Friday, March 9, 2012
Stock report: Dirk Nowitzki up, Jason Terry down
By Tim MacMahon
Our weekly look at which Mavs' stocks have risen and fallen the most:
STOCK UP Dirk Nowitzki - The lower back tweak from last week obviously isn’t a long-term worry. Nowitzki has averaged 28.3 points on 52.6 percent shooting in the last four games.
He had one of the most efficient 40-point performances of his career in Saturday’s win over the Jazz, when he made 14 of 21 shots from the floor while becoming the first 40-point scorer to play less than 30 minutes since Rodrigue Beaubois in 2010.
Nowitzki came through in the clutch Tuesday against the Knicks, scoring 11 points of his 28 points in the final 4:34 after New York’s lead-seizing 15-0 run, sealing the win for the Mavs. Why didn’t Dirk get the ball with the game on the line in losses to the Thunder and Suns?
STOCK DOWN Jason Terry – Jet, Dirk’s closing sidekick for the last seven years, has been benched for crunch time twice in the last week.
In last Friday’s loss to New Orleans, coach Rick Carlisle opted to go with Rodrigue Beaubois’ hot hand (25 points) instead of ice-cold Terry (two points, 1-9 FG). In Thursday’s loss to the Suns, Carlisle banished Terry to the bench after an awful excuse for blocking out allowed Phoenix’s Shannon Brown to get one of the easiest putback dunks you’ll ever see. Terry watched while Beaubois, who had an off night, missed two shots in the final seconds of the 96-94 loss.
That was the third game in the last five that Terry scored in single digits.