Dirk Nowitzki Dunks For The First Time All Season And Injures Himself

Bryan Brandom
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Despite his 39-plus years stalking the planet, Dirk Nowitzki continues to own.

In his 25 minutes per game, the German big man is averaging an efficient 12.3 points and 5.6 rebounds (17.8 and 8.8 per 36 minutes). And he can still make the reigning Defensive Player of the Year look straight-up silly.

All that, and he hasn’t yet missed a game in the 2017-18 campaign.

But he’ll miss his first on Sunday night against the Houston Rockets, and that might have a lot to do with his finally dunking in a contest for the first time all season.

In the midst of dropping a season-high 22 points in the Dallas Mavericks‘ 107-91 defeat at the hands of the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night, Dirk caught a feed from Kyle Collinsworth and barely managed to creep the ball over the hoop and in, aided greatly by the length of his fingertips.

Dirk had a laugh about the play after the loss.

He says it felt good.

But he couldn’t have felt that good, because he’s missing Sunday’s game with an ankle effusion, an injury often caused by trauma to the joint.

Maybe stick to pump fakes and fadeaways from here on out.