Finger Pointing

Dirk and the Mavs stole game 2. photo:basketball.rawsignal.com

Let’s start by saying actions speak louder than words.  We’ve all heard that before, probably had our parents say that to us when we were growing up.  I’ll probably be saying it to my little boy in a few short years myself.  The dictionary defines an experiment as a test, trial, or tentative procedure; an act or operation for the purpose of discovering something unknown.  So what’s the point of all this?

Dirk Nowitzki’s actions Wednesday spoke louder than his words.  After suffering the injury in game 1 his middle finger was one of the bigger stories going into game 2.  We knew he would wear a protective covering over the finger but Dirk’s words said it wasn’t a big deal.  He said he was “not worried about it” when asked about the injury on Wednesday.

His actions said otherwise.  We also heard reports that he was experimenting, there’s that word again, with his dribbling and passing to see how the injury would affect those aspects of his game.  So he was conducting a test, trial, or tentative procedure to see if he would discover anything unknown about his injured finger.  The actions trumped the words because if he wasn’t worried about it, why was he experimenting with it?  Because he was worried, or at least a little concerned, about it.

His game, in particular the 4th quarter,  spoke the loudest of all.  After struggling to a 3-10 start in the first half, he went 7-12 in the second half including a pair of left-handed layups, one to tie the game at 90, the other to seal the win.  He finished with 24 and had 11 boards to go with it to give the Mavs a split in the series with the next three games being played in Dallas.  I’m not buying into the Rick Carlisle “Dirk is one of the greatest of all time” talk.  I’m not even buying the Dirk is better than Bird talk either.  But it is safe to say his “experiment” was a success.

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My name is Vinny Hardy. I am a freelance sports blogging correspondent for the John Boy & Billy Big Show. I'm from Lynch Kentucky. I currently live in Morristown, Tennessee. My wife Katie and I have been married for 10 years and we have a 3 year old son, Micah. I would like to thank Will West of WNML in Knoxville for urging me to start blogging and the Big Show's very own Terry Hanson for his unbelievable mentoring and support. Without him absolutely none of this is possible. I hope you enjoy the blog. The articles can also be seen on theisn.net, check out that site too. Leave a comment and definitely come back regularly and see what's new.