Dallas Mavericks

Nowitzki back in the starting lineup tonight

DALLAS – Dirk Nowitzki will be back in the starting lineup tonight at 6:30 when the Dallas Mavericks host the Indiana Pacers at American Airlines Center.

The 12-time All-Star missed the Mavs’ first two preseason games with a right hip contusion suffered during the Oct. 4 Blue-White scrimmage. Nowitzki was the last player to leave the Mavs’ practice court after the team’s shootaround Sunday morning and knows he needs to get some minutes with his teammates, many of them who are in their first training camp with Dallas.

"He’s done well, he’s progressed well,’’ coach Rick Carlisle said. "This has been about a week-long thing, and so we got to get him back out there.

"So we’ll play him -- I’m not sure how many minutes. But he needs to get back on the court and get back with his teammates.’’