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Dirk Nowitzki admits he is not 100 percent back. Yet.

Dec 22, 2011, 12:29 PM EDT

Dirk Nowitzki AP

Dirk Nowitzki is still shaking off the cobwebs. Or the summer parties.

He played in his first preseason game Tuesday night and was 2-for-10 shooting, playing 23 minutes and looking rusty. He had skipped the team’s first preseason contest.

After the game he admitted he’s not all the way back yet to the Star-Telegram.

“I’m fine, nothing hurts,’’ Nowitzki said. “The wind will come back, but it’s definitely better than what it was two weeks ago when we started camp. I actually wasn’t joking about the amnesty thing two weeks ago. That’s how bad I looked. It’s been some hard work the last two weeks, but I’m still obviously not 100 percent.’’

Dallas — after all its personnel changes — is going to need him at 100 percent, and fast. They open at home Christmas Day against a Heat team that would love to spoil the banner-raising party.

  1. test2402 - Dec 22, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    Tim Tebow is always 100%

  2. xeno75 - Dec 22, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    Good thing he used the time off to rest. It will help him later on

  3. passerby23 - Dec 23, 2011 at 1:18 AM

    Not a problem. This Mavs team is 11-12 players deep, which will give Dirk plenty of rest time and give them an edge in a condensed schedule.

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