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Coach confirms Heat helped forward Mavericks beat Suns in Game 7

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In the final episode of Miami Heat, forward is Duncan Robinson The long shot Podcast, he interviews Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson, and the two spoke about the ups and downs of their respective playoff runs.

In the second round of the Western Conference Playoffs, the Mavericks (No. 4 seed) took on the Phoenix Suns (No. 1 seed), and “literally nobody expected us to win that series,” Brunson tells Robinson.

In Game 7, the Mavs defeated the Suns in a dominant 123-90 win, and while Brunson was confident they could eke out the win, he didn’t expect to be so one-sided. Robinson tells Brunson that on the day of that win-or-go home game, the consensus in the Heat locker room was, “Phoenix probably has this one,” with the exception of one player: PJ Tucker.

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“He was adamant,” Robinson says of Tucker. “[He said] “I spoke to Jared Dudley (assistant coach of the Dallas Mavericks). I gave him the game board! I have Dallas! Dallas wins this time. I’m talking to Duds.’”

“I don’t know if PJ did that any Got into the schedule but he came in the next day and banged his chest like, ‘I told you so!'” adds Robinson, 28, with a laugh. “It was pretty funny… Well, maybe I don’t know. PJ was supposed to be a coach or something because the game plan seemed to be working. Clearly.”

Brunson, 25, quickly agrees. I think PJ would be a great coach. I don’t know why but when you’ve been in the league for so long you’ve seen a lot and your knowledge is out of this world so I’m sure that’s going to happen.”

A popular Mavericks fan account tweeted about Robinson’s conversation with Brunson, which caught Dudley’s attention. The former player, who was the 22nd overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft and won a championship with the Los Angeles Lakers before retiring in August 2021, confirmed he heard from Tucker before Game 7.

Dudley tweeted“He definitely said what we should do…🤣🤣.” Though the Heat veteran provided a game plan, it’s not clear if any part was used by Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd.

Both Dudley and Tucker played for the Suns and their tenures overlapped during the 2012 NBA season. While Dudley was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in July 2013, Tucker stayed with Phoenix for the first half of the 2016 NBA season and was in Traded back to the Toronto Raptors, the team that originally drafted him, in February 2017.

Both Robinson and Brunson agree that Tucker, who was the 35th pick overall in the 2006 NBA draft, would make a fantastic coach, but the dominant defenseman has no plans to stop playing anytime soon.

Tucker, 37, is a year older than Dudley, but instead of debating whether it’s time to hang up his jersey, he’s in the middle of deciding whether to opt for the second year of his 14.35 million dollar deal with Miami or not.

“It’s like, ‘Am I a middle-level guy?'” Tucker told the Sun-Sentinel June 2, which reporter Ira Winderman said was “in a tone that made it clear he thought he was Not.”

Tucker said of his $7.4 million player option for next season, “It’s a label that tells a man what he thinks he’s worth.”

While it appeared Tucker’s return to Miami was a suspension and the Heat’s top brass have made it emphatic that they would like to keep Tucker, CBS sports reporter Sam Quinn surmised, “After a strong postseason run , [Tucker] could probably opt out and command at least several years on his current salary.

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“It’s like, ‘Am I a middle-level guy?'” Tucker told the Sun-Sentinel June 2, which reporter Ira Winderman said was “in a tone that made it clear he thought he was Not.”

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