Backup center DeJuan Blair's contributions have been inconsistent this season, so there is little telling what the Mavericks would have gotten had he not been suspended from Game 5 for kicking Tiago Splitter in Game 4.

But given that Blair was coming off a 12-point, 11-rebound effort in Game 4 _ and that Dallas got dominated inside by Splitter and Tim Duncan (combined 33 points, 24 rebounds) _ it seemed that the Mavericks missed him.

"He's a big body," Dirk Nowitzki said. "He definitely could have battled there with Duncan and Splitter. He had a fantastic last game.