Dirk Nowitzki: I was just stating fact

Updated: June 7, 2011, 4:30 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki did not intend to call out his longest-tenured teammate when he said Monday that Jason Terry has not been the "crunch-time, clutch player" the Dallas Mavericks need during the NBA Finals.

Nowitzki simply gave an honest answer about the late-game impact of Miami Heat superstar LeBron James, who hasn't scored much in fourth quarters of these Finals but has shut down Terry down the stretch of both of Dallas' losses. It wasn't a motivational ploy by the Mavericks' MVP.

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