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I kid, I kid. But seriously, there's no question that the playoffs are only downhill from here.

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Also, if you haven't read this, you should. Yet another ode to Dirk: http://grantland.com/the-triangle/steve-nash-george-karl-and-others-on-dirk-nowitzki-and-the-unguardable-play/

Enjoy It While It Lasts

Even after taking the Spurs to the brink so far in the playoffs, Nowitzki still faces an uphill battle to extend his season past the opening round. Another long offseason will follow, and when the big German returns to training camp next fall, it will be for the start of his 16th season in the league. At some point, the Dirk we’ve come to admire will finally fall victim to Father Time. The leaning, one-legged fadeaways will go in with less frequency, and the legs and energy necessary to power past opponents off the dribble will deplete, as well. It’s the depressing inevitability of the passing years.

Whenever a legend from the past ultimately succumbs to age, NBA fans are left wondering if they will ever see a player like him ever again. But while we’ve seen players similar to all-time greats like Jordan and Magic come along, it’s hard to imagine getting another one as uniquely dominant as Nowitzki. He’s made something commonly seen in an NBA game — a simple pick-and-pop — into a bundle of points and entertainment on a nightly basis.

"I don’t know if there’s ever been anybody like Dirk," says Nash. "And for that reason we might not see a guy like that again for many years. But if we do, it’s because he’s inspired the possibility."

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