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Mavs’ Role Players Missing In Action

DALLAS — In the event that they either need or ask for a little help from their supporting cast, Miami’s Big Three can rest easy knowing that Mario Chalmers, Udonis Haslem, Mike Miller and even Joel Anthony will do something to make a contribution of some sort in The Finals.

The Heat’s 2-1 lead in this series has been a vivid illustration of that, with each and every one of those role players doing their part to push the Heat to within eight quarters of a championship, courtesy of the enormously powerful coat tails of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh.

On the flip side, if Dirk Nowitzki sends up a Bat-signal over American Airlines Center this week looking for a little crunch-time assistance, there is no guarantee his call will be answered. As good as Jason Terry, J.J. Barea and Peja Stojakovic have been at times throughout this postseason, they’re not giving Nowitzki nearly enough support when he needs it — now.

Even the reliable Shawn Marion, who played above and beyond what anyone could have expected in the first two games of this series, struggled in the Mavericks’ Game 3 loss Sunday night. So it’s not just the bench that is coming up short; Nowitzki has outscored the other four Mavs starters 34-28.

As brilliant as Nowitzki has been at crunch time in this series (he scored the Mavericks’ final 12 points Sunday night), it’s clear he’s going to need a lot more help if this series is going back to Miami this weekend for a Game 6.

“Look, we’ve got a top nine guys that are rotation guys,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “I’ve consistently pointed out that we don’t have a specific pecking order. We’re a team built on balance. We’re a team where it may take seven guys scoring four points or more or five points or more, or eight [guys] scoring three points or more. We never know for sure.”