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Not surprisingly, Nowitzki to come off bench again Wednesday

Dirk Nowitzki, Elton Brand

Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki (41), of Germany, and Elton Brand, walk on the court during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in San Antonio. Nowitzki made his season debut in the game. San Antonio won 129-91. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)


Dirk Nowitzki didn’t look too bad in his surprising return from the injured list on Saturday night, racking up eight points in his usual efficient manner.

What did look different is that he looked winded at points despite playing just 20 minutes.

Which means it’s not a shock he will come off the bench for his second game Wednesday, tweets Earl K. Sneed of

All this is to be expected, he didn’t get to work out full speed coming back from knee surgery and so conditioning will be an issue for a while as he rounds back into shape and gets his feel for the game back. That said, the Mavs need him and his production back sooner rather than later so look for them to push him into the starting lineup and up his minutes as fast as they can.