If the Mavs are to survive, they'll need to play desperate with great effort and energy on the defensive end.
The Suns need to show more effort and urgency on the defensive end of the floor.
The Mavs need to shoot the ball much better as a team and hold the Suns to around 100 points.
They lost Joe Johnson to injury. Then they lost home-court advantage. How will the Suns react in Game 3 at Dallas?
Brian James updates his Round 2 reports: Pacers-Pistons Mavs-Suns Wizards-Heat Sonics-Spurs
The combination of Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire will be too much for the Mavs.
Houston's bench enabled the Rockets to even up the series, but the Rockets will need Yao Ming to be a bigger factor in Game 7.
Dallas had six players score in double figures and had the "small ball" edge in Game 5. Houston needs a complete effort if it wants to even the series.
It seems the Rockets' T-Mac is too tuckered out by the fourth period. If the Mavs continue their strategies to wear him out, they can take the series lead.
I still think this is the best matchup in Round 1. Each team played well enough to be in the Western Conference Finals.
Our scout reveals the best defenses against T-Mac and The Diggler, who meet again Saturday just nine days after combining for 101 points.
Longtime NBA assistant coach and scout Brian James looks at how the first-round series have played out.
Longtime NBA assistant coach and scout Brian James takes an in-depth look at the first-round matchups.