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Breaking down the defense on Dirk

5/4/2011

As always, fantastic work from Sebastian Pruiti of NBAPlaybook.com, this time detailing some of the problems the Lakers had defending Dirk Nowitzki in Game 1. Pau Gasol in particular had an extremely tough go, especially when Dirk was out on the perimeter.

More reason to question why Phil Jackson, given the play was likely to start high on the floor, put Gasol on Nowitzki for the critical possession late in the fourth instead of Lamar Odom.