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Dirk Nowitzki Explains Why The Dallas Mavericks Overcame The Miami Heat Big 3 In 2011: “I Think We Were Really Fortunate That We Saw Them In Year One."

Dirk Nowitzki

Perhaps one of the most surprising NBA Finals victories was that of 2011, where the Miami Heat super team comprised of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh were stunned in the finals by the Dallas Mavericks.

Dirk Nowitzki was the best player in that series, earning him the MVP award. It was an incredible run for the Mavericks, and they exacted revenge in fine fashion against the team that denied them from winning the 2006 championship.

Although the victory was well-deserved, Dirk has stated that the team more was fortunate than anything else. According to Essentially Sports, he said:

"Well, I think we were a little fortunate. I think he just went to Miami at the time, and I don’t think they fully had all the roles defined, and I think everybody was still trying to find their way with [Chris] Bosh and [Dwyane] Wade and who scores when, who gets the ball at certain times of the game.”

"I think we were really fortunate that we saw them in year one. I think we would all agree on this call that they were way more talented than we were at the time."

Granted, the Heat team was more talented, but they had not built the necessary chemistry. It was the first year of the roster overhaul, and the players had still not gotten used to each other. They lost the finals in six games, and arguably the team's best player averaged only 17.8 points in the series. Wade was still the tip of their offensive spear at the time and averaged 26.5 points.

Things were different in 2012 and 2013 with LeBron leading the charge, they won both championships then but lost the 2014 finals to the San Antonio Spurs. To date, that is the only championship the Mavericks have won.