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Three ways to stop Dirk Nowitzki

Peter Newmann and Dean Oliver, along with help from the good folks at ESPN Stats & Info, came up with three keys to slowing down Dirk Nowitzki.

Here's an excerpt:

1. Defend him out to the 3-point line

Nowitzki shot 50.2 percent during the regular season from the field outside the paint. That was the highest percentage in the league among players whose majority of shots came outside the paint and had at least 500 field-goal attempts outside the paint.

Nowitzki shot 49.2 percent in the regular season from 10 feet and beyond. That was the third-highest percentage in the NBA (Al Horford, Elton Brand).