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He says he was merely providing motivation for himself, but after Miami’s shootaround practice today James added that he took notice of things the Mavericks are saying about him as well, notably DeShawn Stevenson’s “checked out” line. Of course, if the Heat and Mavs need to resort to bulletin-board stuff now to get motivated, that’s probably not a good sign for either club.

For Dallas, history says tonight is a must-win. Since the league went to the 2-3-2 finals format, the road team has never won both Games 6 and 7.

Dirk Nowitzki says he’s feeling better, so that’s a good piece of pregame news for the Mavs and the entire Dallas area, which has never talked this much about a sinus infection.

You know the drill. We’ll update this once or twice per quarter. Hit us on Twitter with your questions, you might see answers here throughout the night.

Enjoy Game 5.

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