Scouting Report: Mavericks vs. Suns

Updated: June 3, 2006, 2:14 AM ET
By John Carroll | Scouts Inc.
Mavs Offense: When you see greatness, it is something to behold. Dirk Nowitzki was brilliant in Game 5 and not just for his offensive output, but more importantly the timing. Great players are able to not only recognize defining moments, but are able to shine during them. Nowitzki saw the ship sinking in the third quarter and took over the game. He has expanded his game in so many areas in the last two years. His 3-point shot now opens up his drive game, which gets him to the foul line. Dallas might not need him to score 50 points again, but it may need him to take over a fourth quarter in Game 6 or 7 for the Mavericks to win this series.

John Carroll

Scouts, Basketball Recruiting
John Carroll joined Scouts Inc. after nine years as an NBA coach, including a seven-year tenure with the Boston Celtics that concluded with a four-month stint as interim head coach in 2003-04. Before joining the NBA, Carroll spent six years as head coach at Duquesne University and seven years at Seton Hall as an assistant to head coach P.J. Carlesimo.