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Old 05-14-06, 07:06 PM
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Nowitzki expects to play despite stiff, swollen ankle

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DALLAS -- Robert Horry credits his career of clutch shots to a positive thinking class he took in high school.

And now would be a good time for the San Antonio Spurs to think positive.

Because history doesn't favor the defending champions, who trail Dallas 2-1 in the second-round playoff series heading into Game 4 on Monday night. Since Tim Duncan's arrival in 1997, San Antonio has never rallied when trailing after three games.

Horry said Sunday his class was called "visualization" -- and he says he still sees the Spurs pulling this series out.

"You play for the moment," Horry said. "We're not thinking about where we are as far as the record in the series."

One thing the Spurs can think about is seeing Dirk Nowitzki in Game 4. The Mavericks forward said Sunday that he expects to play Monday despite swelling on the right ankle that he twisted in the closing moments of Saturday's thrilling 104-103 victory.

Nowitzki only shot free throws during practice on Sunday and said he's put ice on the ankle every two hours. He said the feeling remains stiff and that the pain is "up there" with other ankle injuries he's endured.

But asked if there was any way he would miss Game 4, Nowitzki said, "If I lose a leg."

Mavericks coach Avery Johnson said the team will know more Monday about his star's status. Johnson said he's confident in others picking up the slack even if Nowitzki -- who's averaging 27.6 points and nearly 10 rebounds in the playoffs -- isn't at full strength.

"We have other guys on this team who we think we can get a lot of production out of," Johnson said. "We've done it before, we've had to make those sort of adjustments, and we're prepared to do it again."

Nowitzki landed awkwardly on the ankle after driving to the basket and drawing a sixth foul on Tim Duncan with 1:05 remaining.

The play came toward the end of a frenetic finish in which the teams swapped leads throughout the final seven minutes before Nowitzki scored the winning points with two free throws with seven seconds left. He finished with 27 points and 15 rebounds.

San Antonio had trailed by 13 at halftime before storming back, which the Spurs took satisfaction in on Sunday. But San Antonio coach Greg Popovich made clear that he didn't think scoring points was the problem.

"Our bottom line is that our defense has not been good enough to date," Popovich said. "That's the bottom-line story for us. People score 100 points or more, we're probably going to lose that game. That's the way history has been."

History has also shown that, since Duncan arrived and led the Spurs to three championships, the Spurs haven't been able to come back when trailing a series after three games.

When the Spurs won their second title in 2003, they lost their series openers to Phoenix in the first round and Dallas in the conference finals. San Antonio wound up winning each series in six games.

But being down at least 2-1 is a hole from which San Antonio hasn't been able to climb back in the Duncan era. In NBA history, the team that has won Game 3 in a seven-game series has advanced 75.5 percent of the time.

For his part, Duncan can hardly be blamed for the Spurs trailing: in the three games so far, he's averaged 31.1 points and 11.3 rebounds.

"He's played like MVP Timmy throughout the playoffs," Popovich said. "Without that, we'd be in trouble."

Game 4 comes after a short break in the series after a three-day lull between Games 2 and 3. Game 5 will be Wednesday in San Antonio and Game 6, if necessary, will be back in Dallas on Friday.

It's a pace the Mavericks prefer. Guard Jason Terry, who's averaging 16.3 points in the playoffs, said the shorter time has kept mistakes fresh and made correcting those problems an easier task.

Even if a longer break would give Nowitzki more time to recover.

"He's a good decoy, even if he's out there one leg," Terry said.
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Old 05-14-06, 07:09 PM
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Old 05-14-06, 07:14 PM
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the refs will make sure not even a stiff wind touches that ankle!!

imagine, he played defense around the rim on a driving manu shooting a left handed layup and least 3 times and somehow dirk never fouled him once. Harris got Tim in foul trouble going to the rim. Either A) Dirk is a better defender in the paint or B) Harris is MUCH better and drawing fouls than Manu.
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Old 05-14-06, 07:15 PM
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im still sick after seeing that game but it is going to be interesting to see how Dirk is gonna be affected by his injury. without him at near 100 percent the Spurs should just sit back and let those bastards shoot outside shots. harris and daniels are very average shooters so i would just lay back on them and take away the drive. why they havent been doing this all series i have no earthly idea. and man o man is that mavs announcer the most instantly annoying person since Sonny Melendrez and the KABB morning show lineup. go spurs! rompanse la madre!
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Old 05-14-06, 07:15 PM
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follow-up:

do we take advantage of Dirk's ankle?
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Old 05-14-06, 07:19 PM
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do we take advantage of Dirk's ankle?
No, they need to attack Dirk on the Defensive end but not because of his ankle, because he is Dirk. He said at the end of the game he was fortunate they weren't attacking him.
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Old 05-14-06, 07:22 PM
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Duncan's had a hurt foot all year.

I feel no pity for Nowitzki.
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Old 05-14-06, 07:24 PM
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No, they need to attack Dirk on the Defensive end but not because of his ankle, because he is Dirk. He said at the end of the game he was fortunate they weren't attacking him.
Dirk will shott 34 free throws...... and Tim will foul out in the 1st quarter.....and Manu will convicted of having shot JFK. This scenario is not much more bizarre than what we witnessed in game 3.

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Old 05-14-06, 07:25 PM
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Hope mavs dont become LA fakers, although they sure get as many calls.
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Old 05-14-06, 07:26 PM
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Well, I'd be surprised if he drives to the basket much. He already sucks at it as it is. Once we cleaned up the penetration, the only play they had was Dirk driving, missing, and getting a call. That may be affected. Also, I wouldn't expect him to post up even when he has a smaller defender off of a switch. He doesn't do that when he's OK, I doubt he'll do it now that he's hurt.

I still say dump it into Tim. He takes his man one-on-one or kicks it out of double teams. And if Manu, Tony, or Finley get it out of the kick out/rotation, drive it right at Dirk and force the refs to show their hand.
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Old 05-14-06, 07:37 PM
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Dirk will shott 34 free throws...... and Tim will foul out in the 1st quarter.....and Manu will convicted of having shot JFK. This scenario is not much more bizarre than what we witnessed in game 3.

What a farce the NBA is
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Old 05-14-06, 07:44 PM
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Hope mavs dont become LA fakers, although they sure get as many calls.
I have more respect for the Lakers than the Mavericks. Everyone knows what kind of influence Cuban is pulling around here.
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Old 05-14-06, 09:10 PM
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No, they need to attack Dirk on the Defensive end but not because of his ankle, because he is Dirk. He said at the end of the game he was fortunate they weren't attacking him.
Agreed. They should go after him. He's really still a bad one-on-one defender. Get some switches, and let Tony and Manu drive on him, and we'll see who's glaring at the end.
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Old 05-14-06, 09:20 PM
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Keep in mind that both dirk and AJ learned a lot about deception and trickery from Nellie. I wouldn't be surprised if dirk plays possum for a while then breaks out to draw fouls. Never underestimate your enemy.

With that said, cover dirk in the same manner as before. Maybe Horry could actually cover a less mobile dirk.
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If this is another poorly called game I will be totally surprised. Look for either no-calls or the Mavs to be called quite a bit more. Yes, go at Nowitski...hard. And for God's sake....Make those freethrows!!!!!!!
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Old 05-14-06, 10:36 PM
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Memo to the SPURS ...

Make that boy RUN BABY RUN -- he rolled that ankle pretty good. He cant be at 100% tomorrow. SPURS need to go right at him and put him in foul trouble.. its his turn to hit the bench and watch
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Old 05-15-06, 12:05 AM
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I don't really trust whatever reported. I don't see any reason for mav to release the truth.
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Old 05-15-06, 12:08 AM
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Duncan's had a hurt foot all year.

I feel no pity for Nowitzki.
And two bad ones last year in the offs!!!!! One in the playoffs second round too, and he won it. No pitty.
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all i know if is if the refs try to give this one to the mavs they better watch out for game 5...
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you don't need a healthy ankle to shoot free throws, refs will make sure that he gets his 25 points.
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Nowitzki is dreaming. If he plays- we should welcome it with open arms. Insiders are telling us that his ankle is swollen big time and that it could be up to 2 weeks before he has back to fuill motion and strength on it. He was on adrenaline to finish game 3.

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You know, he sure was walking on it pretty good right after it happened. I don't recall even seeing a hint of a limp. I know, I know, he was running on adrenaline but still......


(I did write this before I paged down and saw your comment spurssheriff).
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Built-in excuse.

The Spurs were going to win this series anyway. With Dirk hurt and Dallas seemingly in control of this series, this is going to be the reason why they weren't able to finish it off.

Mark my words. We will never hear the end of "we would have won if Dirk didn't get hurt."
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You know, he sure was walking on it pretty good right after it happened. I don't recall even seeing a hint of a limp. I know, I know, he was running on adrenaline but still......


(I did write this before I paged down and saw your comment spurssheriff).
I did see Dirk limping when he was running down the court. A sprained ankle will not heal 100% in 2 days. Dirk will be affected by this. However the affect of his injury will be minimized if the refs keep sending him to the FT line because Dirk doesn't have to rely on his ankle to shoot FT's. Jumpshots are a different story.
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hard to say how he will play tonight but the impact of a surrounding tissue injury can take hours to be seen. remember how tim finished the game in which he tore his meniscus, only to never play another game the rest of the series. dirk will play but his mobility will be in question as far as his lateral movement is concerned.
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hard to say how he will play tonight but the impact of a surrounding tissue injury can take hours to be seen. remember how tim finished the game in which he tore his meniscus, only to never play another game the rest of the series. dirk will play but his mobility will be in question as far as his lateral movement is concerned.
since it is not his speed that gets him all these FTs, I doubt that his game is going to be affected.
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Put it this way - if it weren't the playoffs, Dirk would sit out for the rest of the week.

If we play anywhere near the way we're capable, the Mavs are in trouble.

But we can't come out flat just because he's hurt. Attack and destry these panzies.

Not to wish any ill will upon players, but I'm not too upset about Dirk busting his ankle. Until then, it looked like the only way to beat the refs, I mean the Mavs, was to get Cuban jailed for tax evasion and have his assets frozen.

Bottom line is, we're better than the MAvs -- we're just not playing that well, and we're not getting a fair shake from the refs.
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Bowen needs to be relentless on Dirk--force him to drive baseline on the ankle.

Everyones beat up...not just Dirk...last team standing wins.
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We should go at him very hard indeed!
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Nowitzki only shot free throws during practice on Sunday and said he's put ice on the ankle every two hours. He said the feeling remains stiff and that the pain is "up there" with other ankle injuries he's endured.
That's all he did in game 4 anyway. Its become obvious Stern doesn't want another Sprus Pistons match-up, so look for much more of this the rest of the series.

It's bad enough to be getting screwed on the road, but our home games are just as bad.
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