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Should the finals end tonight, it’s back to work Tuesday in New York for Commissioner David Stern, when players and owners meet again. Then the draft next week is considered lackluster, in part because some top players stayed in school due to the uncertainty about next season.

After that, it’s all bargaining, all the time until they get a new deal, or until the lockout starts July 1.

So let’s hope for at least one more good game before having to worry about that.

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This series is so close, it’s impossible to predict what’s going to happen tonight.

Through five games, Dallas has scored 463 points and Miami has 459, so a blowout seems unlikely.

Then again, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade both could be unstoppable, and the Heat could win easily to even the series and force things to a seventh game on Tuesday night.

And perhaps they can get a boost with what’s probably a long-overdue lineup change. Mario Chalmers is getting the start at point guard, bumping the struggling Mike Bibby to the bench.

Or maybe the Mavericks, who were a blistering 13 for 19 from 3-point range in Game 5, keep it rolling from the outside and shoot their way to a championship.

Our prediction before the series was Mavs in 7, so we’ll assume a Heat victory tonight.

For another prediction, we turn to a certain former Mavericks star.

“I have a feeling The German will have Monster game tonight,” Steve Nash wrote this afternoon on Twitter.

Dirk Nowitzki certainly can make that prediction come true.

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There is a noticeable amount of Mavericks blue sprinkled in among all the white shirts that surround the arena here.

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