Dirk Nowitzki played with a 102-degree fever in the Dallas Mavericks' 86-83 NBA Finals Game 4 win over the Miami Heat on Tuesday, and it clearly affected him even though his team won. He should be much healthier by the time Game 5 rolls around on Thursday night. Nowitzki said Wednesday that his fever is gone, and while his temperature is still a bit high, he will certainly be in the lineup.
"I tried to get out of here pretty quick, go home, take a long shower and just go to bed right away," said Nowitzki, who is averaging 26.5 points in the Finals. "I had some soup and had a good meal. Just drank some fluids, drank some tea and just feel a lot better today. I still got a little high temperature, but the fever is basically gone. So that's obviously the main concern always.
"Anything else, the sniffles or the cough, you don't really care about that as long as the fever is gone. That's the main thing you worry about."
On Thursday morning, Nowitzki spoke again and said he felt "great." It sounds like he will be back to himself for Game 5.