Dirk Nowitzki expects to play Friday

Updated: March 1, 2012, 4:41 PM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

MEMPHIS -- Lower back tightness forced Dallas Mavericks leading scorer Dirk Nowitzki out of Wednesday's game at Memphis, but the 7-foot forward said he plans to play Friday at New Orleans.

Nowitzki, who left the 95-86 loss to the Grizzlies 51 seconds into the second quarter, said he hurt his back after taking a jump shot during pregame warmups. He tried to play, but was clearly hobbled. He left with one point and four rebounds in less than 10 minutes of action.

After retreating to ...

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