Does Dirk have the fire in him?

If Dallas is going to bounce back and win the NBA title, Dirk Nowitzki must show that he has some fire in his belly.

Updated: June 16, 2006, 2:57 PM ET
By Scoop Jackson | Page 2

MIAMI -- Ric Bucher threw the question out there hours before the game: Is he enough of an emotional leader to carry this team to a championship?

It's a question you never want to ask of a leader of a team, especially one who just four days ago was being labeled the "best player in the NBA." Second to none.

But here we are, locked in a series of Spurs-Pistons proportions, and the question that followed Tim Duncan into Game 7 last year has matrix'd itself into the life of Dirk ...

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