Posts Tagged ‘Tim McMahon’

Dirk’s Silence Deafening In Finals

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – While the brass band continues to march around every shot and pass, each nail-bite and utterance of LeBron James, at the other end of the floor Dirk Nowitzki tip-toes around like a ninja on a mattress full of marshmallows.

Call him the Basketball Whisperer.

Of course, there is no reason to shout your own name from the rooftops when your performance and results scream louder than an air raid siren.

Another game, another win and another virtuoso effort – 29 points, six rebounds, three assists – by Nowitzki that is not just a contrast in style but of substance with the star-studded Miami monster.

Our buddy Tim McMahon of ESPNDallas.com delivers the goods:

Actually, Nowitzki has been twice as good as the Heat’s two stars during winning time. That’s fact, not opinion. Just check the numbers.

In the final five minutes with the score within five points, Nowitzki has scored 26 points in these Finals, hitting eight of 12 shots from the floor. That’s double what (Dwyane) Wade and James have combined to produce, with James contributing a grand total of zero points to the cause.

No wonder the Mavs have outscored the Heat by 15 points in those situations, which explains why the less talented team is the squad with a chance to pop champagne bottles Sunday night.

The unfolding story does seem to go beyond the cold, hard numbers as the basketball world watches it all unfold. There is a vastly different approach to the game at work here.

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Middle Men Will Swing WC Finals

DALLAS – Kendrick Perkins is coming home, so to speak, for the Western Conference finals.

A Beaumont, Texas, native, his first dip in this Red River NBA Rivalry should be an interesting one for another reason, considering he’ll be facing the man that almost had his job as the Oklahoma City Thunder’s starting center.

Before Tyson Chandler showed up here and helped turn the Dallas Mavericks into a defensive-minded force, he was on his way to the Thunder. Chandler was on his way to the Thunder, at the time he was traded from the New Orleans Hornets for Joe Smith and Chris Wilcox, in a deal in February 2009 that was later rescinded when Chandler failed his physical (injured toe) with the Thunder’s medical staff.

Instead of manning the middle the for the upstart Thunder, Chandler is doing so for the Mavericks and is facing a player just as anxious to mix it up in the post as he is. That’s why we fully expect the play of these two big men to swing the momentum from night to night in this series.

“There’s no doubt about it,” a scout friend told me via text this morning when I raised the same point to him. “Whoever controls the middle of the lane controls this series. Even with all the explosive offensive talent that will be on display in that series, it’s going to come down to who can guard the rim the best.”

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