Dirk Nowitzki to return to court for Dallas Friday vs. Clippers

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Quietly, the Dallas Mavericks have started to get healthy and play better — they are 4-4 in their last eight games after beating Portland on the road Wednesday. Deron Williams is healthy, Harrison Barnes continues to take steps forward…

And now they get Dirk Nowitzki back.

After missing 14 games with a sore Achilles, the Hall of Fame-bound German will play Friday night in Los Angeles.

Dallas’ offense has been the team’s weakness (despite the better-than-expected play of Barnes) and the return of Nowitzki will help that. Heck, just the threat of Nowitzki’s shooting on the court will opening things up for Dallas.

at 8-21 this season, the Mavs have dug too big a hole to make the playoffs. But they are evolving into a tougher team to beat on a nightly basis, which sucks for their opponents. Starting with the Clippers, who will without Blake Griffin for sure and likely Chris Paul for this game.