Dirk Nowitzki will be full strength tonight for Game 5 of the NBA Finals, or at least very close to it.
After battling triple-digit fever in Game 4, Nowitzki said this morning his temperature is normal and he feels far, far better than he did on Tuesday.
“I feel great, I feel great,’’ Nowitzki said before the Mavericks’ shootaround. “I got a little cough, but
that’s nothing to worry about.’’
That was great news for coach Rick Carlisle.
“He’s feeling better, which is important,’’ Carlisle said. “That’s a plus for us. We got a couple other guys that are a little banged up. But at this point, you play.’’
It still looks like Brendan Haywood will be limited, if not out, tonight because of his right hip injury.
But Shawn Marion said the calf that he got kicked in during Game 4 was feeling OK, as long as “long as I keep taking Ibuprofen.’’