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Friday, December 28, 2012
Buzz: Dirk Nowitzki makes home debut

By Richard Durrett

DALLAS -- When Dirk Nowitzki makes his home debut tonight, it will be off the bench.

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said Nowitzki won't start, but that he'll try to continue to ramp up his minutes.

Nowitzki returned to the lineup following rehab from knee surgery last Sunday in San Antonio. But the Mavericks haven't played at home since then, making tonight's game with the Denver Nuggets his first at American Airlines Center this season.

Nowitzki has averaged 8.5 points and six rebounds in his two games played.

Other notes:

* Carlisle said he watched the film of Thursday's game with O.J. Mayo on the plane ride home from Oklahoma City. He made it a point to mention that Mayo is doing some good things and that his errors are correctable.

"He's doing a lot of good things," Carlisle said. "Even though he wasn't scoring the ball much in the first half, his location on the court and the fact that people are playing him so close opens up space for other people. He's moving well. A lot of it is about keeping it simple. It's correctable stuff. We have to keep working on it."

Mayo has struggled the last four games, scoring just 29 points in those games with 18 turnovers.

* Carlisle said that Darren Collison didn't sulk when Derek Fisher was signed. Instead, he was working hard, watching more film and doing what he needed to do to try to get better.

"When we got Fisher, he decided it wasn't going to be a thing where he was going to fade into the abyss," Carlisle said. "He worked harder. That work bore fruit in a game like last night."

Collison scored 32 points in the overtime loss to Oklahoma City on Thursday.