Dirk Nowitzki gives embarrassing excuses for why he was crossed up twice

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The first game of the new NBA season was battled between the champion San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Mavericks, on opening night fans were treated to some glorious basketball and brilliantly executed plays, however Dirk Nowitzki falling over twice certainly wasn't pretty.

The 36-year-old German forward is still an elite player in the league and when general managers were polled earlier this month, Nowitzki was voted the best european player currently plying his trade in the NBA.

For all of his tremendous talents and great shooting ability, the seven footer isn't nimble on his feet and Boris Diaw of the San Antonio Spurs certainly realised this.

Often placed at power forward or the center position, Nowtizki is not used to finding himself too far away from the paint whilst on defence, being out in the open court can be dangerous for the lanky german.

The Spurs power forward Diaw on the other hand is very skilled big man and has the skills of a point guard, which is why San Antonio deploy him around the arc to set up their plays.

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Nowitzki getting crossed

On two separate occasions, Dirk found himself too far away from the basket and Diaw took advantage.

The Dallas legend found himself floundering on the floor twice after being crossed over by Diaw and embarrassingly hitting the deck.

You can check out the Nowitzki terrible falls here

The Mavericks power forward took some pretty heavy stick on Twitter after the game but Nowitzki is known for his great sense of humour, he had some pretty funny excuses for his dramatic falls.

He was linked both vines of his falls by LittleBigMan @ArielHurts1 on Twitter, who simply said: "bro @swish41 ?"

The first fall Nowitzki blamed on a "offensive foul..." despite no one being near him.

The second slip he blamed on a "wet spot..." 

Even the best can mess up and Nowitzki knows there is no real defence of him having his ankles broken by Diaw who isn't exactly the quickest athlete out there on the court.

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