Monday, June 6th, 2011 at 9:10 am  |  22 responses

Dirk Nowitzki Not Getting the Necessary Offensive Help

Dirk has been a brilliant one-man show offensively in the championship round, but that clearly isn’t enough. Nowitzki’s supporting cast needs to come through if the Mavs are to have any type of chance of winning the title. From the Star-Telegram: “Dirk, playing with a damaged right wrist from the first half, had made 12 straight points, and Dwyane Wade seven straight as they went head up down the stretch. But in an 86-86 deadlock in the final minute, Nowitzki passed instead of shot. It was the right move under double-team pressure. He passed to Jason Terry in the corner. Jet missed, remaining scoreless in the fourth quarter. Which brings us back to Game 2, and the wonderment of why the Heat would have ever allowed Nowitzki to get off the final shot. But then there was Bosh on the other end after the Terry miss. If there was one guy the Mavs wanted taking a clutch shot, it would have been Bosh, who was 6 for 17 from the field at that point. This time, however, there was a bingo at 39 seconds. The Mavs came back with Dirk, and when the double team came again, he was looking for Shawn Marion. But the under-pressure pass was off-target, and although the Mavericks got another chance still two down, Nowitzki couldn’t nail it. But the entire game was a case of the Mavericks repeatedly climbing off the mat, ducking Miami knockout punches. The Heat built a lead of 14 points in the first half, then 13 in the third quarter, then appeared to be pulling away in the fourth with a seven-point lead. Back came the Mavs each time. Wade was answering Dirk in crunch time, but the obvious Mavs problem in this series is Wade has more options when it comes to help. And no, Mario Chalmers was not considered one of those, except his 12 points on four 3-pointers was a huge factor and continued Chalmers’ strong play in the series. Nowitzki totaled out with 34 points, 15 in the fourth quarter. Otherwise? Terry had 15, but none in the fourth, and Shawn Marion added 10 on a poor 4-for-12 shooting night. Beyond Dirk (11 for 21), the other eight Mavs who took a shot were a pathetic 17 for 49. Ugh. ‘Our balance [scoring-wise] has been one of our calling cards, and I think we’re going to get better at it,’ said Rick Carlisle, the Mavs coach. Well, that will have to happen in a hurry, like on Tuesday night.”

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  • RobbieJay

    you lost by 2. you had nessacary help.

  • Eddie1

    I told you all already what would happen. Why do people still care? Heat will win the series. I’m sorry to spoil it for you simpletons.

  • Peter

    Dallas would win this game if the other players than Dirk delivered and they did not…that’s the story. Look at the stats 17/49 for all other players won’t bring you anywhere….

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    they’re one of the deepest teams in the L, they just came up short

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Need help
    Like a Toronto BO$H!
    Then go to South beach
    Like a BO$H!

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    @RobbieJay Who’s the help? Check the box score.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    No sh*t? Terry, Peja and (to a lesser degree) sure as hell aren’t making shots. Kidd either, but he’s exhausted from guarding Flash
    And illuminati Eddie, refrain from spewing insults along with the rest of your rubbish.
    Coming to a bball site to rant about conspiracies and such time and time again sure doesn’t give you the right to label us as simpletons. Doesn’t reek of heightened intelligence either, to be frank.
    Youtube still needs ignorant commenters, feel free to go insult people there.


    Miami is clearly a better team Lebron did not show up last night if he did this would have been a 10-15 point lose. Dirk is a beast dont get me wrong and the Mavs are a very deep team but Miami has some of the best defenders. Thats why they haven’t made an impact in this series. Marion is hooping and limiting Lebron. If Dirk gets space he makes them pay. He is worth every penny. Unfortunatly for them DWade is a unstoppable force especially when Kidd and Terry are guarding him. Heat in 6


    You’d think it was a road game for the Mavs the way their role players played. SMH

  • mdshuai33

    I wouldn’t say Miami is clearly a better team; I would say what I have seen is a case of Dallas’ role players missing a lot of shots they had been hitting in the previous rounds, and not bad shots either. Look at Barrea: he was making all those layups all series long against LA and OKC. Now he’s going 2 for 10 every night.
    By the way, did you see how pissed Dirk was when Terry missed that shot? With the time left on the clock and his positioning, not to mention how hot he had been, I’m pretty sure he wanted that ball back.

  • JTaylor21

    Another reason why Dirk will never be on Bird’s level. Bird finds a way to get his teammates going whenever doubled while Dirk has a problem passing out of double teams. We all know that the media will continue to make up those stupid Bird/Dirk comparisons but any real basketball fan knows that Dirk isn’t f*cking with Legend.

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    @JTaylor21 I agree, Dirk has problems with being double teamed, he’s slow to respond and slow to pass. It takes him about a second to decide what to do, which hurts their cross court passing. But at the same time, he doesn’t have the same options as Bird. If Bird looked up from a double team to see Jason Terry getting ready to launch whatever pass he gets at the rim, and a tired Kidd who’s been throwing away passes, I don’t think he’d look as great either. Bird would definitely find a better way to score though.

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

    Actually, Dirk is a pretty d@mn good passer and in the Lakers series he got his teammates involved plenty. He also got his teammates involved plenty last night, but they (JJ Barea, Jason Terry, etc.) couldn’t hit a single jumpshot. Carlisle should have given Stevenson some more burn.

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

    Also, it wasn’t really help with scoring that Dirk needed down the stretch, so much as being given the damn ball with the game tied… Why did Jason Terry take that 3-pointer?!

  • http://fivemag.de Speedy

    You do know what players played on Bird’s team???

  • http://fivemag.de Speedy

    I don’t like comparisons.

  • http://fivemag.de Speedy

    I post this again.
    Dirk please do the Olli Kahn and call out your guys.
    Balls!We need Balls!!!

  • OneStep

    It would help a lot if Kidd, Barea and Marion didn’t keep throwing the ball away. I’m shocked at how poor a ballhandler Marion is and how often he fumbles the ball whilst catching, shooting or passing. If they can cut down the carelessness and gain a few more shots as a result then they could still have some life left in the series.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    It’s not just carelessness, it’s the speed and length of Miami’s defense. Nobody else they faced was this good defensively.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Yet again Dallas was committing stupid turnovers


    tell tough juice 2 suit up already!!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    It would help a lot if Caron Butler was healthy. That would mean no minutes for the useless Peja Stojakovic and better defensive depth on the wings against LeBron and Wade, which may be enough in close games like this one to swing it in the Mavs’ favor.