Dallas Mavericks free agent point guard Jason Kidd hasn't telephoned Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant offering any advice on how to beat the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.
But Kidd did say: "I've congratulated Durant each time they've clinched and wished them well.''
The Thunder trail the Heat, 2-1, in the best-of-seven series, which resumes Tuesday at 8 p.m. in Miami. The situation for the Thunder is similar to the Mavs, who trailed the Heat, 2-1, in last year's NBA Finals before Dallas recovered and won Games 4 and 5 at home, then clinched the series with a Game 6 victory in Miami.
"I can only look at what we went through in Miami when we got the split (of the first two games) in Miami,'' Kidd said. "And I've always felt that Games 4 and 5 were the biggest of the series, because it's hard to win three games in a row at home, which we didn't do.
"We won (Games) 4 and 5 (in Dallas), and ended up winning (Game) 6 on the road.''
Kidd believes if the Thunder have strong desires to win this series against Miami, they must play Game 4 as if its their Game 7.
"I think Game 4 for Oklahoma City is huge, and then I've always thought the swing games are the biggest,'' Kidd said. "Game 5 is a swing game for both teams because if Miami can win one of the two (games between Games 4 and 5), they can be in the same seat as we were.
"And that was to win Games 6 or 7 (and the series).''
-- Dwain Price
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