After openly discussing how great his legs felt entering training camp, it was a bit surprising to see Nowitzki miss a preseason game with a knee issue. The team is calling the injury right knee effusion, meaning an abnormal amount of fluid has surrounded the joint. Before we can talk specifics, we need to review the history of Dirk and his knees.
During the championship season of 2010-2011, Nowitzki suffered a sprained right knee during a December game against the Thunder. He would miss nine consecutive games, but the knee held up for the remainder of the season and throughout Dallas' playoff run. However, after a lockout-extended summer and a rushed training camp, the right knee flared up just one month into the season. He took time off, missing four games, as he got the swelling under control and reconditioned his body. Now the right knee is once again acting in a similar fashion, swelling and causing Nowitzki soreness. You've reached the end of our free article preview.
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