Dallas Mavericks

Mavs still don’t know if Nowitzki will play Sunday against Houston



DALLAS – A day after Dirk Nowitzki missed Friday’s game against the Houston Rockets with a stomach illness, the Dallas Mavericks still don’t know if the 13-time All-Star will be able to play in Sunday’s game against the Rockets.

Nowitzki went through some -- but not all -- of Saturday’s practice. He also was one of the last players to leave the court.

"He’s here and that’s a good sign,’’ coach Rick Carlisle said. "He’s feeling better.

"I’m hopeful that he’ll play, but I don’t know that he’ll play.’’

This was Nowitzki’s first practice session since Thursday – a day after he poured in 22 points in 38 grueling minutes during a 130-121 overtime loss at the Indian Pacers. The 19-year veteran subsequently missed Friday morning’s shootaround and Friday night’s game.

Without Nowitzki, the Mavs dropped their home opener to the Rockets, 106-98. The Mavs (0-2) and Rockets (1-1) will now battle it out for the second time in three days on Sunday night at 7 at the Toyota Center in Houston.