Here's where all their age and experience, heartbreak and disappointment actually benefit Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks.
Dirk Nowitzki said Saturday that Dwyane Wade and LeBron James were "a little childish, a little ignorant" in a video that appears to show them mocking the Mavericks star's recent illness.
LeBron James came to Miami last summer for the chance to be a champion.
If the Miami Heat are going to recover and win this NBA championship, they may want to put the Dallas Mavericks away before the final minutes.
For days, the Dallas Mavericks insisted nothing was wrong with the shots they were taking. They just weren't falling.
Dwyane Wade vowed to be healthy enough to play in Game 6. LeBron James insisted his team would be better. Erik Spoelstra sounded like someone already embracing an ultimate challenge.
Ball game. Dallas 112, Miami 103.
When the Miami Heat won their NBA title in Dallas five years ago, then-coach Pat Riley famously packed "one suit, one shirt, one tie" for that trip.
The preliminary television rating for Game 5 of the NBA finals was up 25 percent from the last time the same teams met in the championship series.