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|Dirk Nowitzki needs to stop sulking and get fired up.|
|Nowitzki can lift his teammates with his enthusiasm.|
Something that will make everyone watching this unfolding "question" -- whether the one spot the Heat have been serious about taking from Dirk (his sweet spot) has become a soft spot?
Or when he's simply not playing well. Or when his team just got beat by 24 and set a record for the least points scored in the fourth quarter of a Finals game: seven.
Which basically means this column ain't right.
But the one thing the playoffs do -- especially the Finals -- is expose everything about everybody. Good, bad, ugly. Right, wrong. Truths, lies. How players react emotionally has always been a part of the dark side of Finals exposure. And right now, with the series tied and the pendulum swinging to the East, it seems necessary to ask when the "nonemotional cool" in a certain player is going to leave and a necessary emotional outburst (even a subtle one) is going to jump out? When is that player going to hit a basket and run down court with his tongue out? When is he going to stop letting Shandon Anderson and James Posey look like Bruce Bowen and Ron Artest, and take them in the paint and and pound them to death? When is he going to scream at a ref for not giving him the calls when the Heat players knock him down on his 3s? When is he going to remind them who he is? When is this player going to take over a huddle while Avery Johnson and Del Harris are strategizing and tell all 11 other players, "Screw Miami, let's show them we got some beast in us, too"? When is he going to sink a free throw and backpedal down court with his index finger over his mouth letting the crowd know that "DA-VID HASSEL-HOFF" chant that they do is a waste of their breath?
|Does have have it in him?|