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News » Dallas Mavericks Notes, Quotes 2008-04-04

Dallas Mavericks Notes, Quotes 2008-04-04

Dallas Mavericks Notes, Quotes 2008-04-04
--In a stunning turn, F Dirk Nowitzki started Wednesday night against the Warriors at American Airlines Center. He participated in the morning shootaround and all indications were that the reigning MVP wasn't physically ready to return. Nowitzki had missed the previous four games with a high left ankle/knee sprain suffered against San Antonio on March 23.

The knee is fine, but the ankle remained in a custom-made brace. Soreness remains and sharp movements, such as stop and starts, changes in direction and pushing off that ankle, are troublesome.

"I've got to be pain-free," Nowitzki said. "If I can't move out there, try to defend and move my feet, then it really doesn't make any sense to be out there just hobbling around. It won't help anybody. I'd rather have somebody else out there that can go and give 100 percent."

Nowitzki didn't have to be at 100 percent to get back. He can function at 85-90 percent and must have got there.

"If I wait until I'm 100 percent, I think the regular season is going to be over," he said.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I'm only 29. After this year, I still have a three-year contract here that I would love to play on a high level, so we're looking a little ahead, too." -- F Dirk Nowitzki on balancing playing now against his long-term health.

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