Dirk Nowitzki sprained his left ankle after stepping on another player's foot late on Wednesday, but was able to return and finish with 13 points, four rebounds and three 3-pointers on 4-of-12 shooting in 28 minutes.
The Scoop:The ankle sprain didn't look good in replays and there's a good chance it will swell up overnight. We've seen Dirk play through these types of injuries in the past, but owners should certainly be on the lookout for news over the next few days. The Mavs next play the struggling Lakers on Friday, and there's a decent chance he could miss that game.
When Kansas product Paul Pierce fell all the way to tenth in the 1998 NBA draft, many people (including those that worked with the Boston Celtics, the team that drafted him) were shocked. Once the shock wore off, and NBA observers moved on to peg Pierce as the top Rookie of the Year candidate, people began to understand why. Top selection Michael Olowokandi felt like the NBA’s next great center, standout Arizona guard Mike Bibby appeared to come straight out of central casting for the Vancouver Grizzlies, and each of the other top ten picks seemed to have great arguments for going wherever they ended up. Even Robert Traylor. Even Dirk Nowitzki, the draft’s great unorthodox unknown, had significant hype in the weeks leading up to the draft. What we’re saying is that it made sense at the time. And if a 20-year old Paul Pierce, coming off of an All-American year, decided to declare for the 2015 NBA draft? Where would he go? Top overall? According to Pierce, he may not have been selected at all. From an interview on the Dan Patrick Show: For those that cannot play the video: I probably wouldn't have got drafted. A lot of stuff is based on potential, so I probably would have gone later in the first round or something. This draft class was definitely supposed to be one of the great draft classes of this era and as you see, I really don't see nobody in this class really standing out so far, even though it's only been 10 games. Paul Pierce is 37 years old and currently shooting 34 percent from the field. Even with that in place, a 37-year old Paul Pierce (as opposed to the 20-something from 1998) would be drafted. Even knowing that he only had a year or two left. Paul was mostly joking, but his take is reasonable. Even in comparison to the sorts of swingmen he was compared with back in 1988 – Vince Carter, Antawn Jamison, Larry Hughes, Michael Dickerson, Larry Hughes and Corey Benjamin – he was seen as lacking in athleticism. Everyone agreed that Pierce was going to be a standout scorer as a pro, but each of the drafters behind the previous nine picks just wanted to be the one that selected a talent that eventually turned into something more than a standout. Only one, as Dallas worked its way toward a trade for Dirk Nowitzki, was successful in that regard. Pierce doesn’t come off as a cranky old man in the interview with Patrick, and he’s not wrong in his assertion that drafting is a different science in 2014: I think a lot of these young, talented kids are just rated on their pure, like, length and athleticism. But really no basketball IQ, no footwork, really can't shoot the ball. This is what happens when you draft players just a year removed from high school. It’s not Andrew Wiggins’ fault that he remains a raw talent – the guy had just 35 college games under his belt when he was made the top overall pick. Even the most fundamentally-pure basketball players of note are going to be pretty raw after 35 NCAA games (and the limited practice time that goes along with those contests), so NBA general managers have to adapt accordingly and focus on things like length and leaping ability. It may not be the best for the fans, followers that have to wait out their team’s top prospect as they play through what would have been a sophomore year in college, but it’s best for the players – and that’s just fine. The youngsters get better coaching at the pro level, and they’re allowed to fully dedicate themselves to a job that they actually get paid for. And as for the question as to whether or not Paul Pierce would be drafted in a modern draft, well … yeah, he would. As it was in 1998, he shouldn’t drop any farther than second overall. ( Thanks to Blake Murphy at the Score for the transcription .) - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops
Dirk Nowitzki scored an easy 21 points in 20 minutes against the 76ers on Thursday with three rebounds, four assists and one turnover.
The Scoop:Yeah, the 76ers aren't exactly the Steel Curtain of NBA defenses. Regardless, Nowitzki is rolling with a higher usage rate and improved effective field goal percentage thanks to being covered on less shots.
By Simon Evans (Reuters) - German-born Dirk Nowitzki's journey to become the National Basketball Association's highest scoring non-American player was anything but traditional but the Dallas Mavericks forward still calls it an "amazing ride." Nowitzki surpassed Nigerian Hakeem Olajuwon and moved into ninth place on the NBA's all-time scoring list on Tuesday when he drained a mid-range jumper during the fourth quarter of a come-from-behind win over visiting Sacramento. ...
Nowitzki is now the highest-scoring NBA player born outside the United States.
The Scoop:The Dallas star finished with 23 points in Tuesday's game against Sacramento, passing Hakeem Olajuwon for ninth place on the all-time scoring list. The 36-year-old Nowitzki, in his 17th season with the Mavericks, is second among active players behind Kobe Bryant.
Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki became the highest-scoring international-born player in NBA history Tuesday, passing Hakeem Olajuwon for ninth place overall on the all-time list. Germany's Nowitzki finished with 23 points as he helped the Mavericks erase a 24-point deficit en route to a 106-98 win over the Sacramento Kings. Nowitzki came into Tuesday's contest needing 17 points to pass Olajuwon, who finished his brilliant career with 26,946 points.
(Reuters) - Dirk Nowitzki became the highest-scoring non-U.S. born player in the National Basketball Association on Tuesday, passing Hakeem Olajuwon with a 23-point performance as the Dallas Mavericks beat the Sacramento Kings 106-98. The 7-foot (2.13 meter) German finished the game with 26,953 career points, also moving to ninth on the NBA's all-time scoring list. Nigeria-born Olajuwon compiled 26,946 points over an 18-year career. Nowitzki's performance came as the Mavericks rallied from a 24-point deficit to beat the Kings. ...
The Scoop: None.
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News (various sources)
Mavericks cruise past Hornets 107-80 (The Associated Press) (3 Days Ago | courtesy: The Associated Press) CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Dirk Nowitzki takes a lot of pride in his most recent milestone. More...