Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Nowitzki is suiting up tonight

Dirk Nowitzki is on the active roster, a somewhat surprising turn of events considering the tone of this morning. Though it’s not a guarantee he’ll play, the move at least leaves the option open.

Nowitzki’s presence on the 12-man roster means a healthy player is inactive, making it more likely Nowitzki could see action. Of the three on the inactive list – Jamaal Magloire, Jerry Stackhouse and JJ Barea – Magloire and Barea are not hurt.

Nowitzki worked out again on the court less than 90 minutes before tip-off. The training staff is watching him closely and Nowitzki wouldn’t play if the risk of further injury was significant.

Avery Johnson sees tonight as a one of those step-it-up moments for his team whether Nowitzki plays or not.

“When you have challenges, then it’s a great opportunity,” Johnson said. “I think we have a great opportunity tonight with whomever we have in uniform.”

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