DALLAS — In 11 previous Playoff seasons Dirk Nowitzki has never been swept.
That streak could end Saturday night if the Dallas Mavericks don’t find a way to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 4. If a sweep happens, Thunder guard Derek Fisher warned the Mavs to be prepared for it to sting beyond this summer.
Having been there before,and I don’t know if it only lasts for one summer,” Fisher said Friday. “You just never forget.
Fisher said he still thinks about last season’s sweep with the Lakers at the hands of a Mavs team that was played brilliantly in that series, but looks quite a bit different today.
“It’s tough to compare teams on a year to year basis, but I think it speaks to how you obviously need your stars to be stars,” Fisher said. “You need Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry and Shawn Marion, guys that have been All-Stars, Jason kidd’s a Hall of Famer, you need those guys to be who they are and I think by and large they have been. But, there’s no way to overstate the importance of those other guys, the importance of guys that are willing to sacrifice shots and playing time and individual success for what’s best for the team.
“So when you think about Tyson Chandler , a guy like a Deshawn Stevenson who added toughness and 3-point shooting last year, J.J. Barea, Peja [Stojakovic] being a veteran guy that had been on successful teams before, you throw all that in the pie, those are key guys to miss. When you’re trying to replace the type of guys they lost last season and then unfortunately for a guy I care about, Lamar Odom, having that situation going on throughout the year, I think it’s been tougher for them to find the type of chemistry they had last season, this season.”