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Dirk: Chandler helps Mavs D

Updated: December 20, 2010, 2:44 PM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki compared Tyson Chandler's defensive impact on the team to how Kevin Garnett instantly transformed the Boston Celtics into a defensive machine, and the stats bear him out.

"I don't think Ray [Allen] or Paul Pierce were great defenders before K.G. got there," Nowitzki said. "But, K.G., with his energy, his defense, his mentality and his high-octane self, he kind of changed the whole momentum on the defense. I think that's what Tyson did here."

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