MIAMI -- At the Mavericks' shootaround Thursday morning, Dirk Nowitzki emphasized his team can't get down 0-2 in the best-of-7 series.
Under the current 2-3-2 format, a team with a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals wins the title 93.3 percent of the time.
Only three teams in NBA Finals history have returned from an 0-2 deficit to win the title. The last team to do it was the 2006 Miami Heat, which beat the Mavs in six games.
"You never want to be down 2-0 in a series; that’s a big hole to overcome," Nowitzki said. "It's not impossible, but we'd love to go home sitting pretty 1-1. We've got to go for it and compete a little harder, rebound better. I think that’s a big key. The Heat is a very explosive offensive team and we have to hold them to one shot, rebound the ball and speed the game up some."
Should the Mavericks win Game 2, the winner of Game 3 has won the series 100 percent of the time, posting an 11-0 mark under the current 2-3-2 format.