BASKETBALL — 16 October 2012

Dirk Nowitzki is crossing his fingers hoping that he will not have to undergo surgery to his problematic right knee.

He has been experiencing swelling in the knee this month and has already had fluid drained from it twice this month. He sat out of the Dallas Mavericks Monday night preseason game against the Houston Rockets.

Nowitzki said that if his knee does not show signs of improvement over the next few days, he might have no choice other than to have surgery. Should he undergo the knife, he will likely be sidelined into the regular season.

“I guess that it’s obvious that I don’t want (surgery) done,” Nowitzki said. “If it’s going to keep swelling up on me, that’s not a way to go through an 82-game season and hopefully a long playoff run.”

“It makes no sense to play in the preseason on a swollen knee,” Nowitzki said. “So we’ll see what’s going to happen in the next couple of days.”

For now, Nowitzki will be sticking to the pool and the elliptical and will avoid practice and scrimmage.

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