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THE BOOK an opposing team's scout sizes up the Mavericks
Ian Thomsen
October 30, 2000
"You're always going to get something from Don Nelson that's either crazy or clever, depending on your point of view. You have to wonder if they'd be better off just doing the things they do well and not trying to outsmart people so much.... Howard Eisley is a good pickup for them. He's a low-mistake player who must have been taking notes on how to run the pick-and-roll when he was in Utah with John Stockton.... Dirk Nowitzki is a very tough matchup because of his combination of skills and size. He's on his way to being a terrific offensive player, but he's definitely the guy you want to go at when he's on defense. He doesn't react well, and he can be beaten off the dribble.... Michael Finley doesn't get noticed as much as he should. He can create his own shot, he can hit the spot-up jumper, and he's strong enough to post up, If there's one thing a defender should try to take away from Finley, it's his little move to the I middle, where he likes to shoot a runner in the lane."
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October 30, 2000

The Book An Opposing Team's Scout Sizes Up The Mavericks

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"You're always going to get something from Don Nelson that's either crazy or clever, depending on your point of view. You have to wonder if they'd be better off just doing the things they do well and not trying to outsmart people so much.... Howard Eisley is a good pickup for them. He's a low-mistake player who must have been taking notes on how to run the pick-and-roll when he was in Utah with John Stockton.... Dirk Nowitzki is a very tough matchup because of his combination of skills and size. He's on his way to being a terrific offensive player, but he's definitely the guy you want to go at when he's on defense. He doesn't react well, and he can be beaten off the dribble.... Michael Finley doesn't get noticed as much as he should. He can create his own shot, he can hit the spot-up jumper, and he's strong enough to post up, If there's one thing a defender should try to take away from Finley, it's his little move to the I middle, where he likes to shoot a runner in the lane."

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