It appears as if Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah isn’t the only NBA All-Star who may see a reduction in minutes this season as the Dallas Mavericks are hoping to give Dirk Nowitzki more time on the bench.
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Speaking at the Mavericks’ Media Day, head coach Rick Carlisle suggested that he’d like to see Dirk Nowitzki’s minutes drop a touch, perhaps to around 29 per game in effort to keep his franchise superstar healthy. The reduction in minutes won’t be significant in a game-to-game scenario though should help shave off a hefty amount come season end.
There’s really no reason for the Dallas Mavericks not to make this move as they’re as deep as they’ve ever been and Chandler Parsons can handle an extra couple minutes of playing time, picking up the slack for Dirk Nowitzki.
Assuming the Dallas Mavericks are to make noise in the NBA’s postseason they’ll not only need a healthy Dirk Nowitzki but a fresh one as well. Considering that it makes the most sense to monitor Dirk’s minutes a little closer during the regular season in effort to have a deeper playoff run.
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