Dallas Mavericks

Nowitzki hopes to be able to play road games in New York and Boston

Star-Telegram

DALLAS – There are a lot of arenas Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki loves to play in.

Two of them that he flat-out loves to play in include New York’s Madison Square Garden and Boston’s TD Garden.

That’s why when the Mavs ht the road to play the New York Knicks on Monday and the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, Nowitzki will do all he can to be healthy and in uniform for those two games.

Why?

"Maybe the history, the history of the franchises, the history in the buildings, the battles I’ve had over the years,’’ Nowitzki said after Saturday’s practice. "I don’t know -- maybe a little bit of everything.’’

Whatever it is, Nowitzki dials his game up a notch or two when playing in New York and Boston.

"Those are two of the best fan bases there are in the league,’’ he said. "No matter if they’re good or bad, they’re there, their arenas are always full, both are great sports towns, as we know.

"So it’s just always a buzz in the stadium in the arena when you play there. Like I said, I’d love to be out there.’’

Nowitzki has missed the past three games with soreness in his right Achilles. He went through part of Saturday’s practice and coach Rick Carlisle said he’ll be a game-time decision for the contest against the Knicks.

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