Dirk still striving for perfection

DALLAS -- Nobody is tougher on Dirk Nowitzki than his longtime mentor, Holger Geschwindner.

So, Holger, how can you nitpick Nowitzki's 36-point performance in the Mavs' playoff opener?

"He missed a shot," Geschwindnder said with a wide smile. "We're working on it."

Actually, Dirk missed two shots. He had to settle with going 12-of-14 from the floor and 12-of-12 from the line during the 35th 30-point playoff performance of his career.