Spirits are high right now in the “Big D” as the Dallas Mavericks have secured their second NBA Finals appearance in five years. Dallas finished off the young and improving Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Five with a 100-96 victory at American Airlines Arena on Thursday. The 4-1 series win sets up an NBA Finals re-match with the Mavericks’ 2006 opponent the Miami Heat. Dirk Nowitzki was amazing in this series and will look to continue his stellar form throughout the Finals in much the same fashion. Let’s take a closer look at the “Dirk Nowitzki Show”.
In recent years not only Dirk but the Mavericks in general have been labelled “soft” by the collective NBA community. Being guilty of MVP fade outs, a distinct lack of defense and some early Playoff exits, the Mavs have allowed the NBA public to doubt whether they have what it takes to win it all. This Playoff run certainly has a different feel however as contributions keep on coming from all areas of their roster. If it’s not Dirk’s amazing play carrying the Mavericks it’s Jason Kidd getting it done. If Kidd disappears at any stage the contributions of guys like Marion, Barea or Terry seem to come at the most prolific times. Even the aging sharp-shooter Peja Stojakovic is finding time to shine as these Dallas Mavericks seem to be on a mission.