It’s hard to say how much effect Dirk Nowitzki’s Achilles tendon injury has had on the Mavericks. How much can a 38-year old determine an outcome, even if it’s a historic scoring machine such as “Dirk.” In game one against the Indiana Pacers, he scored 22 points in 38 minutes collecting eight rebounds. Well, it seems age has no bounds. Unfortunately, these pieces have not made a full picture.
In the next two games against the Houston Rockets in a home-at-home, Nowitzki was out because of an illness. On October 30th, it became more apparent that there also may be an Achilles tendon problem. “It’s not considered to be serious,” head coach Rick Carlisle said. “It’s just something that’s a bother right now.”
Game four, (11/02), the Mavericks took on the Utah Jazz. Nowitzki was active for 29 minutes and scored nine points with five rebounds. He only shot .286 percent (4-14) from the floor. The next game became even more apparent that Nowitzki was hurting. The Mavs would go on to lose their fifth straight and the power forward would only score five points in 16 minutes before leaving the game against Portland.
From game one through game five, he virtually went from 38 minutes played to 45 minutes in two games played. This brings his season total to 83 minutes, scoring 36 points while shooting 36 percent from the field. He also pulled down 20 rebounds.
Nowitzki now has missed the last three games but Dallas has managed to win their next two after the injury, but then ran into the Golden State Warriors buzz saw last Wednesday and lost 116-95.
Now, the news gets worse. Blastingnews.com ran an article that updated Nowitzki’s physical condition and what is ahead for the power forward.
Just two days ago, Dirk Nowitzki took the court to test his tendon and said “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 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.”
On Saturday (11/12), Dallas Mavericks beat writer Earl K. Sneed took to Twitter to update, “Dirk’s” status. “Dirk Nowitzki (right Achilles soreness) says he went through about half of today’s practice and hopes to return next week.”
It is still uncertain on when next week that Nowitzki will look to return, but at a time table of two weeks, it would be Wednesday against the Boston Celtics. That game will be on the road, so more than likely, I would guess Friday at home against the Memphis Grizzlies.