Doc Rivers’ tribute to Dirk Nowitzki draws plaudits from around the NBA

Doc Rivers was trending on Twitter on Tuesday morning — and, in a rarity for the social media platform that usually gets buzzing because of something ugly or controversial, the attention this time was on account of Rivers’ classy call Monday night.

With 9.4 seconds left in his team’s 121-112 victory over Dallas at Staples Center, the Clippers coach called a timeout, reached for the courtside mic and led an impromptu homage to Dirk Nowitzki, the Mavericks’ legendary German big man.

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