Wednesday, May 18th, 2011 at 8:50 am  |  66 responses

Post Up: Relax and Take Notes

Dirk Nowitzki puts on a clinic as Mavs take Game 1.

Dallas 121, Oklahoma City 112

Apparently, rest does a body good. The Dallas Mavericks, who have been waiting on their Western Conference Finals opponent since dispatching the Lakers, showed no signs of rust as they protected their home court with a 121-112 Game 1 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder last night.

Not surprisingly, Dirk Nowitzki led the way with another otherworldly playoff performance: 48 points on 12-15 from the field and an NBA playoff-record 24 straight free throws. No one could stop the German. Not Serge Ibaka, not Kendrick Perkins, not Thabo Sefolosha. Not anyone. Dirk was on fire and the Thunder had no answer.

Except for Kevin Durant. Lost in the praise of the Nowitzki show is that fact that Durant went off for 40 points and single-handedly kept OKC within striking distance. But every time the Thunder made a run, the Mavs had a counter. The key swing for Dallas was the 13-0 run late in the second quarter that gave them the lead for good. Jason Terry and JJ Barea added 24 points and 21 points, respectively, and kept OKC’s defense honest when it tried to double and triple team Dirk.

Russell Westbrook, who had a triple-double in the clincher against Memphis, was held to 20 points on a woeful 3-15 from the field with three assists and three rebounds. If OKC wants to bounce back in Game 2, they’ll need Westbrook to either shoot better or distribute the ball more efficiently.

The Mavs are on a seven-game winning streak in these Playoffs since their fourth-quarter collapse against Portland in Game 4, and it doesn’t look like they plan on slowing down. Coach Scotty Brooks will have to review game tape and shake his magic eight ball to learn how in the world he can contain Dirk Nowitzki moving forward because if the smooth-shooting 7-footer continues to have games like this, Dallas will win this series. —Maurice Bobb / @ReeseReport

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  • J.C.

    We’re witnessing a legacy being written right now. It’s redemption time for Dirk.

  • Riggs

    Durant couldve actually been in the 50′s if it hadnt been for westbrook regressing back to his old form in the first half.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford


  • Brahsef

    That was amazin, straight up. Performances like that is why I watch the NBA.

    One of the most unique players ever to be in the league. Enjoy while he stay plays at a high level.

  • larrylegend

    Deutsche Wertarbeit, B!

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Why is it Durant never tries to posterize anyone? Every time he drove the lane he just refused to rise up over the top and instead got bailed out by the whistle. Be mean KD, make a kodak moment!

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    In der Tat!

  • http://nba.com gp23

    All of Dirk’s shots seemed to be pure swishes, I mean, come on, I don’t think any of his shots touched the rim, he killed it !!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Dirk is playing the best ball of his career in these playoffs…I’d love to see Dallas win it all this year. Dirk and Kidd both need rings.

  • jufu

    thats because kd has the physical features of a treebranch

  • http://slamonline.com The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    One of the most exciting shooting performances I’ve ever witnessed LIVE! (The other one was by DWade in the 2d 1/2 of game 3 during the 2006 NBA finals)…
    And like Marc Jackson said, u gotta wonder y The Thunder weren’t running the exact same offense trough KD who were likelly as hot as Dirk…
    Oh I know, RUSSELL WESTBROOK! It looks like no matter how good KD performs, The Thunder live and die by Russell Westbrook.

  • Mike From Spain

    Ja wohl! Dirk ist verrückt gegangen.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Dirk Diggler with a historic playoff performance. Wow, just wow. Durant was very good as well. But Dirk was simply magnificient; 48 points on 15 shots, I think it is safe to say that Dirk is the toughest cover in the League at the moment. Ibaka was giving a heck of an effort, but there was just no way even try to contain the Dirknator. I’m impressed, it sure looks like he is on a mission for that ring.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Ohh and Barea is officially the best gnome to ever step on the hardwood…

  • Sparker

    that midget can surely ball

  • tracemc24

    love all you guys trying to speak German throwing stuff into the google translator !!

    smbd tweeted Dirk No-Miss-Ki last night, and watching the game it felt like playing a videogame controlling a 99* rated player who just can’t miss..

    UNGLAUBLICH !!!!!!!!!

  • backboard

    @ BC: Fahrvergnügen? lol. what does that mean?

  • Yann Blavec

    @backboard : from fahren, “to drive,” and Vergnügen, “enjoyment” it was used in the Volkswagen ad campaign in the 90′s (wiki)

  • http://slamonline Brion

    When you make Nate Rob look slow you know your a quick dude. Barrea was killing it.

  • http://www.dimemag.com Royal

    I felt bad for Ibaka, I mean the guy was playing his best and still couldn’t stop Dirk….But that’s how basketball is sometimes…He might need some counseling after that one…

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    Thunder got Dirked last night.

  • bashmo

    So which one of yall said Ibaka can guard Dirk? BTW is the OKC frontcourt still in Dallas General Hospital? BECAUSE DIRK IMPREGNATED THAT DEFENSE

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Dirk is playing out of his mind…

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    @Royal Don’t feel bad for Ibaka, it’s only game 1. Feel bad for Gasol, he went from 2nd best on his championship squad to being compared to Bosh in one fell sweep.

  • robb

    Man, Dirk was absolutely incredible yesterday. He’s a goddamned MACHINE. Barrea was great too, I’m pretty sure he’s 5’9 1/2, next to Nate he looked almost as short as him. Brave guy no doubt.

  • KM

    Why doesnt anyone play a zone against the Mavs? Its doesnt make sense that they are just letting them pick and roll constantly and do nothing to stop them. They are a quick team and not great down low so why dont the thunder do exactly what the mavs did to slow them down? Can even the Bulls beat this team right now? Also how do the Mavs get away with just sitting in the lane on D and not get called for a defensive 3 seconds ever. Just curious, i know it doesnt sound like it but i am a huge Mavs fan.

  • http://www.twitter.com/nflem41 Nicolas Fleming

    Wait, I thought Dirk was soft and not clutch? Somebody better let him know he is messing with his legacy.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Durk Nuhvitskee

  • http://www.dimemag.com Royal

    I feel bad for Pau as well..Because Dirk destroyed him in the second round…But Dirk has always owned Pau, so I expected that….

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I don’t know why anyone is surprised by what happened last night. I gave OKC little chance against Dallas for the reason that Dirk cannot be guarded by that team. Not without them double teaming and giving up a plethora of 3′s.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    It’s 1 game. Dallas played amazing. OKC played okay. Lets see what happens when they both play well, or both don’t play well. They won’t get swept like a bunch of losers… wait, dammit…

  • JTaylor21

    Great game by Dirk and KD but I have to admit some of those foul calls were a little on the petty side. When 3 players (KD, Russ, Dirk) combine to take damn near 60 FTs, you now the referees are calling every touch foul. Good game but all those FTS kinda killed the flow.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    48 points on 15 FGA’s.
    But the guy is soft, a playoff underachiever, choke artist, etc.
    Carry on.

  • T-Money

    jtaylor: to be fair, okc didn’t seem to know that you can’t put two hands on a guy when he’s posting up. lol

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    Previous post didn’t show up.
    It was something about Dirk’s box score being like p*rn to stat heads.
    Anyways, love the Biggie/8Ball & MJG reference with the title.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Hey Tealish say that a couple weeks ago and its all true… Just like how Pau has a huge gaping hole; AKA hairy, dirty, gross vag, when the Lakers lose, but when they win Championships he’s tuff as nails. Co-Sign JTay. Common wit all those stupid foul calls! and double Techs like they are 2 for a dollar. Damn refs. They didn’t help either side. They just hindered both.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Dirks box score was amazing. His play on court was amazing. Some times, there are connections there.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Barea played great, but lets remember that the reason he has so much space off of screen rolls is because Nowitzkis man does not leave his body. Ibaka/Perkins/Collison etc hug Nowitzki when he sets a screen, and Barea has an open lane to make good things happen.
    Dirk has been the MVP of the post season so far.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Hahahaha, BC’s ‘Fahrvergnügen’ had me in stitches.
    Unglaublich wie plötzlich Deutsch (aus dem G-translator natürlich) hier plötzlich Überhand nimmt.
    I like.
    Pure bliss after witnessing that outing by blondie aus Würzburg, of course.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    That 1st quarter baseline spinmove to dunk was jarring though. Had no clue he still had it like THAT.

  • Vince5

    Like they say: “Great offence always wins against great defence.”

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    I’m a little young to remember those VW ads but I knew I had heard the word “Fahrvergnügen” somewhere.
    It just dawned on me.
    Jaz-O on Jay-Z’s “Bring it on” -
    “You suck pistol like pipe with the cristal
    John Stockton couldn’t assist you
    Cowboys or Benzes like we foulin in the U.N.
    So what the f*ck you doin?
    Whatever n*gga Fahrvegnugen”
    Always wondered what the hell he was talking about…

  • larrylegend

    Vorsprung durch Technik!

  • Hugo

    i truly believe that if the bulls beat the heat, dallas gets the chip

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Matic got that Reasonable Doubt on memory que. That’s his best album along with Life and Times volume 3.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    Soop – Life and Times Volume 3?
    Come on now! It’s Reasonable Doubt and The Blueprint (the original).
    @Hugo – word? Just like the Heat, Mavs haven’t beaten the Bulls this year either.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Life and Times Volume 3 is a great album. Well most of his albums are pretty great, Reasonable Doubt is the only one I listen to on the Reg but Life and Times spent a solid amount of time in my CD-Player. Maybe I just associate so many memories with that album that I think its better then it is, who knows. Reasonable Doubt is actually on loop on my Ipod in the whip right now and has been off and on since I got an ipod so i’ma just cop out and say that’s his best album, “reasonable doubt, sh*t was classic shoulda went triple”. lol

  • http://www.slamonline.com unf*ckwitable

    It may just be Dirks time.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    Yeah, Reasonable Doubt in my opinion was his best. But there’s so much classic stuff on that first Blueprint. I mean, you can go down the list.
    “Takeover”, “You Don’t Know”, “Ain’t No Love”, man I could go on and on.
    To me, the only memorable songs from Life and times Vol 3 were like, “Big Pimpin’” and the intro and outro (I still laugh when I hear the intro cause first time I bought I was looking at the credits to see who produced it when he said “if you like me you reading the credits right now”, ha).
    I totally understand about associating an album with memories though.
    I remember in ’07 my last year in the Corps, I had just made Corporal and had some young cats under me and had a lot of responsibilities thrown at me. It was stressful but I wouldn’t let it show.
    So when we weren’t out in the field and I’d get off work for the day, usually at like 8 or 9 at night (after having been there since like 5 in the AM), I’d get in my car, blast Jay-Z’s latest – Kingdom Come, and just zone out.
    I had days I’d just chill and listen to the whole album in my car right there at my unit’s parking lot before I finally headed home.
    As a result, Kingdom Come is like my sentimental favorite now and brings back all those memories when I listen to it.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I feel you, I had that Mos Def (black on both sides) and listened to it after every basketball game in high school once I had a drivers license. That is my quintessential sentimental CD.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    I was kinda dissapointed with Black on Both Sides, and all of Mos Def’s albums really.
    He’s such a GREAT MC, but on every album he only seems to have like two or three memorable songs. The producers that work on his albums rarely make beats that do him justice.
    Reflection Eternal with Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek is one I used to bump a lot in high school.
    Also Common’s “One Day It’ll All Make Sense” which was mostly produced by No ID, who mentored Kanye West in producing.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Yeah I don’t have the type of music knowledge where I even know who produces or masterprpduces anything. I got on that mos def from that speed law song from that album, dropped 21 in the first quarter of a game the day I heard that song. As a pitcher in baseball I am overly superstitious, so I listened to that album on every gameday for the rest of my hs life

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    nbk getting his Juanny Wags on in high school…

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez
  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    That actually turned out to be the best highest scoring game of my hs career. Had 28 lol only had 7 after the first quarter. But 2 ft’s to ice it so that was hella nice, actually the highlight of the game to me.

  • ChristianBulleN

    The refs made this game a bore.. even with the tremendous game from Dirk it was tough to get in to with all of those b.s calls. Bad for both teams, it’s the playoffs let em’ play..

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Dirk Nowitzki with the most efficient 48 points ever?

  • Ronald

    Did some idiot just say that OKC should go zone against Dallas? Really? You have one of the deadliest high-post players to ever play the game in Dirk coupled with decent shooters on the wing and you want to go zone? Are you serious?

  • http://slamonline.com everything

    KD should guard Dirk for longer stretches. i think 2 of Dirk’s 3 misses were caused by KD. i honestly believe KD can bother Dirk’s shot.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    ^ He’s definitely quick and long enough to keep up with Dirk. The only thing is that Dirk probably outweighs him by 20-30 pounds. Maybe more (I don’t know how much they weigh). Dirk would abuse him on the block–but then again, he’d abuse any defender on the block.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Some people here need to dial down the insults just cause someone offers a different opinion on a topic.
    This site is getting pretty annoying reg. that. If i wanted immature, insulting comments on the net, i’d spend 2 mins. on youtube comment threads.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Teddy, isn’t his development great? A few seasons ago putting “abusing any defender on the low block” and “Dirk” in a sentence would cause a ruckus.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Yeah man, it’s crazy how good he’s become lol. He’s a match-up nightmare right now. And like I said, the most efficient 48 points ever in a game.
    Durant played a great game too though.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Westbrook, however, does not own the title of least efficient 20 points ever. That one belongs to Corey Maggette, who scored 18 points (not quite 20, but close enough) on 3 for 21 (!) shooting in the regular season a few seasons ago.

  • Morgan

    @ Teddy, but Maggette was the kind of player that charges at the hoop regardless of if he’s getting the call or if his shots are falling – if the refs aren’t bailing him out his pct and points are terrible.
    Totally agree with you on Dirk, between him and the Mavs depth this team should get a ring.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    ^ Agreed, they deserve it. Miami and Chicago and Oklahoma are still young, anyways.