Originally posted by vrabbit:
Originally posted by TX9R:
Originally posted by LA9erFan:
I can't think of a player that's redefined himself as much as Dirk has this year in the playoffs. He's just been incredible and I've gained a lot of respect for him.
Maybe it's just me and the fact that he's killed my Rockets for years, but Dirk has always been pretty close to what he is now offensively. He's just never had a great cast, more importantly some defense and size in the middle. Now that he does he doesn't have to do everything and you see the confidence he now has knowing the bigs can defend and rebound.
Yes and No.
He has been "pretty close to what he is now offensively" but he has really taken it up a notch to that elite level, that legendary status where years from now people will talk about his performance in the playoffs and how GREAT it was, and he's so f**king determined it is really impressive to see, not even celebrating the WCF title much, just WOW.
Ya, exactly. He's always been a great scorer, but being that he doesn't do a whole lot outside of that, he has to really dominate in this respect in order to take over a series...and he's done just that in each series so far this year.
I don't mean to sound hypocritical by posting Dirk's stats after railing against these sorta stats so often, but I think they're more applicable to guys like Durant or Dirk than they are to guys who are responsible for running the offense. Dirk's job is to score, and from that perspective, check out what he did against OKC...
FT%: 96.7% (while getting to the line 12.2 times per game)
f**kin' nuts. Amongst the greatest series' ever from a pure scorer perspective. And he does it without holding the ball for an inordinate amount of time, which is a big reason why Dallas was able to score 105.2ppg as a team in that series.
I've never been a big Dirk fan, but he deserves a
[ Edited by LA9erFan on May 26, 2011 at 9:21 AM ]