Dirk: n. A dagger

That’s according to The American Heritage Dictionary. And that’s exactly what Dirk Nowitzki was – a dagger – in the NBA Finals.

You can debate all day long whether the Dallas Mavericks smoked the Miami Heat or the Heat self-immolated. But one thing that’s beyond debate: Dirk Nowitzki took this series by the fourth-quarter throat and never let it go.

From the New York Times:

With a brilliant shooting night from Jason Terry and a lethal final push from Dirk Nowitzki, the Mavericks claimed a 105-95 victory at American Airlines Arena on Sunday and clinched the N.B.A. title in six games.

This was supposed to be Miami’s moment, one that LeBron James forecast last July, when he joined the Heat and giddily predicted a string of titles. But the Mavericks were deeper and steadier, more ready for the opportunity.

“This feeling, to be on the best team of the world, is just undescribable,” Nowitzki said, a championship hat askew on his head, a soaked T-shirt on his chest and medical tape still wrapped around his torn left middle finger.

In his hands was the box score, which showed Nowitzki with 21 points and 11 rebounds on the biggest night of his 13-year career. He averaged 26 points and 9.7 rebounds in the series, led huge comebacks in Games 2 and 4, dominated fourth quarters and was rewarded as the most valuable player.

Beyond that, defunct ABC/ESPN commentator and new Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson declared that Nowitzki ranks among the Top 20 players in NBA history.

We’ll file that alongside Jackson’s prediction that the Warriors will make the playoffs next season.

But no doubt about it, Nowitzki submitted one for the ages in this NBA Finals.

NoBrain James, on the other hand, should be forced to watch fourth-quarter tapes for the entire off-season.

Serves him right.

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2 Responses to Dirk: n. A dagger

  1. Chris Ross says:

    What an absolutely, positively, unbelievably exciting NBA Finals we got to watch this year. It was one of the best I’ve ever seen in my life for sure. No matter what Dirk Nowitzki found a way to come through in the 4th quarter almost each and every game. The supporting cast came up with huge performances in the last 3 games and most importantly the 6th game. Barea just changed the dynamic of the series and honestly, I thought that if Nowitzki hadn’t made those buckets at the end of game 6, Barea should have gotten MVP. Terry was great as well and it was really nice to see a group of 30+ aged veterans come together to win a championship. Great way to cap off an NBA season. Also, you think you could check out my blog cuz I’d love to hear what you have to say. http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2011/06/12/lebron%E2%80%99s-championship-asterisk/

  2. CAvard says:

    *** Mark Jackson declared that Nowitzki ranks among the Top 20 players in NBA history. ***

    I was like “huh?” when he said that. That certainly was a stretch. Keep working at it Dirk. The other comparison I keep hearing is Dirk Nowitski is the next Larry Bird. Um … no.

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