8:15 PM EDT, Thu April 17, 2014

Fantasy Update

20 hours ago
Dirk Nowitzki scored 30 points against the Grizzlies on Wednesday with five boards, two assists and three 3-pointers in 46 minutes.
Miami Herald 2 hours ago
Can Spurs get back at Heat? Can they survive West?

Can Spurs get back at Heat? Can they survive West?

To get another shot at LeBron James, the San Antonio Spurs may have to go through Dirk Nowitzki, then Dwight Howard and James Harden, and finally Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

Nowitzki and his bruised knee are fine

MEMPHIS -- That extra day off until the start of their first-round playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs couldn't come at a better time for Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki. The 12-time All-Star bruised his right knee in the...

Dirk Nowitzki: Spurs definitely the favorite in first-round series

The Dallas Mavericks will huge underdogs against the San Antonio Spurs, who earned the best record in the NBA and will bring their No. 1 seed against the eighth-seeded Mavericks. “We’ll just let it all hang out,” Dirk Nowitzki said. …

With bruised knee and big minutes, Dirk needs extra day of rest

MEMPHIS – Here’s a little positive spin about the Dallas Mavericks ending up with the eighth seed: It gets them an extra day of rest before the playoffs. Dirk Nowitzki especially needs it. The Mavs’ 35-year-old star played a season-high 46 minutes in Wednesday’s 106-105 overtime loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, a rugged game that decided the order of the West’s last two playoff seeds. Nowitzki played every second of the fourth quarter and overtime despite bruising his right knee in the first half when he banged it against Memphis center Marc Gasol’s bulky knee brace.
Mavs Moneyball 20 hours ago
Final score: Dallas loses heartbreaker to Memphis in OT, 106-105

Final score: Dallas loses heartbreaker to Memphis in OT, 106-105

Despite 30 from Dirk and a huge clutch three from Monta Ellis in regulation, the Mavericks fell short in Memphis. The Dallas Mavericks are in the playoffs. That's the good news. The bad news is that in the regular season's final night the Mavericks have relinquished the 7th seed in the Western Conference to the Memphis Grizzlies, who beat Dallas in overtime thanks to a pair of Mike Conley free throws with 1.1 seconds left. Dirk Nowitzki had 30 points, and hit a big three pointer in overtime that put 105-102 with 46 seconds left. This came after Monta Elis hit a huge clutch three of...
Rotoworld 20 hours ago

Dirk Nowitzki's 30 not enough, DAL gets SA - Dirk Nowitzki (F) Dallas Mavericks

Dirk Nowitzki scored 30 points against the Grizzlies on Wednesday with five boards, two assists and three 3-pointers in 46 minutes.

Mavs Mailbag: Best player in team history not named Dirk?

We couldn’t ask for much better drama from a rebuilding Mavericks season. Every game will matter with the regular-season finale deciding whether the Mavericks or Memphis Grizzlies get the unenviable task of opening the playoffs in San Antonio. Frustrating as the Mavs’ inability to hold leads might be, this is a fun team to watch. It’s one of the best offensive teams in basketball, featuring a historically elite shooter in Dirk Nowitzki, one of the league’s most relentless paint attackers in Monta Ellis and some beautiful ball movement in coach Rick Carlisle’s flow system.

Dirk on Durant copying him: 'Not sure he needs it'

DALLAS – If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, a four-time scoring champion copying your unique training program is about as high a compliment as can be offered to an NBA player. That’s the case with Kevin Durant following in the one-legged footsteps of Dirk Nowitzki, as reported in great detail by ESPN.com’s Marc Stein. Durant, the MVP favorite whose Oklahoma City Thunder might face Nowitzki’s Dallas Mavericks in the first round, has gone so far as to hire a Holger Geschwindner pupil to put him through workouts similar to those that helped Dirk develop from a skinny kid...

Nowitzki went through full practice session Monday

DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki went through the Dallas Mavericks' full practice session Monday and showed no signs of pain after he turned his left ankle late in Saturday's 101-98 win over the Phoenix Suns. Nowitzki left the game with 2:49...

Dirk Nowitzki set to bump playing time up in the playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks extended Dirk Nowitzki’s minutes Saturday against Phoenix, a rarity in this long season in which he has played in all but two games. Nowitzki played a shade over 39 minutes, a number he’s exceeded only twice this season. …

Dirk's workload will increase in playoffs

DALLAS – Over the last few weeks, Dirk Nowitzki has had five of his six highest-minutes games of the season. That will be a trend that continues into the playoffs. “It’s probable that his minutes will be extended from 32 and change regular season up into the mid-to-upper 30s at times in the playoffs,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “You’re not playing back-to-backs, and you got national TV games with long timeouts, so there are things that can mitigate that.

Dirk Nowitzki not concerned about ankle tweak

Dirk Nowitzki said his left ankle will be no worse for the wear after he turned it late in Saturday’s 101-98 victory over Phoenix. The big man was having a stellar second half, but appeared to roll the ankle on …

Nowitzki wasn't going to let the Mavs lose

DALLAS – After analyzing the importance of Saturday’s game against the Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki had a brief conversation with coach Rick Carlisle concerning strategy. “He told me before the game this morning that he was ready...

Mavericks clinch playoff spot with 101-98 win over Phoenix

Ellis and Nowitzki combine for 60 points to help send Dallas to the postseason.

Nowitzki not concerned about sprained ankle

DALLAS – With the Dallas Mavericks’ season on the line, Dirk Nowitzki didn’t have time to deal with this ankle sprain. With a little less than three minutes remaining, Nowitzki rolled his left ankle when Phoenix guard Gerald Green stepped on it. Nowitzki hobbled around for the rest of the possession and checked out of the game with 2:49 remaining. He missed one possession and checked back in the game 19 seconds later after limping around the Mavs’ bench area.

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