Dirk Nowitzki starts in Mavs' scrimmage

October, 13, 2012
The final score of 33-27 didn't matter so much in the Dallas Mavericks' 12-minute Blue/White scrimmage Saturday night at the AAC. It was seeing Dirk Nowitzki on the floor starting for the White team that was most important.

There is no doubt that the uncertainty regarding Nowitzki's knee and whether he needs to get it scoped before the season starts is dominating all Mavs' talk as opposed to how the new guys will fit in or what the rotation will look like when the season begins.

Rodrigue Beaubois (ankle) and O.J. Mayo, who coach Rick Carlisle revealed had cut his hand before playing in the Barcelona game, were the only two Mavs to not see time in the scrimmage. Their absence opened up an opportunity for Dominique Jones to play a prominent role and he did a great job breaking down the defense for the Blue squad and consistently getting in the lane for feeds to Brandan Wright -- who finished with an unofficial eight points.

New center Chris Kaman got several opportunities to score with touches up top, as well as on the block, and new point Darren Collison looked to push the tempo as often as possible for the White team.

Scrimmages are for fans to see and meet the new players, soak in a nice atmosphere (free of charge) and make a little noise. But for just about everybody in the building, Dirk being on the floor was what this night was ultimately about. And if he's able to hit the floor Monday night against Houston in the Mavs' first preseason home game, then you'd have to say everything about this team since it arrived back from its European jaunt has been looking up.



You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?


Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Rick Carlisle

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett at Mavericks media day to discuss his expectations for the upcoming season.

Galloway & Company: Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Mavericks' new GM Gersson Rosas and much more.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Mark Cuban talk

Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss Mark Cuban's comments from Las Vegas about the Mavericks' offseason, how he sees the team without Dwight Howard and more.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Marc Stein

Marc Stein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why the Mavericks didn't want to match Cleveland's offer to Andrew Bynum, what's next for the Mavs and the possibility of Dirk Nowitzki ending his career elsewhere.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: The Standoff

Jeff Platt fires quick-hitters at Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon in the weekly sports standoff about Andrew Bynum, the Mavs' current backcourt, a potential Nelson Cruz suspension and more.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Ramona Shelburne

ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why she thinks Andrew Bynum got a bad rap in Los Angeles and how he would fit in with the Mavericks.

Fitzsimmons and Durrett: Buy or sell

Buy, sell or hold? If Dwight Howard goes to another team, what are the Mavs' options? The guys take a look at a list of potential fallback options.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Marc Stein

ESPN's Marc Stein joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the latest news on the Mavericks' meeting with Dwight Howard.


Dirk Nowitzki
21.6 2.7 0.9 32.7
ReboundsS. Dalembert 6.8
AssistsM. Ellis 5.8
StealsM. Ellis 1.7
BlocksS. Dalembert 1.2