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Old 10-08-2012, 10:10 AM   #26
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Default Re: Do some people really think Larry Bird couldn't dominate like he did, in this era?

Originally Posted by macmac
What makes you think Dirk is a more accurate shooter? And the difference in height doesnt matter when one is more athletic and crafty to get their shot off whenever they want.

> To answer your first question, it is
1) the fact that Dirk averaged more playoff PPG
2) the fact that he got to the line more, making him more reliable even when his shot was off
3) his better 3P percentage
2) the very small difference in playoff percentage between the two despite the fact that Dirk had to consistently create his own offense whereas Bird got looks off of doubles and other situations that allowed him to catch&shoot more often. (And that's discounting the difference in defense/pace in the 80s)

Against the Mavs, opposing teams could focus solely on stopping Dirk. Against the Celtics, you had to crowd the paint to prevent one on one situations for Parish and McHale.

Bird also had a lot of series where it was obvious that he was struggling to score at his usual elite level. He even had back to back 8 point games in the Finals. That's not because he was a choker, but because tough defense made it more difficult for him to score when his jumpshot was broken, whereas Dirk could use his height to draw fouls.

Also, in no universe is Dirk less athletic than Bird, especially taking into account the fact that Dirk is a 7 footer. Dirk was actually fairly athletic by Euro standards when he was young - a 7 footer who could play some SF. And that's not a diss on Bird, it's just a fact of nature that he wasn't the best basketball body - if anything it makes his accomplishments more impressive.

Besides, I agree that Bird is far and away the better overall player, and again, he would absolutely destroy players in this era.
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