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Expecting the same.
"With Steve or without Steve, I thought Dirk was on the verge of a breakout year," Finley said. "You saw glimpses of that at the end of the last season.
"I personally have put a little pressure on Dirk to have his best year. The way I figure it, if Dirk is considered one of the top five guys in this league, then we have a legitimate chance of being a pretty good team."
Nowitzki has been reminded by Finley and several coaches that he won't ever get a top-five or even a top-10 designation unless he improves his defense significantly. Nelson, though, insists that he can already see an improvement in Nowitzki's movement on defense, after the German put in a hard summer of fitness training.
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