DALLAS -- Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra heaped a lot of praise on Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki over the past two days.
After Monday's practice at American Airlines Center, Spoelstra talked about how Nowitzki's game is "timeless.'' He was back complimenting Nowitzki again after Tuesday's shootaround.
"He's seen every single coverage that you can possibly think of,'' Spoelstra said. "His game is timeless, but he adds new dimensions.
"His one-footed fadeaway is iconic now -- almost as much as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's sky hook. You see players trying to imitated it. That's when you know you've got game -- when your peers are showing you that type of respect.''
The Heat truly respect Nowitzki. But they'll be doing everything within their powers to try and contain him when the Mavs (32-22) host Miami (37-14) at 7:30 tonight at American Airlines Center.
"Everything we've done against him (defensively), he's seen it and he's conquered it,'' Spoelstra said. "So we just have to bring that much more effort and force to this game (tonight).'
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