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Was Dirk's Game 4 anywhere near the Flu Game?

Posted on: June 8, 2011 1:48 am
Edited on: June 8, 2011 2:21 am
Posted by Royce Young

It was an inevitability. As soon as word came out that Dirk Nowitzki was battling a triple-digit fever in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, you knew someone out there was going to connect the dots.

Wait, Dirk's sick in the NBA Finals. And he played well and his team won. Just like Michael Jordan's Flu Game! What a great story!

A "perceptive" reporter caught on and asked Jason Terry if this was Dirk's "Flu Game" and Terry gave just about the most perfect answer.

"A Jordanism, really? I don't know about that."

Yeah, I don't know about that. Let's compare.

Michael Jordan's Flu Game
44 minutes, 13-27 from the field, 2-5 from 3, 38 points, seven rebounds, five assists, three steals

Dirk Nowitzki's Fever Game
39 minutes, 6-19 from the field, 0-2 from 3, 21 points, 11 rebounds, one assist

Yeah, I don't know about that. Actually, I do know about that. Not even close to comparable. Dirk was impressive, no doubt, considering the circumstance. Playing with a bum finger on your off-hand is one thing, but beating the Miami Heat with a fever of 102 is another. That's impressive. That's outstanding.

But Jordan's performance was on another level. It's hard to compare sickness levels here, but visibly, Jordan's illness was a notch above. He had the lasting image of Scottie Pippen carrying him off the floor, the ice pack on his neck on the bench, the obvious exhaustion -- and yet he walked on to the floor and just kept coming and coming and coming.

And one other big, key difference: Jordan's condition was well known prior to the game and it was a question as to if he'd play at all. With Dirk, we only found out at halftime and really judging by the way Dirk was playing and handling himself, you really wouldn't have known. Maybe that speaks a bit to Dirk's toughness, but in terms of story, it didn't drum anything up.

The Flu Game was legendary. It was historic. It's something that's in the pantheon of NBA greatness. It's the type of thing that you'll never, ever, ever, ever forget.

Dirk's Fever Game? It was good, yes. He had two big driving layups late in the game and grabbed a few timely rebounds. But unless you're a Mavs fan, you'll probably forget all about this game in a few years. Jordan, on the other hand, had the huge hanging jumper in the lane and the 3 with the game tied at 85-85 with 30 seconds left as he dragged his near-lifeless body back down the court. It was... unbelievable.

Only two things really link these two games: 1) They were both in the NBA Finals and 2) both guys were sick. Other than that, trying to place Dirk's Game 4 anywhere near Jordan's Game 6 in 1997 is just silly.

But don't ask Scottie Pippen about it. I'm afraid of his answer.

Since: Sep 7, 2007
Posted on: June 8, 2011 10:17 pm

Was Dirk's Game 4 anywhere near the Flu Game?

Sounds like someone is trying to fabricate a controversy.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: June 8, 2011 1:32 pm

Was Dirk's Game 4 anywhere near the Flu Game?

Are you serious?  Dirk compared HIMSELF to Jordan?  Dude pay attention...Dirk doesn't ever talk for himself like that.  It's the MEDIA, and maybe other players that talk about Dirk like that...Not Dirk.  C'mon man!

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: June 8, 2011 11:43 am

Was Dirk's Game 4 anywhere near the Flu Game?

Dirk should be suspended rest of the Finals for daring to compare himself to MJ. Every wannabe player on both teams should have to switch to #23 to ensure this doesn't happen again.  NBA Finals should be renamed to the Jordan Invitational until these guys start getting it. 

Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: June 8, 2011 11:18 am

Was Dirk's Game 4 anywhere near the Flu Game?

I don't care if it's not as great as Jordan's flu game. What Dirk did last night was still really impressive. Let's not diminish what he did by comparing him to Jordan.

Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: June 8, 2011 9:47 am

Was Dirk's Game 4 anywhere near the Flu Game?

your kidding right? this is a sick joke if youre actually trying to compare this right now.. go dig urself a hole u morohn

Since: Apr 22, 2011
Posted on: June 8, 2011 7:01 am

Was Dirk's Game 4 anywhere near the Flu Game?

seriously, this deification of michael jordan has to stop. can we have things happen in basketball without the comparisons to mj? i guess no one played the game before him or since he retired. enough already, it's beyond sickening....

Since: Jun 8, 2011
Posted on: June 8, 2011 6:19 am

Was Dirk's Game 4 anywhere near the Flu Game?

The only person trying to compare anything is the writer of this story. The writer writes as if everyone is comparing the two performances but only he is smart enough to see the difference. Stupid.

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