Any time a player goes through the entire offseason without any training camp, he is going to need some time to get back into the swing of things. The Dallas Mavericks played it safe with Dirk Nowitzki, who had offseason knee surgery and missed the first quarter of the season. He came off of the bench and was limited to right around 20 minutes per game for his first six games, but on Saturday, he made his first start of the year against the New Orleans Hornets.
Nowitzki scored 20 points in both the game against the Hornets and the game two nights later against the Utah Jazz, playing 35 and 33 minutes in those games respectively.
The Mavs made for lousy NBA picks in both games though, and if they are going to turn that around over the course of the rest of the year, they’ll need Nowitzki to prove that he can play at an even higher level than this.