Before the All-Star break the Dallas Mavericks were one of the hottest teams in the NBA. Dallas had won six of their last seven games including a road win against the Indiana Pacers to finish out the first half of the NBA season.
Now rested and refreshed, Dallas can start the second half of the NBA season Tuesday night as they host LeBron James and the Miami Heat. Any NBA fan knows there isn’t much love for these two teams. The Heat defeated the Mavericks in 2006 to win the NBA title only to have Dallas repay the favor in 2011.
Dallas is looking to get back to the playoffs after missing last season while the Heat are trying to stay focused through a regular season. Miami has been to three-straight NBA Finals and have won the last two. They are a lock to make the playoffs, so it’s hard to imagine they have much interest every night as they wait for April to get here.
Dallas gave Miami all they could handle earlier in the year as the Heat walked away with a 110-104 victory. In the game James had 39 points for Miami while Dirk Nowitzki finished with 28 points.
Even though these two teams don’t play in the same conference it feels like a rivalry every time they step on the floor against each other. Part of it is because of the Finals history and part is because Miami has what Dallas wants — another championship. No matter the reasoning behind it, the Mavs need to find a way to get a win out of the game. It would be nice to start the second half with a W and to get it against Dwyane Wade would be even better.