- Associated Press - Friday, June 10, 2011

DALLAS (AP) - Jason Terry put his faith in these Dallas Mavericks in ink. On the inside of his right biceps.

With one more win, he’ll get to keep his tattoo of the NBA’s championship trophy _ plus have the real thing.

Terry had his title hopes injected into his arm in October, during a get-together at teammate DeShawn Stevenson’s house. At the start of the playoffs, Terry vowed to have it removed if the Mavericks didn’t win it all.

Thanks largely to him regaining his shooting touch in that inked-up arm, Terry and the Mavs flew to Miami on Friday closer to a title than ever before in franchise history. It could belong to them as soon as Sunday night.

“We put ourselves in the situation we wanted, to go back there with this opportunity,” center Tyson Chandler said. “But we can’t get too ahead of ourselves. We can’t get caught up in all the hoopla.”

In their previous 30 seasons, the closest the Mavericks came to being champs was in 2006, when they held a 2-0 series lead over the Heat and a big, late lead in Game 3.

Dallas ended up blowing it in six games. The Mavs had to watch the Heat celebrate on their own home floor. So the chance to close it out in Game 6, in Miami, is a delicious bit of payback to Terry and Dirk Nowitzki, the only holdovers.

“Game 6,” Terry said, savoring the notion. “We must go out, play aggressively and take advantage of our opportunity.”

The Mavs have done that all postseason.

Every time they’ve gotten three wins a series, the fourth has followed right away. They are 3-0 in knockout chances. Only one was on the road, but it was in one of the NBA’s most hostile arenas, in Portland. Dallas already has tamed the Miami crowd, handing the Heat their first home loss of the postseason in Game 2.

“It’s going to be hard to go in there in Miami and win, but we know we are capable of doing it,” forward Shawn Marion said. “It’s going to be crazy. We know what’s at stake here. It’s going to be exciting.”

The Mavs are keeping their excitement level under wraps.

They’ve been in anti-celebration mode since Game 2 of the second round, when Nowitzki was upset about how giddy guys got over a second straight victory in Los Angeles. He’s remained stoic regardless of the circumstances, even walking out of the Western Conference title celebration before it was over.

On Thursday night, following the most significant win in franchise history, with fans going bonkers, all Nowitzki did was wearily raise his arms.

“I really can’t enjoy it much,” he said, still sniffling a bit because of a sinus infection that gripped him in Game 4, but now is as much of a nuisance as the splint on his left middle finger, which isn’t much.

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