Friday, May 27th, 2011 at 9:25 am  |  17 responses

Dwyane Wade: Dirk Nowitzki Motivated by 2006 Failures

Wade knows that Nowitzki’s 2006 NBA Finals collapse, which Dwyane played a very large role in, is driving the big German as this year’s Finals loom. From the NY Daily News: “Dirk Nowitzki’s celebration late Wednesday was muted, and Dwyane Wade knows he is partially responsible. Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks are back in the NBA Finals for the first time since 2006 when they lost to Wade and the Miami Heat after winning the first two games of the series. After the Mavs captured the Western Conference title on Wednesday, Nowitzki raised the trophy before retreating to the locker room while the rest of his teammates were still on the court. ‘Obviously Dirk is very driven by that,’ Wade said. ‘I noticed watching the game he didn’t even celebrate very long. He was the first one off to the locker room. He’s very focused. He has a goal in mind and he wants to reach it. The Miami Heat are always going to come up. He knows it. And that’s why he says he needs to get back there and try to erase that. But ’06 is ’06. We won it then, but they’re in the Finals now and we have to get there.’”

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  • bull22

    keep that focus dirk and force your way to the free throw line because that is where this series will be won…

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Looks like the Heat are taking a page from the Popovich book: complimenting the other team instead of trash-talking and motivating them.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    No kidding DWade?

  • Jacqueline Mitchell

    Go Mavs!!!

  • anonymous

    Wade needs to thank the officials for handing him that championship. That was the most egregious officiating for four consecutive playoff games that I’ve ever seen.

  • balladjlfj

    Until I’ve seen the officiating for the Heat this playoffs. Lebron trips over his own foot and there’s a foul call. Ref’s are either betting on games or completely incompetent.

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    @anonymous Youtube Sacramento Kings vs Lakers Playoffs

  • anonymous

    Game 6 was awful in that series, but I’ve never seen a string of playoff games that were refereed as poorly as the 2006 finals.

  • JTaylor21

    Well, isn’t Bron also motivated by 2007 finals failures?

  • JC

    no, dwade, you arrogant fool, you didn’t win ’06 title, it’s gift-wrapped to you with those phantom-calls from Stern.

  • truballer

    yeah right wade took that trophy from dirk and he earned it like a champion!… dallas was up 2-0 back in 2006 nba finals and lost to miami so guess what they deserved it.., now with lebron and bosh there going all the way! 316 all day, dont cause it makes them great! thanks boozer u got bosh all fired up…

  • truballer

    dont hate it makes them great 316 all day…!!

  • http://www.tampax.com doyouwantmore

    With Kidd and Nowitski on the tail end of their careers I would be rooting for the Mavs, but I would love to see Mike Bibby win a ring. When the Heat won the chip the first time the Mavs had very much the same caliber of team. The Heat have a much, MUCH better team than the first time these guys met in the finals. Either way it’s going to be awesome.

  • http://www.tampax.com doyouwantmore

    Also, you can whine about the officiating, but Dirk and others missed some big free throws in that first series. Wade made his free throws. – - – Also, let me be the first to say:

  • SikhWitIt

    Man I hope J-Kidd gets a ring!

  • Colt6

    Co-sign SikhWitit. It’s gonna be war. Dirk is shooting lights out. The Miami Thrice is ballin’ excellent on both ends of the court. Too many factors to consider, too many more words to be said… I’ll just take a back seat and watch the world’s best players battle for the championship.

  • KP

    I’m a Piston fan so I could careless about either team but I remember a few games where Wade outshot the whole Dallas team from the FT line during the 2006 finals. No question, that series was given to the Heat. I have a feeling Miami will get a lot of calls in game 6 which is why most people believe the NBA is a bullcrap!