Okay, now we’ve done some reading of post-game comments and such, and the consensus is about what was expected – Dirk Nowitzki is gonna have an embarrassing MVP press conference.
Throughout the game last night, we kept turning to our game-watching associate and doing updates on how many points Dirk had. Not to be funny or anything – it was just like one of those amazing points of fact that you couldn’t help but repeat.
We like Dirk and all, but as a basketball writer (which we’re not), that game couldn’t have gone better. Huge loss, huge upset, and the guy who came into the game with all eyes wondering whether he’d perform had one of the worst games of his career.
What’s all the worse are quotes like the following.
“Don’t forget that we took away his point guard and his best friend [Steve Nash] and that we went to a totally different style of play,” Mavs president of basketball operation Donnie Nelson says. “Every time we throw something new at Dirk, he masters it.”
Yes, that helps. “Hey, his best friend went to play for another team – what do you want from the guy?”
Anyway, there’s really nothing anyone can say to cover for Dirk – they’ve got a monster competitor of an owner and an even more aggressive and ornery coach. Like this DAL columnist says – it’s all on Dirk, and this team isn’t going anywhere in terms of a title with him as its best player.
What can you do about that, though? It’s not like there are that many players out there for the taking who are any better, right?
As has been our personal pattern in our own life when faced with great adversity, we recommend the Mavs give up. Just don’t show up for games next year. Literally stay in the hotels, night after night.
Surely that’s the only story that will overtake the GSW Series collapse in the hearts and keyboards of media members everywhere.