Tuesday , Apr , 01 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Dirk Nowitzki Could Be Back Tomorrow

Avery Johnson won’t have a good idea until today, and he won’t know for sure until shortly before game time on Wednesday, but it seems that Dirk Nowitzki is close to returning to the lineup.

Nowitzki was injured on March 23 when he blocked a shot against the San Antonio Spurs and landed roughly on his left foot. The ankle rolled, the leg gave and Nowitzki was out of the lineup with a high ankle sprain and mild knee sprain.

The Mavericks defeated the Clippers at home without Nowitzki, then lost subsequent games at Denver and Golden State. They played the Clippers in a late game here Monday night.

The Mavericks were scheduled to fly back to Dallas after the game and Johnson said again that he would take a group of reserves for a light workout with Nowitzki today. [Star-Telegram]