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Nowitzki, Durant test differently

Updated: May 21, 2011, 6:03 PM ET
By Ryan Gomes | Special to ESPNLosAngeles.com

I've matched with both of them before.

With Dirk Nowitzki, he's crafty enough that he's not a guy you can force one way or just get into him physically. When you do try to get physical, he knows how to handle the contact, as you saw Thursday in Game 2. On the perimeter, you want to close out to him because you know he's a knock-down shooter, but everyone's instincts -- I think anyone who guards anyone when closing out -- is to put your hands on him. Thursday, they called maybe three or four ...

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