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Friday, April 20, 2012
Don't expect Dirk Nowitzki to sit

By David Stein

DALLAS -- Resting stars for the playoffs is risky business. Dirk Nowitzki knows that as well as anybody.

The last time Dirk sat out a meaningless game to rest for the playoffs was in the 2006-2007 season. He followed that up by shooting 38 percent against Golden State in a first-round exit, the worst playoff performance of his career.

While head coach Rick Carlisle plans to sit Jason Kidd at Chicago Saturday night, expect Dirk to get some work in.

"You don't have to get crazy with 40 minutes," Nowitzki said after playing 27 minutes in Friday's 104-94 win over Golden State. "Maybe 20-25 minutes. Get a rhythm going and get some shots in -- break a sweat."

A major luxury for Dirk and the Mavs is four days off between the Bulls and their regular-season finale in Atlanta. He might need it after playing what Carlisle said is the NBA's most physical defensive team in Chicago.

"I'll probably take one day completely off," Nowitzki said. "I'll probably spend the other three in the gym working the jump shot and getting ready for the playoffs."

Tonight was Nowitzki's lightest night since he left early with tightness in his back Feb. 29 against Memphis.