Similar Spurs scheme throws Dirk off

Mavs' Nowitzki can't get into the flow despite facing familiar one-on-one coverage

Updated: April 22, 2010, 8:10 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- How could Gregg Popovich not react to Dirk Nowitzki's Game 1 offensive brilliance with a steady diet of double-teams?

"I might be just dumb," Popovich said. "I don't know."

As foolish as the strategy appeared a few days ago, Popovich sure seems pretty smart with his San Antonio Spurs heading home with a split.

Nowitzki, fresh off one of his most efficient playoff performances, never got in a rhythm during the Dallas Mavericks' 102-88 loss in Game 2 on Wednesday ...

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