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If the first slide is to work, and Dirk Nowitzki is pitted against the likes of Joel Anthony and Juwan Howard, then it will be an easier assignment for the seven-foot German.
So who does that leave to guard Dwyane Wade and LeBron James?
Shawn Marion and DeShawn Stevenson are terrific help defenders, guys who can switch with ease. Marion, who defended James last night, would bring his one-on-one defensive skills to the table if he ever needed to switch to take Wade straight up.
Jason Kidd is a fabulous on-ball defender, and he should be put on Wade from the get-go.
That way you can have Marion on James, and Stevenson, being the solid help defense, on whatever point guard Miami throws at them. When the ball is in one of the duo's hands, that is.
It might be a crazy suggestion, but there's no chance the Mavericks come back into this series without limiting the opportunities offensively for LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.