For Mavs Nation, the magic number is one, as in one win away from the franchise’s first NBA title. Another number to cheer for would be the number eight. That’s the number of points Jason Terry has scored in the 4th quarter in all three of the Dallas Mavericks wins.
It’s no secret; Dirk Nowitzki has a flare for the dramatic when the game is on the line. But he needed someone to step up their game during crunch time and provide some help in order have a chance at the trophy. That’s what Jet is bringing to the table.
In the two losses to the Miami Heat, Jet went scoreless in the final period. In Game 1 and Game 3, Miami was able to concentrate on Dirk because the shots weren’t falling from Jet and company. In the Game 2, 4 and 5 wins, Jet scored 8 points in the 4th, causing the Heat defense to react to him and leaving Dirk, Jason Kidd and others with open shots or single coverage. It was simply a game of pick your poison, and the Heat had no cure.
When it comes down to the game being on the line, Dirk will get the rock, no questions asked. But having the option to find someone else who can nail down the shot when the entire city of Miami collapses on Dirk is both a luxury and necessity.
Jet is proving he can fly in that airspace.
Written by C. James