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Dirk Nowitzki ready to play Friday

Updated: March 2, 2012, 2:28 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

NEW ORLEANS -- Dirk Nowitzki declared himself healthy and ready to play against the New Orleans Hornets, a couple of days after the Dallas Mavericks star's lower back locked up in a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Nowitzki, who did not return to Wednesday night's game after leaving early in the second quarter, participated in the shootaround at New Orleans Arena and doesn't anticipate any physical limitations Friday night.

"I felt good this morning," Nowitzki said. "I got up ...

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