The Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki isn’t quite at full health, but at the team’s morning shootaround on Thursday, it was clear that he was close--and certainly a lot better than he was during the Mavs’ Game 4 victory on Tuesday night.
Nowitzki spent that game battling a 101-degree fever, and at times, it showed. The All-Star had a hard time getting his breath during timeouts, and struggled somewhat from the field, going 6-for-19, but still posting a team-high 21 points.
"I feel great, I feel great,'' Nowitzki said prior to the Mavericks' shootaround this morning, per the Dallas Morning News. "I got a little cough, but that's nothing to worry about.''
Naturally, this is good news for the Mavericks.
"He's feeling better, which is important,'' head coach Rick Carlisle said. "That's a plus for us. We got a couple other guys that are a little banged up. But at this point, you play.''
After the series-tying victory on Thursday, Nowitzki headed home to a meal of chicken soup and hot tea. After catching up on some lost sleep, he headed to Wednesday’s shootaround, where he took it easy--but told reporters that he planned on returning later in the day to get some more work in.
Apparently, the plan worked, as Dirk seems ready to go.