Originally Posted by Twilite Kid
I think he did go small and we lost the series in 7. If we used Rasho or Nazr we lose the series in 4 or 5.
Think about it. Who does Rasho or Nazr guard?
How bout Dampier or Diop and then you slide TD to Dirk?
It's not lik Bowen was shutting down Dirk at any point and TD defends Dirk as well as anyone.
The bottomline is that Pop completely threw out the bigs. It's understandable to use them less because of matchups but to cut their minutes from 25 to 0 was too radical of a move.
Nazr/Rasho helps you on the glass and in giving you that 2nd shot blocker the Spurs lacked this series to help TD. They slow the tempo down and you send a message to the Mavs that they need to match your game, not you succumbing to their tempo and style.
It's not like the matchups Pop used were slowing penetration to the hoop so you have to ask yourself how much worse could it have been when Mavs players were getting to the hoop at will anyway?