DALLAS – Add Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki to the list of fans and players who believe playing back-to-back games are not very good for the NBA game, big picture-wise.
"Honestly, I never was a big fan of back-to-backs even when I was 20 years old,’’ Nowitzki said after Wednesday’s practice at American Airlines Center. "I think you should never have to play at the highest level there is two consecutive nights and flying in between.
"You obviously make it work, and we have the best athletes in the world, we feel. But I think it hurts the product some.’’
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Nowitzki believes fatigue sets in on players during the second game of back-to-backs and gives an automatic advantage to the fresher team.
"Last year you could look it up, some teams would get here on the fourth game in five nights and we’ve been sitting here on rest and you just blow them out,’’ Nowitzki said. "I don’t think it’s good for the product.
"But I also understand that 82 games is where it’s at and it’s a business and everybody’s got to live with it.’’