Dirk Nowitzki threw a pass way over teammate Jose Calderon‘s Spaniard head, causing a backcourt violation. Nowitzki also missed two clutch free throws. Both of these things happened late in the fourth quarter of the Mavericks’ gut-wrenching 109-103 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Pointing the finger is too easy a thing to do, especially during what could be the climax of what has been too frustrating a season for Mavericks fans. It’s always been easy in recent years to place a heap of blame on Vince Carter when things do not go right for Dallas, but the tipping point of frustration may have come now as Nowitzki is considered blameworthy.
The facts are, though, that even if Nowitzki made both free throws and didn’t throw that pass way over Calderon’s head, the Mavericks probably would have lost the game anyway. The Mavericks are a pretty flashy offensive group, but the Clippers are just way better a team.
In the end, when the Mavericks needed a stop, it was again the ‘el matador’ defense that allowed Blake Griffin to drive to the hoop like a prime Allen Iverson.
That was not Nowitzki’s fault.
None of this mess the Mavericks are currently in is Nowitzki’s fault. Without Nowitzki this season, the Mavericks would be even worse than the Philadeldia 76ers, hoping in the upcoming NBA Draft to land an Iverson of their own.