Both J.J. Barea and Dirk Nowitzki could ramp up their physical activity this week, although both remain out indefinitely, coach Rick Carlisle said Monday morning.
Owner Mark Cuban hinted last week that Nowitzki, out for virtually the last month with a sore right Achilles, could begin practicing at some point this week. Carlisle said that’s possible, but indicated that it’s not a definite.
“He took a few days of doing very little in terms of on-court activity to let the Achilles heal up and feel better,” Carlisle said. “And he’s ramping up his activity at the beginning of the week. We certainly hope he can get back into practice. But I don’t know of any definites. There’s nothing imminent. There’s no stopwatch ticking.”
Quick Take: The Mavs are 5-18, which is the worst record in the Western conference, and close to the Sixers for worst in the league. Their defense has been bad, and their offense has been worse. Eventually getting Dirk Nowitzki and Jose Juan Barea back should obviously help, but to what extent is hard to predict. No matter what, it looks like a serious uphill battle for the Mavs this season.