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Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

Video: Jason Terry sticks in the dagger


On a night when there were hot shooters all over the court, Jason Terry was just ridiculous.

He finished 8-of-12 shooting for 21 points. He was 5-of-9 from beyond 16 feet and he had key threes.

But this is the one everyone will remember — the dagger three taken from roughly Fort Worth with a hand in his face, that was one of the many rainbows that dropped for Dallas in Game 5. It’s this shot that sealed the Mavs being one win away from an NBA title.

Dwyane Wade downplays hip injury, Spoelstra cautious

Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

As you would expect, Dwyane Wade said the bruised hip (that’s what it is being called officially) he suffered in the first quarter of Game 5 wouldn’t matter come Sunday and a must-win Game 6 for Miami.

“No problem, I’ll be good for Game 6,” Wade said in his post-game press conference, broadcast on NBA TV.

As you would expect, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was more cautious.

“We’ll have to see how he responds tomorrow,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after the game. “When he was able to sweat and keep it warm he was fine.

“Fortunately, we have an extra day and we’ll see if that’s enough.”

It probably will be. Even though Wade conceded he was not 100 percent after he came back from the locker room twice from getter treatment he played well. He was 6-of-9 shooting for 15 points with six trips to the line after the injury. It didn’t seem to slow him as he drove both ways and hit some impressive shots, including a little fadeaway over Tyson Chandler’s outstretched arm.

It wasn’t enough, the Heat lost 112-103 and now trail 3-2 in the series, which now heads back to Miami.

The injury happened with 4:01 left in the first quarter. Wade drove the lane and Brian Cardinal stepped in to try and take the charge and they had a pretty physical collision. Cardinal was called for blocking, although that was a pretty borderline play.

Wade was clearly injured and as grimaced immediately. He tried to play through it was within a minutes was on the sidelines then headed back to the locker room for treatment. He played 8:52 of the second quarter but the injury tightened up at half time and he did not come out with the team to start the second half. When he was inserted into the game with 4:33 left in the third quarter he did not come out the rest of the way.

Wade refused to talk about the injury post game, refused to talk about how it did or didn’t impact his game.

“It was unfortunate I had to leave the game, but I came back and I finished it,” Wade said.

He’ll need to play through whatever pain there is Sunday and play well, or it is the Heat that will be finished.

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LeBron says this is the biggest game of his career

LeBron James

This is the biggest game in LeBron James career. It may only be that way for a few days, but right now it is.

He gets it.

That’s what he said at shootaround Thursday when asked about his “now or never” tweet, as reported by NBA.com’s Hangtime blog.

“It was a personal message to myself,” James said after the Heat’s shootaround practice. “That’s just how I was feeling at that time, honestly. It was just a personal message to myself and had nothing to do with anyone else besides myself. I was just in a zone at that point … this is a big game, probably the biggest game of my life, well, not probably, it is. And I’m approaching it that way.”

For we basketball fans, we know the finals are not just about LeBron. They are about Dirk Nowitzki and the Heat trying to be a team and defense on the pick-and-roll. But for the casual fans, this series is about LeBron — love him or hate him, he is why people are tuning in. This series is seen as a validation of “The Decision,” whether that is fair or not, true or not.

With all that, put simply, this is the biggest game of LeBron’s career. He has been to only one other NBA finals and that one didn’t have a Game 5 because the Spurs swept the Cavaliers. So yes, this is the biggest game of his career.

Until Sunday’s Game 6. Then maybe next Tuesday’s Game 7.

Don’t expect Brendan Haywood to play in Game 5

Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

Officially, Brendan Haywood is a game time decision for Game 5.

Officially, I have a chance of getting a date with Minka Kelly. Both of these things have about the same chance of happening.

Which is to say, don’t expect Brendan Haywood to play in Game 5 Thursday night for Dallas. Which is what Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas tweeted Thursday.

The Mavericks will not officially shut the door on Haywood playing, in case that water they ordered from Lourdes shows up and a miracle happens. But Haywood himself said yesterday his strained hip flexor should take five or six weeks to heal and trying to play on it now just means no lateral movement. Which was not really a strength to begin with, but now Chris Bosh is blowing past him for easy buckets and Dallas can’t give those up.

But they miss Haywood’s steady play while Tyson Chandler rests. And if Chandler gets in foul trouble… just hope that doesn’t happen, Mavs fans.

We’ll tell you when it’s official. In case you are scoring at home.