DON'T TELL ME DIRK ISN'T CLUTCH
By mark rogers
June 9, 2011
Disclaimer - this is a basketball post on a football blog. That's what happens when the only news is Plaxico Burress is out of jail
I have had some ridiculously ridiculous friends in the last few days tell me that Dirk Nowitzki isn't clutch...that he still lives up to the old nickname "Choke-witzki."
Are you not clutch if you average...AVERAGE...10 points per 4TH QUARTER in 19 playoff games? (9.8 in the wins, 10.8 in the losses...trust me, I looked at every playoff game's play-by-play myself and calculated it).
He scored 18 in Game1 against Portland. He scored the final nine points in the Finals Game2 15-point comeback. He scored 14 in the 4th and overtime in the Western Finals Game4 15-point comeback. He scored 9 in the Game3 7-point 4th quarter comeback against LA. He scored 10 on Tuesday in a 9-point 4th quarter comeback.
He scored 15 in the Game 3 loss in Dallas versus the Heat.
Let's talk about that game. He turned it over one time and some people (one person namely, Shaun) says that he choked. He scored 15 points in the 4th (as many or more points than 83% of the players on the court scored in the entire game including everyone on his team), was 4 of 7 from the field and barely missed a shot at the buzzer that would have tied it.
On a night that his teammates contributed 52 points, made 5 of 16 three-pointers (31%), missed 32 of 49 of their shots, and missed five free-throws. Dirk single-handedly raised the team's FG percentage by five points.
Yeah...and that one turnover means he choked. Whatever Shaun.
Dirk is clutch, and he's the reason that Mavs are going to win this series in 7 games. Win tonight. Lose Sunday. Win game 7.
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