The next step on Dirk Nowitzki’s full road to recovery: return to the starting lineup.
And according to Rick Carlisle, via the Dallas Morning-News, he’ll do that Saturday against the New Orleans Hornets.
It’ll be Nowitzki’s first start of the season since returning from arthtroscopic right knee surgery. He’s appeared in six games for Dallas, all coming off the bench.
In those six games, the Mavs are 1-5 with Dirk averaging just 10.0 points and 4.3 rebounds in 22.2 minutes. He showed very positive signs, though, in the Mavs’ overtime loss to the Heat on Wednesday, playing 29 minutes and scoring 19 points, including a patented Dirk one-legged dagger late in the fourth.