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Nowitzki ready for Mavericks to look ahead, not back at title

Mar 28, 2012, 11:36 AM EDT

Dirk Nowitzki AP

It’s going to come up a lot the next couple days — Thursday night the Dallas Mavericks will take on the Miami Heat in Miami. That’s the place last June they won the NBA title.

Dirk Nowitzki spent the summer celebrating that win, to the point he showed up to camp out of shape. The entire Mavericks organization seemed to have a championship hangover and is just now starting to hit their stride (save that Lamar Odom situations).

Now heading into Miami, Nowitzki told the Dallas Morning News’ Mavs blog he thinks they’ve celebrated enough.

“I don’t want to dwell too much on the past,” Nowitzki said. “We feel like we’ve been celebrating all season. We didn’t get our ring on time, then we celebrated the banner, we celebrated the rings and every other day a player (former teammate) came in here getting a ring. So we’ve been celebrating a lot this year. We want to kind of put it behind us and move forward and hopefully have a good playoff run here.

“Yeah, it’ll be nice to go back to the scene of the crime, but we’ve got to move on and we’ve got to win a ballgame.”

For Dallas to make a deep playoff run just about everything has to go right for them… which come to think of it is exactly what we were all saying last year. Still, without Tyson Chandler in the paint I don’t think they are the same team. But I’m also not going to say anything is certain in the West — once you get past Oklahoma City the field opens up. And Dallas can’t be overlooked.

  1. twreck13 - Mar 28, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Dallas can still beat the thunder in a 7 game series, they are still in their heads.

  2. lofipatrick - Mar 28, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    Dirk spent all summer celebrating? Really? Because Kurt wrote a story last July talking about Nowitzki and Kaman suiting up for Germany over the summer.

  3. md23rewlz - Mar 28, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Can we please please please have a moratorium on “the Mavericks aren’t as good as last year because Tyson Chandler is no longer on the team” lines? Their defense this year is statistically better, and their defense in the playoffs wasn’t THAT good. The reason that they haven’t been as consistent as other Maverick teams is pretty simple: Their best player is having a far more up and down season than usually happens with Dirk. That’s seriously what it all comes down to. Shooting percentage is just off, efficiency is off, etc etc.. There are plenty of games they would have won if Dirk wasn’t just off his game the smidge that he’s been off. If Dirk strings together games like he did in the playoffs last year, they can beat anybody. Even without Tyson Chandler. Blasphemy, I know.

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