all comes down to wether the Jet produces or not. Barea, Peja, and the rest of the crew would help certainly but the key to this series is Terry. I can’t stop saying how much this reminds me to what the Microwave meant to the Pistons in their back to back championship runs. When you got a guy like that, if he gets in a groove he can immediately spark a run, making for a very dangerous team. Miami has to check on Terry, and respect Nowitzki with double teams if they want to win.

  71. BOUNTY says:

    Tonight’s game will be highly intense, but rebounding ans bench points will be key to either team success in winning

  72. Goldenstaes says:

    arrogance and ignorance will deny Heat championship ring as long as Lebron is on the team. Wade get rid of James and you’ll get your second ring next year. wake up Wade before your team becomes Lebron’s team @Goldenstaes

    • Zeradius says:

      Yeah, because D-Wade did soooo much in that Chicago series right? Remember me again who carried the team? D-Wade shot 41% that series for 18.8 points and still took more shots than Bosh Spice who shot the ball at 59% and carved up the Chicago D for two 30 point games that series. Besides, Lebron was the leading scorer and at a much higher percentage and made all the clutch shots down the stretch of every game

      • Padron says:

        not exactly taking sides but, remind me who averaged 34 points in the 06 finals, and 40 in the final four games? I belive that’s carrying a team…

  73. csav says:

    The heat big 3 will overwhelm the 1 superstar and Co. in Dallas. gonna take 2 of 3, then finish it in Miami. Heat in 6, been saying it ever since the finals were set. Bosh needs a good game though, and they need to play 48 mins of solid defense. Go HEAT!

  74. jowell says:

    i guarantee Game 3 Heat will win!!!!

    • theguy says:

      Oh okay, as long as you personally guarantee it. Im gonno go bet 10k on them, yes?

  75. LOLakers says:

    Phallus can’t take the Heat! They got lucky that Miami fell apart in the last game but that’s never gonna happen again! Every team they’ve faced so far has caught them on one bad night and won one game but the Heat have always pounded them after that one loss! Heat in 5! I’d tell Phallus to go fishing but you can’t do that in the desert LOL!

    • Zeradius says:

      You cant be that retarded to think Heat are going to sweep Dallas in Dallas. Dude, please wake up……………. even tho I like the Heat, lets be realistic here.

  76. Gabriel Souza says:

    Vamo heat.
    Vamo acaba com os Mavs hoje.
    Vamo ser campeão !

  77. TRIBINSKI says:

    I am thinking what will be the Miami fans EXCUSES after Dallas Mavericks win tonight… Mavs keep focus on game, WE BELIEVED….

    • Mr. eleven says:

      OH MR.ARROGANT WHO FORECAST THAT THE GAME IS 4-0 SWEEP BY MAVS. I’M WONDERIN ALSO WHAT WILL BE YOUR EXCUSES OF WHAT YOU HAD SAID…..”SWEEP?!”

  78. Carlo Dante says:

    If the Heat do not accept the fact that they lost because they chose to play Hollywood-ball and Hero-ball in the 4th quarter, they will lose game 3. Game two was not just another game, it was a direct result of the Heat removing their focus from the game plan and getting into poor habits. If they want the satisfaction of celebrating a shot, the ego satisfaction of the roar of the crowd after a dagger shot, or proving they are supers, they will lose.

  79. Mr. eleven says:

    TO ALL MONEY MAKERS,

    IT’S GAMBLING TIME! I MEAN IT’S GAME TIME LOL…

    GO HEAT, GAME 2 IS DONE, WE NEED TO FOCUS AND LOOK FORWARD ON GAME 3. GOODLUCK GUYS!

  80. Nic says:

    How about the 2008 Finals? LA won Game 3 right but they didn’t win the series.

    • Zeradius says:

      But the series was not tied at 1 apiece. That is what the statistic is about. The last 11 times the series was tied 1-1, the team who won game 3 has gone onto win the series. Eight of out those 11 times, it has been the road team. :)

  81. usman says:

    @seewhatyouwanttosee how you put it in simple words. 3 more win and 2 more loses these teams can afford.

  82. LovetheHeat says:

    now it’s time to make up with that mess in game 2…

    GO HEAT!!!

  83. HeatWave says:

    I believe Miami will take this one from Dallas.

  84. Mark says:

    Come on Heat… Don’t overHEAT during the 4th quarter just like what happened on game 2.. you cant afford to lose in Dallas Court.. Good luck

  85. makmak says:

    heat

  86. DIRKISONFIRE says:

    GO MAVS!! PROVE THEM WRONG!! STATS ARE JUST NUMBERS!!

    #LETS.GO.MAVS!

  87. bonik. says:

    i believe in dwyane wade.finals MVP. :)

  88. bonik. says:

    i believe in dwyane wade. :)

  89. seewhatyouwanttosee says:

    we don’t know what is going to happen but what ever does it should be exciting go heat only 3 more wins and 2 more losses you can afford goodluck guys

  90. AusRob says:

    The Heat will falter if they mentally dismiss Game 2 as one of those “Hey remember when!” moments they’ll have when kicking back on South Beach with a pina colada in one hand and the Larry O’Brien trophy in the other. You can talk all you like about how the Heat “collapsed” and “lost it more than Dallas won it”, because then there’s no change of attitude. They also must realise that Dallas realises how important these next three games are. I don’t think they can win two games in a row in Miami, so in other words they need to win two of the next three and be on the cusp if the series heads back to South Beach.

    • OzHeatFan says:

      Exactly…

      Heat need to steal this one or the next one to keep 6 & 7 @ home. If i was able to bet that the Heat will win one of the next 2, I’d put my house on it. As we all know, Heat & Dallas have the best away records this year..

      Come on HEAT!!!

  91. James says:

    let’s go heat!