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Posts Tagged ‘Dirk Nowitzki’

You Can’t Touch Dirk Nowitzki

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No, this is not channeling MC Hammer. Well, not too much, anyway… So what if it is? I blame the “Can’t Be Touched 2011″ gem of a remix that leads this post, canonizing Dirk Nowitzki with such an eloquent song, courtesy of that well-known bard, Roy Jones, Jr. It’s clearly Nowitzki’s world, all of the time; so much so, in fact, his play can take your song and make it fresher, and much more appropriate.

More on Dirk’s ridiculousity after the jump >>

Dirk Nowitzki’s Bout of Perfection


See? This is what happens when the best-shooting 7-footer ever to play in the NBA gets hot from the free throw line. You get a chance to witness perfection. You also get a chance to see a record-setting performance from the charity stripe as Dirk Nowitzki surpassed the previous record of most free throw makes in a playoff game without a miss set by Paul Pierce.

aMore on Dirk’s record-setting night after the jump >>

Dirk Versus Kevin, Who Ya Got?

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While the match-up may be unexpected, that won’t stop the Western Conference Finals from starting tonight when Oklahoma City Thunder take on the Dallas Mavericks in their best-of-seven series. Granted, the absence of teams like the LA Lakers and San Antonio Spurs may be shocking to some, but these clearly are the two best teams playing currently for the Western Conference.

Sure, the Lakers might have had Phil, Kobe and Pau, but a lot of good that did while being unceremoniously swept out of the playoffs by the Mavericks.

KD or Dirk after the jump >>

Where Dirk Nowitzki Goes Off


Dirk Nowitzki is averaging 29.6 points a game, a total to be reckoned with by any estimation. He’s easily one of the best offensive players in the NBA. However, what he accomplished last night turns the description “one of best” into “downright scariest.” When the fourth quarter of Dallas’ game against Utah started last night, the Mavericks trailed by 16 points. While deficits like that are commonplace in the NBA, the way in which the Mavericks came back is not. Sure, Dallas rode their best player, but I doubt even they figured Nowitzki would be as effective as he was. Let’s put it this way, during their fourth quarter comeback, Dirk Diggler matched his season scoring average by dropping 29 points.

In one quarter.

The flop-haired German with the exquisite outside shot finished with 40 points, but it was his sterling fourth quarter that’s getting headlines, and rightfully so. 29 points in one quarter is more than a number of teams can muster as a whole. To wit, the Jazz, as a team, scored 18 in the fourth against Dallas last night.

In fact, a quick glance at last night’s scores reveal only one team, besides Dallas, that is, outscored Nowitzki in the fourth quarter and that was the Boston Celtics with 36. The rest of the NBA could only match, if not score less, than Dirk’s final stanza explosion. StatSheet.com has a nifty little chart showing just how effective Nowitzki was last night. His contribution is designated by the pinkish-flesh colored bar:


Yeah, I think it’s safe to say Dirk’s contributions were instrumental in helping the Mavericks overcome the Jazz.

Dirk Nowitzki Got One, Too


Chris Paul wasn’t the only NBA player showing off his buzzer beater skills last night. Of the twelve games on the schedule, 8 of them were decided by 10 points or less, and 5 of those were decided by one basket (or less if the final tally was less than a 3-point win). As indicated in the title, Dirk Nowitzki got in on the buzzer beater fun as well. His game-winning shot was at the expense of the Philadelphia 76ers. Dirk Diggler’s game-winner also ended Philadelphia’s seven-game winning streak as they wait for the return of their offseason acquisition gem, Elton Brand.

For Dirk, it wasn’t his greatest shooting night, but in the end, all that matters is the one he did hit as time expired. Considering just how dangerous of an offensive player Nowitzki is, maybe next time, someone will have the good sense to double-team the Mavs’ best players and make someone like Jason Kidd shoot the potential game-winner.

Just a thought.

NBA Tonight – Is Houston Ready For Liftoff?

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A few of us out there eschewed conventional wisdom and picked the Houston Rockets to represent the Western Conference in the NBA Championship, myself included. Hell, I even picked them to win it all, but I think that had as much to do with me not wanting to pick Lakers over whoever like everyone else. Whatever. Kenny Smith agrees with me, by the way.

Yao!!! More Rockets after the jump >>

Kidd To Dallas = Done Deal

The Jason-Kidd-to-Dallas trade has been consummated, er, finalized as the New Jersey Nets and the Dallas Mavericks agreed to exchange all of their bench players for the best non-shooting point guard to ever lace up basketball sneakers.


No more J-Kidd for you Jay-Z

The principles of the Jason Kidd trade are these:

After six days of twists and turns, the Mavs dealt Devin Harris, Gana Diop, Trenton Hassell, Moe Ager, Keith Van Horn, a pair of draft picks and cash to acquire Kidd, Malik Allen and Antoine Wright from New Jersey.

The Mavs re-signed Van Horn, who hasn’t played since the 2006 Finals, to make the deal work financially.

You can imagine Dirk and Avery are pretty happy the trade finally came through. Now the question is, can they make last year’s Golden State debacle a thing of the past?

Jason Kidd To The Mavericks?

Jason KiddReports from ESPN.com indicate an agreement has been reached that will send Mr. Triple-double to the Mavericks for just about every bench player Mark Cuban can part with. The principles are these:

Dallas is agreeing to send Devin Harris, Jerry Stackhouse, DeSagana Diop, Devean George, and Maurice Ager to the Nets In return, the Mavs will get Kidd and Malik Allen. New Jersey could also be receiving:

the league-maximum $3 million in cash and send its first-round draft pick this June as well as a first-rounder in 2010.

While some are already decrying the move (which hasn’t been finalized or approved), saying the Mavs sacrificed their future for JKidd, a statement that pretty silly. Two low-end first-round draft picks are not the necessarily the cornerstone of any NBA future, unless they have a Nick Van Exel/Michael Finley-type of coming out.

Read more about the potential JKidd trade after the jump ››