After a nightmarish shooting display in the first three quarters, Dirk matched Kobe bucket for bucket in the last six minutes of the fourth quarter and overtime. He scored 12 points in the last 5:50 of the fourth and had eight points in overtime.
He got all of his points on those familiar high-post isos that ended with either jumpers, dribble drives or trips to the free throw line.
Now, not to question how spectacular Dirk was or how sound Avery Johnson's simple strategy is when the big German delivers, but the question has to be asked: Why do you need Jason Kidd when the crunch-time offense is just dribbling to the 3-point line, pitch the ball in to Dirk and stand around and watch?
Again, the strategy paid off for the most part -- well, except for the game's outcome, of course -- but ball movement, motion and any real offense come to an end when the game is on the line. It just seems like a waste of having a guard like Kidd.