Last night ESPN’s Marc Stein reported Dirk Nowitzki is back on the court, just about one week after head coach Rick Carlisle said the superstar would be out “for a while” and shut down for one week, at least.
“It’s definitely better, but I really haven’t done much yet,” Nowitzki told ESPN.com. “Today was good, but we didn’t go anything close to full speed. Just started moving on the court a bit.
“We don’t want to rush anything and go back to where we were last week. So if I feel anything this weekend, they’re going to ease off again. Obviously I want to play in the Garden on Monday (against the Knicks) and I want to play in Boston (on Wednesday) — two of my favorite road spots. But I just don’t know at this point if it’s going to happen.”
New York and Boston are two of Nowitzki’s favorite places to play on the NBA circuit, so it makes sense that he’d push himself to be available for those two games. However, the 38-year-old is staying rightfully patient. While his teammates were on the West Coast earlier this week for a back-to-back against the Lakers and Warriors, Stein reported Nowitzki stayed home with his personal German physiotherapist, Jens Joppich, to rehab his sore Achilles, which Stein characterized as a strain.