Dirk Nowitzki’s knee issues again holding back the Dallas Mavericks
Dirk Nowitzki’s knee issue popped up for the second time in ten months, and cast a big gloomy shadow over the game, predicting an uphill climb in the future for the Dallas Mavericks without superstar in the lineup.
The 34-year old Dirk Nowitzki started experiencing discomfort in the right knee last week. Although, Dirk Nowitzki played in the Dallas Mavericks’ preseason opener against Alba Berlin on Saturday, scoring 11 points on a 3-of-9 shooting.
"Unfortunately, the last two days it didn't respond great. There was some swelling again,” stated Dirk Nowitzki, “so I think right now in the preseason it's not the time to play on a swollen knee.”
“Hopefully it's just a reaction to running and jumping and we'll see how it,” Dirk Nowitzki added.
Dirk Nowitzki sat out four games in January last season to give time to give his troubling knee some rest and return to the game in a better form. It took over two months and a better part of in-season minicamp involving rigorous regimes for strengthening the knee to return some of Dirk Nowitzki’s former spark.
The 11-time All-Star was briefly himself again, although Dirk Nowitzki posted the lowest scoring average since his second year in NBA, with 21.6 points per game.
Usually when NBA players experience swelling in the knees (resulting from wear-and-tear issues), they undergo minor arthroscopic surgeries to deal with the inflammation. A projected recovery from such procedures usually set within few weeks.
However, players such as Dirk Nowitzki who don’t experience any structural issues treat such procedures as the last option on a long list of alternatives.
“We’ll see how it responds. But the longer we wait, obviously the worse it is,” stated Dirk Nowitzki.”
“But we’re still hopeful that this is a temporary thing,” Dirk Nowitzki later expressed with some optimism. “If we relax and rest it for a week and see how it goes, then we’ll have a better idea.’’
Meanwhile, at Tuesday’s game, Elton Brand filled in at the starting spot instead of Dirk Nowitzki. Although Dallas Mavericks’ Chris Kaman and Elton Brand initially tired to out off the FC Barcelona Regal’s dominating inside game, they soon started paving in after Ante Tomic scored 12 points and 10 rebounds. FC Barcelona Regal’s C.J Wallace had eight points and 13 rebounds, while Nathan Jawai ( a familiar face from the Dallas Mavericks’ 2009 camp) contributed 13 points and six rebounds to the game.
Overall, the FC Barcelona Regal took more rebound compared to the Dallas Mavericks, 53-46, with 14 counting as offensive.
Pete Mickeal and Juan Carlos Navarro lead the scoring for FC Barcelona Regal with 10 points each. Juan Carlos Navarro had a 4-of-8 shooting from the 3-pointer range.
Chris Kaman carried the bulk of the Dallas Mavericks’ scoring with 15 points and 10 rebounds by the end of the game.
The Dallas Mavericks leave for home Wednesday, with an open scrimmage planned ahead on Saturday. They face the Houston Rockets in a preseason game at the American Airlines Center on Monday.