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How Chris "Birdman" Andersen Became The Dirk-Stopper

DENVER - MAY 03:  Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks collects a rebound away from Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets in Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Pepsi Center on May 3, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Mavericks 109-95. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Sean StancillSenior Writer INovember 4, 2016

Many (including me) believed Chris "Birdman" Andersen wouldn't be the right defender to guard Dirk in the Western Conference Semifinals between the Nuggets and the Mavericks.

But with two games already completed and a pair of blowout wins for the Nuggets, many (including me once again) are revisiting our initial thoughts. 

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