Nowitzki is Spurs' worst nightmare

Popovich bound to lose sleep trying to figure out how to handle Mavs' shooting star

Updated: April 19, 2010, 10:08 AM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- If Sunday night was Dirk Nowitzki getting lucky, then San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich will have to come up with something more creative and a whole lot more effective than his third-quarter Hack-a-Damp for when Nowitzki is just plain good.

It was Nowitzki who called himself lucky, mentioning really just a few off-balance toss-ups early on that found the bottom of the net. Then just about everything he touched ripped nylon in a huge 36-point effort on just 14 shots.

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