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Shocker: Dirk Nowitzki makes his return against Spurs

Dec 23, 2012, 7:11 PM EDT

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Wow. It was hard to see this one coming. Dirk Nowitzki has been sidelined all year after undergoing knee surgery roughly two months ago, but he’s active tonight against the San Antonio Spurs.

Nowitzki put in his first full practice on Wednesday, and apparently the knee is feeling well enough to test it in his first game action of the season. Here’s Earl K. Sneed with the report:

Although it sounds like Nowitzki’s minutes and role will be heavily limited, it’s a huge boon to a Mavericks team that has been holding on for dear life without their star forward. The Mavericks enter the matchup with the Spurs only three games below .500 — a pretty big accomplishment considering the lack of scorers beyond O.J. Mayo on the roster.

If he’s right, Nowitzki is absolutely talented enough to change the landscape in the Western Conference and have the Mavs really compete for a playoff spot. Although he’s getting up there in age and his knees are a concern, Nowitzki’s game has never been reliant on speed or jumping ability whatsoever. It’s very well possible Nowitzki eventually returns to his All-Star level of play, but the Mavericks will wisely take it slow with their franchise player.

Merry Christmas, Mavericks fans. Dirk is back.

  1. kavika6 - Dec 24, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    Worst loss of the year for the Mavs. Way to go Dirk!

    • manchestermiracle - Dec 24, 2012 at 1:19 AM

      Yeah, the team appeared to think having him back meant they could relax. Oops. Of course, it wasn’t like they were facing an easy team in the Spurs.

  2. redstar504 - Dec 24, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    Hopefully us folks here in New Orleans get a Christmas present as well and Eric Gordon will show.

    Even if it didn’t work out for them tonight any time you can get a guy back that has an almost impossible to stop stroke is a huge boom for the Mavs. He absolutely has the ability to put them back in the mix not only for the points but also for the spacing he can provide on the floor. His presence alone even at half speed is going to open up looks for his teammates.

    He is back at the right time too because things don’t really heat up until after Christmas anyway.

  3. kavika6 - Dec 25, 2012 at 3:49 AM

    Dirk probably wishes he would have waited one more game.

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