DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki, who underwent arthroscopic right knee surgery on Oct. 19, would like to get in a couple of full contact practices before playing in his first game of the season.
So, let's take a peak at the Dallas Mavericks' schedule and try to figure out when the 11-time All-Star theorically could return to the basketball court.
1.) The Mavs host the Miami Heat on Thursday and play at the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday. So there won't be a practice on Saturday, meaning Nowitzki won't play in Sunday's game in San Antonio.
2.) The Mavs will have a full practice on Monday which Nowitzki will participate in. Then they'll be off on Christmas before having another full practice on Dec. 26. That means Nowitzki, if all goes well, could play in the Dec. 27 game at Oklahoma City.
3.) If Nowitzki isn't ready for the OKC game, then he likely won't play the next day (Dec. 28) at home against Denver, either. And since OKC and Denver are back-to-back games, the Mavs won't practice on Dec. 29, meaning Nowitzki probably won't play in the Dec. 30 home game against San Antonio.
4.) Logically, that means Nowitzki will go through another full practice on Dec. 31 and his first game of the season will be Jan. 1 in Washington against the Wizards.
-- Dwain Price
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