At the Risk of Waking Laura Miller: Mavs-Blazers Series is Over

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An MVP. Almost 23,000 points. Ten All-Star selections. Three-Point shooting contest title. Eleven consecutive seasons of playoff berths with 50-plus wins. One of only four players to average 25 points, 10 rebounds in the postseason. Certain first-ballot Hall of Famer. And a unique skill set that makes him the most versatile 7-footer in the NBA today and one of the toughest covers in the history of the basketball

Given those bullet points, you'd think the player would get accolades, much less respect.

But given the fact that he's white -- without a tattoo on his body or a fight on his record -- you'd be dead wrong about Dirk Nowitzki.

My column in this week's Observer has me trying to defend Nowitzki, something no one on the Blazers has yet been able to do. Through two games Dirk has shot only 16 of 42, but he's consistently gotten to the free-throw line and closed both Dallas victories with a combined 32 points in the fourth quarter.

Up 2-0 on Portland heading into tonight's Game 3 at the Rose Garden, the series is over. The advancement of Dirk's legacy, however, is just starting.


"I think I've pretty much done everything in this game except win a championship," Nowitzki said last week, before the start of the Mavs' first-round playoff series against the Blazers. "It's not so much that I want to prove something to my critics. It's just that I want to win. At this stage of my career, every time I don't win a championship it's another disappointment."

Since he can't change his skin tone or his or his relatively docile demeanor, all Dirk can do to change minds ... is fill the only void on his résumé.

The Lakers and Spurs both joined the playoffs with wins last night, and Dallas is 14 long wins from the promised land. But as for this series with Portland, it's -- shh, don't tell Laura Miller -- finito.

The Mavs are up 2-0 in a playoff series for the first time since 2006. Back then it was the NBA Finals and as Dallas left for Miami, the former mayor's office released potential parade routes to the media. Along with Dwyane Wade and suspect officiating, the Heat used the bulletin-board material as movitation to rally to four straight wins and a title that gutted Dallas' basketball fans.

Those wounds are still fresh and, given the history, it's insane to pronounce a Mavs series victory with only 50 percent of the precincts reporting. But, let's face it, this thing is won.

The Blazers -- who are down, out and even crying -- may win tonight. Even Saturday afternoon. Wouldn't be shocked if the series came back to American Airlines Center at 2-2. But the Mavs have been the NBA's best road team the last two seasons with a 55-27 record. Jason Terry hasn't had a breakout game, nor Shawn Marion.

I've eaten crow before and it's disgusting. Not this time.


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Bigdheller
Bigdheller

Well my friend, you may want to head to Walmart and buy a huge bib! The Crow is flying low over your head and is dying to land on your plate!!!

Emotionally divesting the Mavs
Emotionally divesting the Mavs

Richie - You are an idiot. Cowlishaw did a similar dumb thing during the finals against the Heat. You are not a true Mavs fan.

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

Hmmm, I think you may be right (sorta). After tonight's meltdown, it does look like its over

Triad
Triad

How's that crow taste?

bigbody
bigbody

Why oh why would you declare this series over? When have the Mavs had a Killer Instinct and finished a series out. Last time they were 2-0 in a series, we ending up crying foul because of referees and Dwyane Wade.

Storm_71
Storm_71

Hey Richie saw the picture of you in the Sportress. Man it looks like the hair you planted is comming right along. A few more weeks you'll be able to get those tips frosted !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Scoreboard
Scoreboard

tardline's ratings were 1.1 for march.

by june they wont even get a 1share.not even greggo or 100k watts can help richie whitt be a decent broadcaster.stick to sensationalizing writing, whitt.you're not big market, big time.

meanwhile jake z and tc pull a 3 from their living room on danny balis' broken mic.

ThongNCheese
ThongNCheese

In SFBL news, I'm tweaking my roster and slowly starting to climb in the standings. I just added Tim Hudson and Jeff Francoeur which should give me a small boost.

Trade lines are still open...

Sybil's beaver
Sybil's beaver

Richie put his brat on me last nigtht, he wouldn't put it in me though, something about the rear hole only, though he did say my bush looked like his boyfriends bush. And my bush looks like dirks ex girlfriends armpit hair, see that blog tie in

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Dirk get disrespected/underappreciated because he is mellow, laid-back, and reserved, not because he's white. He's a first ballot hall-of-famer who will always get pot-shots taken at him unless he wins multiple rings, but any real Mavs fan (or person of reasonable basketball intelligence) knows he's an elite player.

You're stomping on the fine line between confidence and post-baiting shock jock crap. They're in a great position, yes. Dirk hasn't played well in quarters 1-3 and Terry has sucked. But they suck on the road in the playoffs with this core bunch and Terry always sucks in the playoffs. Terry needs to shut his mouth (again), and deliver on the court. The Mavs could come out tonight and put a stomping on Portland and have this thing all but wrapped up, but there's also greater-than-zero odds they get whipped like RAGE ratings and we're all in a panic tomorrow morning.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Give the race thing a break. The deal with Dirk is he doesn't go after all the marketing stuff. If the country could see the stuff that he does internally with the Mavs, he'd be more marketable and covered. He doesn't do anything funny basically. Look at Peyton Manning; before he started doing commercials he was simply the Dirk N. of NFL. Now? Get it?

kergo
kergo

First, german brat lovers!

RAGE, 2-7 PM. Embrace it!

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