Dirk “Milicic” Nowitzki? Not so fast … In last night’s loss of the Mavericks against the Utah Jazz, Nowitzki ripped down Andre Kirilenko who was on the floor for several minutes and had to be taken to the hospital for x-rays of his hip which turned out not to be injured or even broken.
The play angered Jazz fans, who shouted that Nowitzki should be ejected and booed him loudly every time he touched the ball. They also relished it when Boozer stripped the ball from Nowitzki two times in a row down the stretch.
So what had Dirk to say? Nowitzki said he didn’t want to give Kirilenko a three-point play opportunity.
“I kind of tried to grab him, and unfortunately grabbed him around the neck,” Nowitzki said. “Things went so fast, I didn’t mean to grab the neck, but I just tried to hold him so he doesn’t score. I happened to grab his neck and it was a bad fall.”
Somebody is feeling the heat already. Since Jason Kidd came to the Mavericks they are 4-4.