Dirk is Second Best

Dirk is Second Best
May 3, 2010, 7:02 pm
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Matt Steinmetz
CSNBayArea.com

Dirk Nowitzki is one of the games best players, and his talentis undeniable. Id take him on my team any day of the week. But for theumpteenth time, he needs to be your second-best player if you expect to goanywhere.

This isnt anything new.

We knew this back in 2006 when the Miami Heat rallied from a 2-0deficit in the NBA Finals to beat Dallas,and it was hammered home a year later when the Warriors dismantled theMavericks in the first round.

As great as Nowitzki is, he needs more than just an upgrade of teammatetalent. He needs a big-time running mate. Its not going to be easy tofind that guy, we know.

But if it cant be done, the Mavericks need to go ahead and makethe difficult decision of parting ways with Nowitzki.

THE BONUS:

Ill be a son of a gun if Derek Fisher doesnt clobberDeron Williams on the very first play of the Utah-L.A. series. Twenty secondsinto Game 1, Williams goes up for a shot, and Fisher gets him on the bridge ofthe nose. Why do we know there is more where that came from?

Its no secret the Lakers signed Ron Artest last offseason toprovide an upgrade in toughness and perimeter defense. Still, its prettyincredible of just how little an offensive option Artest is in L.A.

Hes scored in double figures in just two of seven playoff gamesand is shooting 35.7 percent from the field.

The Nuggets Chris Andersen is a great story, and therearent many guys who play with as much energy as he does. At the sametime, by the end of the Utah-Denver series, Andersen had been exposed. Bottomline is that talent of Carlos Boozer and Paul Millsap won out over the hustleof Andersen

One thing about Jamal Crawford he really doesnt seem tofeel any pressure, no matter the situation. Thats not necessarily a goodthing

Ive heard the term 50-50 balls used bycommentators and coaches alike when speaking of getting to loose balls. When Iwas coming up, 50-50 ball was a soccer term and soccer term only.Lets keep it that way

Interesting tweet by Baron Davis the other day congratulating TyrekeEvans on winning Rookie of the Year, but also saying he thought the awardshould have been split with Brandon Jennings because the Bucks were inthe show (playoffs).

No mention of Stephen Curry.