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Dirk Nowitzki admits he is not 100 percent back. Yet.

Dirk Nowitzki

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) of Germany stands and yell from the bench during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Dallas, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. Nowitzki did not play in the 106-92 loss to the Thunder. (AP Photo/LM Otero)


Dirk Nowitzki is still shaking off the cobwebs. Or the summer parties.

He played in his first preseason game Tuesday night and was 2-for-10 shooting, playing 23 minutes and looking rusty. He had skipped the team’s first preseason contest.

After the game he admitted he’s not all the way back yet to the Star-Telegram.

“I’m fine, nothing hurts,’’ Nowitzki said. “The wind will come back, but it’s definitely better than what it was two weeks ago when we started camp. I actually wasn’t joking about the amnesty thing two weeks ago. That’s how bad I looked. It’s been some hard work the last two weeks, but I’m still obviously not 100 percent.’’

Dallas — after all its personnel changes — is going to need him at 100 percent, and fast. They open at home Christmas Day against a Heat team that would love to spoil the banner-raising party.