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How Chris “Birdman” Andersen Became The Dirk-Stopper

Published by on May 7, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

Many (including me) believed Chris "Birdman" Andersen wouldn't be the right defender to guard Dirk in the Western Conference Semifinals between the Nuggets and the Mavericks.

But with two games already completed and a pair of blowout wins for the Nuggets, many (including me once again) are revisiting our initial thoughts. 

When being guarded by Andersen in Game One, Nowitzki went 0-4 and helped the Nuggets' limit Dirk to only two fourth-quarter points.
In Game Two, though he had no blocked shots, Andersen collected nine rebounds, scored eight points and continued to play stifling defense on Dirk Nowitzki. Once again proved to be a pest against Dirk and the Nuggs' limited him to five points on a miser...

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