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Dirk: It's Jason Terry's job to get open

OKLAHOMA CITY – You know the playoffs are officially under way when Dirk Nowitzki is publicly pushing Jason Terry.

Coach Rick Carlisle took the blame for a red hot Terry rarely touching the ball in the fourth quarter of Game 1, when Russell Westbrook smothered the Mavs’ sixth man. Over the last two days, the Mavs have worked on ways to free up Terry if Westbrook aggressively denies him the ball.

However, Nowitzki said it’s ultimately Terry’s responsibility to figure out a way to get the ball in his hands.

“He’s got to get open,” Nowitzki said. “We’ve got to get him open. He’s got to get himself open. He didn’t get a catch the last couple of minutes, and that obviously can’t happen. He’s one of our closers and we need him to close.

“You’ve got to give Westbrook credit. He followed his footsteps all the way to halfcourt if he had to, but still, I mean, we’re NBA players. We’ve got to get open in the halfcourt. I think we’ve got to set a couple of screens or he’s got to move around a little bit more, but we’ve got to get him involved in the fourth quarter. That’s for sure.”