Dirk Nowitzki
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"Dirk Werner Nowitzki" (born June 19, 1978) is a German professional basketball player who currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). An alumnus of Wilhelm Röntgen/Röntgen Gymnasium (Germany)/Gymnasium and the DJK Würzburg basketball club, Nowitzki was chosen as the ninth pick in the 1998 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks and immediately traded to the Mavericks, where he has played since. Listed at , Nowitzki is considered one of the greatest Power forward (basketball)/power forwards in basketball history.

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He's one of the best shooters in the league and we found him in transition. He ran right to the line and when he gets his feet set, he can shoot with the best of them. Those shots kind of put (Portland) away.

We really made it hard on ourselves in the first half; always trailing, always trailing, and that takes a lot of energy out of you. Obviously, we have to address that and find ways to get more energy going at the get go.

We will miss Adi a lot with rebounds.

Two disappointing losses. We can't really hang our heads. We're right there. We had our chances to beat both of them. But we have some improving to do.

It's two disappointing loses but we can't really hang our heads down because we were right there. We had our chances to beat both of them. We know what we need to do. We still have over 20 games left. We have to improve on both ends of the floor. We'll work harder in practice and be there hopefully be there in April, May and June.

We weren't good enough in the fourth quarter. You have to play for 48 minutes against a team like Phoenix. They made shots off of our mistakes. We turned the ball over and you can't do that.

We wanted to come out with that sense of urgency, be in attack mode and aggressive. It was good on both ends of the court. We really moved the ball well and made the right adjustments to get a comfortable lead by half.

We never make excuses with injures. We would love to have Josh out there. Same with Devin. (But) we should have won the game with the guys that we had.

It was nice to get the win and get the series over with. They are a young, athletic team and it is always difficult playing the same team back-to-back during the season.