Well, tonight’s game between the Dallas Mavericks and the San Antonio Spurs got more interesting, it seems. Why? Well, check this tweet out from the TV producer of Dallas Mavericks games for Fox Sports Southwest.
Dirk Nowitzki hasn’t played at all this season due to in October. The original diagnosis had him out for only 4-6 weeks but the swelling didn’t go down as expected to they pushed the rehab date further back. He had his first full contract practice a few days ago but they didn’t mention any sort of timetable return. So if he does play tonight, it’d be a bit of a shock because there was nothing mentioned about his return.
Dallas is 12-15 right now. They have been shuffling through a ton of people this season. The Mavericks waived Delonte West to make room for Eddy Curry. Then they waived Eddy Curry about a few days later to make room for Troy Murphy. And then at the end of November, the Mavs released Murphy in favor of Derek Fisher. When Derek Fisher got hurt, he asked for his release. The Mavs then called up Chris Douglas-Roberts. That was a doozy, wasn’t it?
Dallas has also been full of injuries. Dirk, obviously, was the big one, but injuries have also taken out Shawn Marion, Elton Brand, and Chris Kaman for a few games (not to mention the recently-released Derek Fisher). With Dirk back, they will obviously be a better team, but no one is going to confuse them as a title contender.
Nowitzki has played for the Mavericks for his entire career. The 34-year-old German has accomplished quite a bit in his NBA stay, including winning the Most Valuable Player award in 2007 and the Finals MVP in 2011, when he helped Dallas win their only NBA championship. He’s averaged 22.9 points and 8.3 boards in his career.
Dallas lost Friday night against Memphis and look to get back on the winning track against San Antonio tonight.