Dirk Nowitzki validated his spot in the pantheon of basketball greats. His subpar 9-27 shooting performance was but a minor blip on the radar of an MVP series and MVP-type of season, and by scoring 10 points in the fourth quarter, he became the anti-LeBron.
Poise and perspective and restraint are the skills of veteran players. Disappointment and frustration and outright embarrassment teach them well. In that respect, the Miami Heat should be a tougher Finals opponent next time.