2011 NBA FINALS GAME 4: Better Bench. Or Else.

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Simple. If their reserve players don't perform better, the Mavericks will lose the NBA Finals.

And that starts tonight in Game 4 at the American Airlines Center. Jason Terry has to be more productive than the player who has shot only 38 percent and failed to produce a 20-point game.

But who gives a rat's ass what I say? Dirk Nowitzki, your thoughts?

"Jet hasn't really been a crunch-time, clutch player for us the way we need him to."


It isn't, of course, just Terry.

The Mavs' bench, which averaged 39 points per game in the playoffs' first three rounds, is mustering only 21 against Miami's stifling defense. Their combined scoring edge through three games is only 65-57. That's 65 points in three games, from a bench that scored 86 in a single game -- Game 4 -- against the Lakers.

Peja Stojakovic has yet to hit a 3-pointer in 26 feeble Finals minutes.

Terry's been shut down, if not out, by LeBron James' defense, which held him without a fourth-quarter point in Games 1 and 3.

And, let's face it, J.J. Barea is getting his ass handed to him by Mario Chalmers.

Miami's backup point guard hit four 3-pointers in Game 3. In the series Chalmers is outscoring Barea by a whopping 33-13.

Without Caron Butler and with Roddy Beaubois not a viable option after not playing in the postseason, head coach Rick Carlisle's options are limited. If Peja isn't making his outside shots and if Barea isn't finishing his drives into the lane with made layups, they are both defensive liabilities.

In other words, Dirk is right. Jason Terry, the time is now.

"We're going to come out in Game 4 like it's Game 7," Terry said Sunday night.

Would have loved for Dallas to play Game 3 like Game 7, but oh well, better late than never.

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 terry cannot carry D, play your game as if this is only regular games, more passing maybe work from dallas because they have better shooters than miami try to find open people.


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Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

Its all about who wants it more and who blinks first when push comes to shove. Its obvious that Dirk wants it more than anyone else on the court. He's willing to do whatever it takes to get it. The Heat don't so much want it badly as believe they are entitled to it. If the rest of the Mavs can want it more than the Heat believe its theirs for just being the Heat, we could easily win this thing. But they don't. I guarantee you if someone kidnapped Jet's daughter and threatened to kill her unless he scored 30 points, he'd find a way to score 30 points. I'm sure he wants a championship, I'm sure they all do, but their commitment to getting it isn't as high as it needs to be. And its sad for Dirk, who couldn't be doing any more than he's doing. Dirk is painfully aware that this might well be his last real opportunity. Everyone else seems to think they're just lucky to be in the Finals and if they never win a ring, well, lots of good players never win rings. Most of them, in fact..It all boils down to wanting it more than the Heat believe they're entitled to it. The Heat are not invincible. No, they are quite vincible. Quite vincible indeed. But only to those who want it perhaps more than they've ever wanted anything else in their lives. And I don't see that from anyone except Dirk.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I would've liked your post Tad, but the darkness in the middle made me stop short.  Vincible=Heat

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

You're right. What I should have said, but didn't think of it at the time, was, "I guarantee you if someone offered Jet a pound of cotton candy and a bag of smiles if he scored 30 points, he'd find a way to score 30 points".