Game 1 WCF Mavs Shoot Thunder 121-112: Dirk Does It To OKC Legendary With The Greatest Of Ease

There was nothing anyone could do…

Appeared on a  radio show last night that began during the lottery (What’s up with Kahn?) and ended sometime before the half. Out the corner of my eye I could see Dirk Nowitzki going to the line so much I actually thought ESPN was showing a replay. The sound was turned down obviously…which added to my temporary confusion. Hung up from the show and reached for the remote…

Dirk was killing them.

The shots this cat was making were incredible and the pretty way they were splashing through the net all soft proper like made the performance even more astonishing. Did the net ever move? His line: 12-15, 24-24 from the stripe. The rebounding was nothing short of Dirk with 6 but he did have 4 blocks.

Jason Terry contributed 24. J.J. Barea tossed in 21…in 16 minutes…on 8-12 shooting. The Mavs themselves shot 53% and hit 34 of 36 free throws.

Let’s not forget what Kevin Durant did as well. His game was nearly as efficient as Dirk’s. The young thunder cat put in 40. 12-18 from the field and 18-19 from the line.

Russell Westbrook seemed out of sorts, shot 3-15, but still had 20 points because he hit 14-18 free throws. Could he just be tired? He’ll break out soon if that’s the case.

What the hell was going on? When is the last time you saw three player shoot at least 18 free throws in the same game?

The Thunder tried everything and everyone on Dirk. Look at Serge Ibaka’s face. He looks helpless. When Dirk is hitting that fade, he’s unstoppable, for 7 footers aren’t supposed to have that shooting ability. There was a lot of frustration on OKC faces because it did seem the game was called very tight.

Do the Thunder have to go small and get out on the break? Is this game similar to Game 1 Mia/Chi where you just throw it out because it was Game 1? Did both home teams simply play their cards a little too early and expose themselves or do the same to the competition?

Every single game Russell Westbrook plays during these playoffs is a learning experience. Must be good to be so good so young and on this stage. The NBA as a whole is on to something. With so many stars 22 and younger already playing at such a high level, the league and its fans are in for some great basketball moving forward. Because of “The Decision” and it’s aftermath, in my opinion, every player league wide stepped up, got in shape and refined their focus. The year, as a result, was good if not great and these playoffs are just as entertaining.

Dirk had a great game but as I said on twitter, keep his game in perspective please and definitely remember Durant’s game was not that far off. Don’t get all crazy. Cats were saying Dirk was the greatest white player ever over Bird and West. Quit with the race based comparisons. Also, in an age where everything is seen as the next best this or that, let’s be objective about this game. There were a lot of free throws shot. Did it compromise the performance?

The European GOAT is an interesting one only because Sabonis came in late. My mind says it’s still Sabonis. He was incredibly gifted and dominated Europe from the time he was a kid.

In my eyes the greatest international player was Oscar Daniel Bezerra Schmidt. He averaged somewhere in the vicinity of 28 points in 39 Olympic games? Incredible. He was a beast and actually the first player I saw put up 50 on TV. Too bad he was born in ’58 and never played in the NBA because he wanted to secure his amateur status to rock for the Brazilian national team. Now that’s a patriot.

Oklahoma City Thunder Home Oklahoma City Thunder
Player Game
Min FGM-A FTM-A 3PM-A Off
Reb
Def
Reb
Tot
Reb
Asst Stl Blk TO PF Pts
Kevin Durant, F 41 10-18 18-19 2-5 0 8 8 5 1 2 3 3 40
Serge Ibaka, F 31 7-11 3-3 0-0 2 4 6 0 1 0 0 5 17
Kendrick Perkins, C 27 3-4 1-2 0-0 2 3 5 2 1 0 0 2 7
Russell Westbrook, G 38 3-15 14-18 0-0 1 2 3 3 1 0 4 2 20
Thabo Sefolosha, G 19 2-2 0-0 2-2 0 1 1 2 2 0 1 4 6
James Harden 35 5-9 1-1 1-4 0 2 2 4 1 1 0 4 12
Nick Collison 16 2-4 0-0 0-0 5 0 5 1 0 0 3 4 4
Eric Maynor 9 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 2 0 0 1 2 0
Daequan Cook 7 2-4 0-0 2-3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6
Nate Robinson 5 0-3 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nazr Mohammed 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 0 1 0 0
Cole Aldrich 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Byron Mullens 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Robert Vaden 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Royal Ivey 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 240 34-72
(.472)
37-43
(.860)
7-16
(.438)
11 24 35 19 7 3 13 27 112
Team Rebounds: Technicals: 1 Player: Perkins (1)
Ejections: 0 DQ’s: 0
Points off turnovers: Team Turnovers: 0
Fast Break Points: 22 Points in the Paint: 40
Biggest Lead: 9
DNP:

 

Dallas Mavericks Home Dallas Mavericks
Player Game
Min FGM-A FTM-A 3PM-A Off
Reb
Def
Reb
Tot
Reb
Asst Stl Blk TO PF Pts
Dirk Nowitzki, F 40 12-15 24-24 0-0 0 6 6 4 0 4 2 3 48
Shawn Marion, F 26 5-10 1-1 0-0 3 4 7 3 1 1 2 6 11
Tyson Chandler, C 24 1-2 1-2 0-0 2 6 8 0 0 2 1 4 3
Jason Kidd, G 35 1-3 0-0 1-3 0 3 3 11 3 0 3 3 3
DeShawn Stevenson, G 14 1-4 0-0 1-3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 3
Jason Terry 32 8-16 4-4 4-8 0 1 1 2 0 1 1 4 24
Brendan Haywood 23 1-1 1-2 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 3 3
Peja Stojakovic 20 1-8 0-0 1-6 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 3
J.J. Barea 16 8-12 3-3 2-3 1 2 3 1 0 0 2 0 21
Corey Brewer 4 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 2
Dominique Jones 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ian Mahinmi 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Caron Butler 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brian Cardinal 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rodrigue Beaubois 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 240 39-73
(.534)
34-36
(.944)
9-23
(.391)
8 25 33 22 7 8 12 28 121
Team Rebounds: Technicals: 2 Players: Chandler (1) , Terry (1)
Ejections: 0 DQ’s: 1 Player: Marion (1)
Points off turnovers: Team Turnovers: 1
Fast Break Points: 14 Points in the Paint: 36
Biggest Lead: 16
DNP:

Officials: Joe Crawford, Bill Kennedy, Zach Zarba
Attendance: 20911

<a href="http://msn.foxsports.com/video?vid=f9f1508d-0706-4087-8575-f5dfd69bf1a2" target="_new" title="">Dirk dominates Game 1</a>

I do think Dallas wins this in 7. Age is a factor of course but if Dirk goes to the line this many times throughout the series, they move on to the Finals.

12 Responses to “Game 1 WCF Mavs Shoot Thunder 121-112: Dirk Does It To OKC Legendary With The Greatest Of Ease”

  1. Temple3 says:

    For the record, this is a photograph of an UNCONTESTED jump shot. Dirk is a brutally tough cover and Ibaka is just too new to the game to guard him. Ibaka’s reputation was cemented as a great weak-side help defender during this year’s playoffs, but OKC’s best on-ball defender before THE TRADE was Jeff Green.

    The Thunder would definitely prefer to have Perkins. The trade needed to be made. Ibaka and the rest of the team will need to adjust. They recognize they were just in a very physical series with Memphis and that this series may be called differently.

    Bottom line — they were in it till the end and Westbrook and company missed many easy jump shots, which can reflect something as simple as a change in rhythm. Memphis didn’t have a shot blocker. Dallas has several. Misses reflect changes in release points and adjustments to pressure. They will adjust and Game 2 will be close as well. OKC won 2 quarters and almost won a 3rd. Dallas thoroughly dominated the 2nd quarter — the time when the FOUL impact on OKC’s front line was greatest.

    I think this series is a long way from over and I still like the Thunder — more after last night than before — if that makes any sense.

  2. Mizzo says:

    Probably for the same reasons I like the Heat in reverse – if that makes sense.

    Writing this, I found it difficult to even get into the actual flow because there was none…but more of a charity stripe parade.

  3. Origin says:

    Like I said before Dirk is the most protected player in the league. This dude was getting touch fouls while running around a hacking every player that moved and no fouls were called on him.

    This is 2006 again where until the finals you couldn’t breath on Dirk. Now in contrast we have the ECF and Wade, Lebron & Rose are getting banged and grabbed while barely getting free throws.

    If the Bulls make it to the finals Dirk will shoot 20 fts a game. The Bulls whole front court will foul out (because they have no star PF who will force the refs ot to call fouls).

  4. Jerold Wells Jr says:

    Dirk was a monster. I know guys that can’t hit 20 free throws in a row in a gym right now for a rack. (1k, Racks on Racks was on the radio earlier, my apologies)

    Does he get babied? Sure. I think it’s a reflection of the “rough him up” tactics used against him earlier in his career. Folks took him for a chump and pushed him around. They were verbal about it too. It worked to an extent. I see growth in his game though and I think Avery Johnson needs to be credited. Alot. He’s toughened.

    That stat line is insane. Just nuts. 48 on 15 shots?!?!?!? Damn near 50 and didn’t hit a 3? That’s Jerry West/Pistol Pete ish and not just bc they are white guys.

    Durant was equally impressive. Dude isn’t even 25 yet. Im scared of what his ceiling is as a player.

  5. Origin says:

    I understand Jerold……….but this dude can play a whole game and not get called for one freaking foul most games. You see that flagrant that he gave Durant yet the refs wouldn’t call a flagrant. If the shoe was on the other foot that would have been a flagrant on Durant.

    Then tonight this dude is running over folks trying to get back in transition and no foul. So today its 8 minutes left in teh game and Dirk has no fouls. Yet still hacking away at folks like there is no tomorrow. Heck if Nash and AI could have hacked away at folks like that they would have both won rings. Heck I wish Yao could have done that when he was healthy.

  6. Julius says:

    Give us a break Origin. You don’t like Dirk. Fine. You can’t even acknowledge he had a great game without sullying it with claims that it was all abetted by the refs. You want to talk about the most “protected” player in NBA history? Try Michael Jordan. Were you complaining back when he went to the charity stripe every time a Knick looked in his direction? No? Thought so. Come on. Just admit it. You don’t like Dirk because he’s white, right?

  7. Mizzo says:

    Watch it Julius. I find it rather interesting your comments have to be moderated. Take off your mask!

  8. Origin says:

    Nope I have no problem with Dirk because he is white. But I have a problem with you because you are an idiot.

    How was that for your dumbass.

  9. Ron Glover says:

    Didn’t Origin use Nash in his “anti-Dirk” rant.

    Oh, I forgot Nash is Canadian.

    By the way wassup Dave – it is Dave right?

  10. Mizzo says:

    Or Kwaku, or Kwame or Friedman or what was the other name? Dude had a bunch of them.

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