The Mavericks pulled out a stunner and it’s looking
more and more like this series is going to feature nothing but games that go
down to the last play.
Here’s a sampling of things that came out of the
From DeShawn Stevenson on Dirk Nowitzki’s 101-degree
fever: ““We knew he was going to play. He’s a soldier.
He’s our franchise player and we go through him. Him being out there with
a fever says a lot, in the Finals, especially with his finger being messed up.
He’s a tough player.”
The Mavericks still haven’t lost back-to-back games in
the playoffs since Games 3 and 4 in Portland in the first round. And as Jason
Terry said before Game 4, “I think the first team that wins two or three
in a row is going to take control.’’ So far, nobody’s done
that. Now only the Mavericks can win three in a row, and that will require them
to finish it off in six games.
Stevenson on the zone and not fouling Dwyane Wade: “I
think it was very effective. That’s when we got our push. They
didn’t have any shooters out there. It just opened up a lot of things.
… We weren’t set up and they didn’t know we were in a zone. I
think that helped us out a lot.”
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra on the rest of the series: “We’ll
move on to the swing game. And we have a golden opportunity in the next game.’’
Tyson Chandler on his 16 rebounds: “It was all about
effort. Like I said, we knew that it was going to be a tough night because with
the lineup change and then the way Dirk was feeling, that we were going to have
to step up. I knew my guys would need more shots tonight, so I tried to crash
the boards as well as get out in the lane and run.’’