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Criticism of Dirk Nowitzki misses mark

Star gets blame for Mavs' playoff failures, but numbers show he's a postseason force

Updated: April 14, 2011, 2:23 PM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- After the Dallas Mavericks dismantled the Phoenix Suns last week, the usual media contingent huddled around Dirk Nowitzki at his locker.

There was one non-regular media member who waited for an opening and tossed this question at Nowitzki: "How do you feel about the national media" -- in particular TNT analyst Chris Webber, who ranted after the Mavs were throttled by the Los Angeles Lakers a couple of weeks ago -- "calling the Mavs soft?"

The 7-foot Nowitzki recoiled ...

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