After missing the last two games with a stomach illness, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki plans to play in Wednesday’s game in Utah.
Tip-off is at 8 p.m. CDT.
Nowitzki scored 22 points in the Mavericks’ season-opener at Indiana, but missed Friday’s home opener against the Houston Rockets and Sunday’s road game against those same Rockets when he couldn’t shake his stomach illness.
Nowitzki went through the entire practice on Tuesday and noted -- barring any unforeseen hiccups -- that he plans on being on the court for Wednesday’s game against the Jazz.
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"I feel better,’’ Nowitzki said. "It’s been obviously a rough few days.
"I thought it actually was just a 24-hour thing. I came in on Saturday and actually got a little sweat, and then on Sunday I felt bad again.’’
Guards Wesley Matthews (foot) and J. J. Barea (knee) missed Tuesday’s practice, but also are expected to play against the Jazz.
A stickler for not wanting to miss games, Nowitzki also missed the Mavericks’ Halloween party on Monday. The 38-year old, 19-year veteran had planned on going as an old man – with a cane – but couldn’t justify attending the event after missing the previous two games.
"The guys are already joking in the locker room that I’m only playing once a week from now on for the rest of the year,’’ Nowitzki said, while laughing. "My goal is to always to be out there and I wanted to be out there for the home opener, and the same in Houston, seeing I could have helped with a few things.
"It’s just frustrating not to go out thee. So hopefully I’m going tomorrow.’’
So what triggered Nowitzki’s illness?
"The (two) kids have been sick,’’ Nowitzki said. "You know how it is when you have little ones.
"So I guess it's just a little stomach virus that they had that I got.’’
The Mavericks (0-3) hope Nowitzki’s illness is totally behind him.
"He’s doing better,’’ coach Rick Carlisle said. "He went through practice today.
"We didn’t do a lot of contact stuff, but he went through what we did. He’s feeling better, so hopefully tomorrow he’ll be ready to play, but we’ll have to see tomorrow.’’