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Carl Landry posted up Mike Dunleavy twice Saturday night and couldn't back him down. Dunleavy told me his secret
afterward: "I played with Cliff Robinson, one of the best post defenders ever, my first couple of years in the league. Skinny as I was, I was getting posted up all the time by pretty much everyone. One day after practice he showed me a few techniques and ever since, it's been a little better." He added, somewhat jokingly, "You get over 30 years you get some old-man strength, too." Both Landry and Dunleavy are listed as 6'9", but Landry is 248 pounds while Dunleavy is 220. Watching Dunleavy work, Robinson taught him about leverage -- keeping his upper body straight up, but utilizing his legs at an angle, like tipping a chair against a door.
Dunleavy, 32, hopes to take a cue from fellow Dukie, Grant Hill, and find a role that will allow him to continue playing into his late 30s. Utilizing Uncle Cliffy's post-D tricks, combined with Dunleavy's long-range shooting stroke (career 37 percent three-point shooter, including 43 percent this year) has him thinking he could evolve into a stretch 4. "I had a similar experience as Grant," Dunleavy said. "My injury wasn't as severe as his, but I missed a year and a half, when you add it all up, with a knee injury in the prime of my career. But it saved me a lot of wear and tear then and I hope I can make it up on the back end. Adding 10 pounds and playing stretch 4 is definitely a route I could see taking."