NBA Finals 2011: Will Dirk Nowitzki's Shooting Recover in Second Half?
Mavericks Lead Game 6 Of 2011 NBA Finals Despite Nowitzki’s Woes
Despite a horrendous 1-for-12 shooting start from star forward Dirk nowitzki, the Dallas Mavericks went to the half clinging to a 53-51 advantage. If Nowitzi continues to struggle, the Mavs lead will be tenuous, but can Miami keep the playoffs’ most dangerous scorer locked down for another two quarters?
As bad as Nowitzki has been, the Miami defense doesn’t deserve that much credit for his performance in the first half. While the Heat have played well in forcing turnovers on the perimeter, many of Nowitzki’s misses have been just that: missed shots on looks that Nowitzki normally converts.
Jason Terry’s sensational first half has helped cushion the blow for Dallas, and while Terry won’t have another 8-for-10 half, Nowitzki is just as unlikely to be as bad as he was to start off. As both players shift toward their respective norms, the net effect will still be a terrific offensive night for a Mavs team that had been starved for offense for most of this series.
A high-scoring game almost certainly favors the Mavericks, who have better three-point shooters than Miami. If Nowitzki can pick up his shooting to go with the numbers his teammates are already putting up, the NBA championship will belong to Dallas by the end of the night.
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