Nowitzki is expanding his legacy

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Nowitzki is expanding his legacy

Wow! Just Wow! We thought Kobe was unstopable the last couple, post seasons, but this is just amazing. Nowitzki is making shots NOBODY else could make. Not even Kobe. And the thing about Nowitzki, we expect his field goal percentage to be high, but what I finally realized, he does not take the gargbage shots other big men take. That makes it even more outstanding. The defense Nick Collison played on him was worthy of an award. You can not play any better than that. But now that Nowitzki is taking over games and just obliterating opponents, does this chnge his rank among players of his generation or even all time? For years we have said he is not on the smae level as Duncan or Garnett, but can we say that he will have a better career than the two? If he keeps this up, will he be top 20 or 30? For me he is now top 30, but with a ring that put him into the argument for top 25. Do you guys think he will get a ring this year or any year? I hope he gets one this year, but the problem is they are still old. They are not as slow and discombobulated as the Lakers, but what if Wade and Lebron start pushing the ball? Cna they keep up with an wthletic speedy team that has the ablity to push the ball for the second straight sieres?


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This is the Mavs best chance

This is the Mavs best chance to win. They have a better point guard, center, and better depth. If Shawn Marion plays the defense of his life on LeBron James then they have a chance. I think that Stevenson and Kidd can slow down Wade. The key matchup will be Dirk vs. Bosh. If Dirk destroys Bosh then the Mavs can win. But, Bosh is a crafty scorer who can get hot. A key for the Mavs would be rebounding. If they can rebound well then that would really help. The Mavs have two better rebounders at center, and Marion can equal Bosh's board work, but Wade and LeBron are probably superior to Dirk and Kidd.

If the Finals came down to Mavs vs. Heat it should be a great series. Lots of all-stars and great veteran players. Arguably the two best players left (Dirk and LeBron) and the two best sidekicks left in Wade and Kidd.

LeBron, Wade, Dirk, Kidd, Bosh, Marion, Peja, Jason Terry, Big Z, Mike Miller, and Mike Bibby sounds like an all-star team. ... plus the always entertaining JJ Barea and the underrated defense and shot-blocking of Joel Anthony. Udonis Haslem would need to have another great impact for the Heat to win. Wow, both teams are loaded especially at the top 4 or 5 guys. Great players who know how to play basketball.

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This is the Mavs best chance

This is the Mavs best chance to win

- Miami would stomp them. We see Dirk on offense, but he isn't the greatest defensive player. Bosh can score on him. Wade and James could eat the entire Dallas backcourt and small forwards alive.

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not until he wins a championship

Dirk needs to win the big one otherwise he will be on the level of Patrick Ewing, Karl Malone, Charles Barkley.

Just ask Kevin Garnett how important 1 championship is to his career.

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Jason Kidd

A lot of people are forgetting about Kidd in retrospect to winning a championship. He needs to top his great career with one also.

Of the great point guards, like John Stockton and Steve Nash that didnt win it all, a championship is so important for this future Hall of Famer.

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No, I don't think Miami would stomp Dallas

BBKnicksfan: I don't think we can say that Miami would stomp the Mavericks. They are not as soft as you think. This years' playoffs has proved that to the extreme. They are definitely not soft and Tyson Chandler adds another dimension to the Mavericks that the Heat cannot compensate for. The Heat may have 2 and a half superstars but the Mavericks, I think we can all agree, can certainly handle that after sweeping LA, and coming back with 5 minutes left in the fourth quater after being down by as many as 15 against a Thunder team that was looking unstoppable and Ibaka was having a helluva game both offensively and defensively.

Yesterday's win was possibly the most important win for Dallas in the entire post-season.

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Why does everyone say that

Why does everyone say that yesterday's win was possibly or is the most important win for Dallas in the post season? I am saying this once and only once it WAS NOT BY ANY STRETCH. While it was a great win and increases the teams confidence a lot it was not the most important win simply because it was not the clinching win. They blow a 3-1 series lead yesterday's Game 4 meant nothing. The most important games in a series are the ones that clinch it and allow a team to advance, not a win to give them a 3-1 lead. Dallas still needs to close out the series (Which I believe they will). Until they close out that game 4 win means nothing.

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Miami wouldn't stomp the

Miami wouldn't stomp the Mavs. That's just wrong. I believe the Mavs beat Miami already correct? I understand this is the postseason but to say that Miami would stomp the Mavs is either grossly underestimating the Mavs or overestimating the Heat

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I think Durk would have a great series against the Heat. Anthony is a good defender, but too small. Bosh is just plain not a good enough defender, and Haslem is getting older and lacks heights. That alone can keep Dallas in the series. It is really important for the Heat for Bosh to play well and stay out of foul trouble, else Dallas will really pack the lane. Dallas may not have a bunch of great individual defenders, but they play very strong team defense and can play both man to man and zone. At first glance they would not appear to have the defenders to defend Kobe well or both Durant and Westbrook well, but they have anyways.

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Lebron and Wade

Lebron and Wade are matchup nightmares for any team.

You can't compare Durant and Westbrook to them, yet!!!

But the key to the Heat is Bosh, if he continues to be the 3rd scorer, along with Haslem continues to find ways to hit open jump shots, with Bibby and Chalmers knocking down the occasional 3 pointer, it's going to be hard to stop that Miami Heat Train.

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Dirk is playing like a damn

Dirk is playing like a damn Basketball God right now. Given his size and shooting ability, he is just unstoppable right now. He's got that mentality where he wants it bad this year and isn't letting anything stop him. This is some of the best ball I've ever seen anyone play, no stretch of the imagination. He's being unbelievably efficient, not forcing anything, getting D'd up very well and just knocking down J after J after J. Its unreal.

Someone check this dude's temperature, dude's been putting his hands in the oven before games.

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LeBron and Wade are very

LeBron and Wade are very different than Westbrook and Durant, but I was trying to say that the Mavs could still play good defense on the Heat duo despite their lack of shutdown perimeter defenders.

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Are you serious?

The key matchup in this POSSIBLE NBA Finals series is if the DALLAS MAVERICKS have anybody to matchup with both LeBron James or Dwayne Wadel. Hae some basketball sense please...

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What legacy does Dirk have?

What legacy does Dirk have? I think if he was wise he should have been left for a team with a legit big man. He wasted a lot of years playing with scrubs as big men. If Dirk never wins all those Bird comparison will drop off even with him playing really really good. People forget he played this good last time they went to the final but had a worst team and he missed a key free throw. I still think they can't guard Wade and now Lebron a

Also Miami matches up better against Dallas especially now that Bosh is showing up.

If Dallas loses it this year their window of ever winning is going to be really small.

Miami is doing this without legit big man and I think they could have a better team next year.

He may not be doing much but Bibby made a wise decision to leave money on the table for a ring.

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They aren't going to have anyone match up with Wade and LeBron permanently. They will throw some different looks at them, and Wade and LeBron will get theirs. There is going to be no individual Mavs player completely matching up with Wade or LeBron. I expect the Mavs to use a lot more zone and shifting man defense if they match up against the Heat.

I think it will be a close series, as the Heat are more athletic, but less disciplined and battle tested. The Mavs aren't going to be able to play as great defense on the Heat as the Bulls have, but they also can score enough to win shoot outs, and have the shooting and half court execution to take advantage of the Heat's aggressive defense. I expect both teams to win their conference finals and then engage in a shoot out. That is more Dallas' style, but the Heat are talented enough to win at that game.

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