Report-Card Grades for Dirk Nowitzki's Return from Injury

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Report-Card Grades for Dirk Nowitzki's Return from Injury
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Dirk Nowitzki returned back to the Dallas Mavericks from knee surgery in an embarrassing 129-91 blowout in San Antonio Sunday night.

As the Spurs were rampaging on the Mavericks, hitting seemingly every shot they took, Nowitzki was quietly making his presence felt in the limited minutes that he saw.

Sure, feeling his presence in a game in which the Mavericks lost by 38 points necessitated nothing more than a solid rebounding performance and good shot selection, but Dirk was able to do just that and put a positive impact on the game regardless.

Dirk ended this one with just eight points, but he did so on 3-of-4 shooting in his 20 minutes of action. And offensively, Dirk may have been the most effective member of the Mavericks in the loss. His defense has a bit of catching up to do, but that's the Dirk we've known for years.

Let's take a look at the game from Nowitzki's viewpoint and break it down bit-by-bit with some grades.

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