At 7' 0", and with 15 years experience in the NBA, there can't be many things that worry Dirk Nowitzki.
But after the big German helped his Dallas Mavericks team to a road victory against the San Antonio Spurs in Game Two of their playoff series, there was one thing that had Nowitzki a little hot under the collar...
Playing Game Three back in Dallas in front of his home fans:
"I'm a little worried," Nowitzki told ESPN.com.
"I'd rather play Game three here (in San Antonio) I guess. We've got to figure it out at home. We can't relax. That's the thing."
Dirk and his Dallas team will welcome the Spurs to the American Airlines Center for the first time this series on Saturday and they are desperate to improve on their fairly inconsistent home form this campaign.
During the regular-season the Mavs finished with a 26-15 home record which compares unfavourably to their fellow Western Conference playoff rivals, with Rick Carlisle's team seeming to prosper on the road in 2013-14.
The Spurs too had an impressive road record, winning 30 of their 44 outings away from San Antonio - a fact that is hardly likely to improve Nowitzki's anxiety about playing back in Dallas.
"It's a little dangerous going home. We've been actually a decent road team all year, but at home, we haven't figured it out yet. We've lost the big (home) games over the last couple of months," he explained.
We will have to wait until Saturday evening to see if Dirk's fears are well founded, but until then we hope the German veteran relaxes a little.
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