We’ve seen this show before; Dwyane Wade taking over the NBA Finals. Let’s rewind back to June 13, 2006. A day etched in the memory of many Dallas fans. The Mavs were up 2-0 in the 2006 NBA Finals. It was the fourth quarter of Game 3, and the Mavs looked like they were about to close out an away win in Miami with a 13-point lead. [caption id="attachment_1035" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="If he can break Dallas' hearts for a second time, this man's name will forever haunt Mark Cuban and other die-hard Mavericks."][/caption] Cometh the moment, cometh the man - Dwyane Wade proceeds to score 12 of his 42 points for the game. Dallas would make one basket in the final 5 minutes. The Heat would win Game 3 and then go on to win the next 3 games and the series in stunning fashion. Wade would have 36, 43 and 36 points in the next 3 games to take home his first Finals MVP. Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry, who were on the court that night, would remember it well. Although they have probably tried to suppress those memories. Both tried valiantly that series but in the end, Game 3 proved to be a huge turning point. Fast forward five years too the 2011 Finals series, and both Nowitzki and Terry may be thinking it is Groundhog Day. Dwyane “the Flash” Wade is averaging 29 points over the first three game on 57% shooting from the field, to go along with 8.7 rebounds and 5 assists. Wade made Game 3 his own, finishing with 29 points on 12-for-21 from the field. His output may be slightly down from the 2006 series, but, with LeBron James shrinking from the scoreboard late in Game 3, he is still proving to be the go to guy for the Heat. The hype may have been around LeBron James leading the Miami Heat to a championship, but after 3 games it is Wade who living up to his nickname. Game 3 also showed that Dirk Nowitzki is human after all, as he missed the final shot from his favourite spot on the elbow with [caption id="attachment_1036" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Jason Terry (with ball) needs to become a factor in these Finals if the Mavericks are any chance to take home the Larry O'Brien Trophy."][/caption] seconds remaining in the game. Dirk again led another mini revival for the Mavs but this time, Udonis Haslem, not Chris Bosh, was the one playing defence. It made all the difference. The reliance on Dirk to continually pull the Mavs out of huge deficits is starting to become a major concern for head coach Rick Carlisle. He desperately needs someone else to provide a spark and create another offensive option. Recent history says this is a huge win for the Heat. The Game 3 winner in a tied series has won the championship all 11 times since the 2-3-2 format began in 1985. Going into Game 4, the Mavs simply must play smarter - take care of the ball by not committing costly turnovers. The Heat are too devastating on the fast break and if allowed to run in the open court, will be unstoppable. Unlike the first three games, the Mavs will not be allowed to let the Heat skip out to double-digit leads and expect Dirk Nowitzki to bail them out late with clutch baskets. Jason Terry needs to step up and become a more consistent shooter in this series. If they leave their run until late in the fourth quarter, as they have been prone to do in these Finals, nearly every true NBA fans worst nightmare will be culminated in the crowning of LeBron James as the newest NBA World Champion.