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Say what you want about LeBron and his incredible playoff performance, but Dirk Nowitzki is the clear postseason MVP.
Since Dallas fell apart in the 2006 NBA Finals, many have questioned Dirk as a leader and as a big-game player. In the 2011 postseason, he has proven all of his doubters wrong.
His playoff statistics are incredible. Dirk is averaging 28 points per game while shooting 52 percent from the field, 52 percent from beyond the arc and 93 percent from the foul line.
He has not only filled up the stat sheet, but he’s been incredibly clutch too. Every time his team needs a big shot, Dirk has stepped up and hit one.
When interviewed on ESPN’s PTI program, Mavs’ Head Coach Rick Carlisle said the following:
“There has never been a guy close to 7’1” that has developed a game to play this style of basketball. Dirk is an absolute original in every sense of the word. He is not like anyone who has ever played this game and to me that is one of the things that makes him historically good and unbelievably special.”
Like Rick Carlisle said, Dirk is both historically good and unbelievably special.
If he continues to play the way he’s been playing since the playoffs started, he will not only exorcise his postseason demons, but will secure his legacy as an all-time great.
If Dirk plays big for one more series, he will win his first NBA championship and will bring the city of Dallas its first NBA title.
How’s that for a storybook ending?