After losing Game 3 to go down 2-1 in the NBA Finals, the Dallas Mavericks are seriously in need of a home win tonight against the Miami Heat. The game tips off just after 9 pm ET, and it can be seen on TV on ABC across the country. Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, and I presume new Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson will be calling the night.
Ahead of the game, SB Nation's Dallas Mavericks blog Mavs Moneyball has a long list of things that need to be improved for the Mavs to have a chance to win. Among them is the shooting percentage of Dirk Nowitzki's supporting cast.
That obviously is easier said than done but Kidd, Barea and Terry are a combined 26-80 (32.50%) from the field and 7-26 (26.92%) in the 4th Quarter. Kidd hits 41.28% of his treys, so I would put the major blame on Terry and Barea here. Especially Barea (5-23) hasn't had any impact so far. And like Stojakovic he just has to score to be efficient. The AST/TOV-Ratio is 1.00 with him on the floor. That's scary. Ball movement has been the Mavericks strength and against a challenging Miami defense this is even more important. The Offensive Efficiency is 92.70 with him and the team got outscored by 13. As long as he doesn't provide more scoring he should get no more then the backup minutes at the point.
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