Dirk Nowitzki has not played a second in the fourth quarter in four of the last five games. He's averaging only 27 minutes per game, his lowest since his rookie season.
So what are we saying here? That the 36-year old who has dominated on the court for years and averaged no fewer than 31 minutes per game in any of the last 15 seasons is actually slowing down? Well, duh. Of course he is. However, he's still averaging 19.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, so he's still plenty productive. You can expect this for the majority of the regular season, but don;t be surprised to see him push himself a little harder if it means a playoff spot.
Analyst: Howard Bender View Profile