08:06 AM ET 04.08 | Over the course of his long NBA career, Dirk Nowitzki has become no stranger to twisted and sprained ankles. But what happened Sunday night in Portland was different. He said he came down funny after jumping for a rebound in the second quarter. The ankle stiffened up at halftime, when he had it re-taped. He was ineffective in the third quarter, then sat out the entire fourth quarter. ... "I said I'm going to sit this one out and the boys will bring it home. It was a lot closer than we hoped [96-91], but we got it done." Nowitzki said he "definitely" will play Wednesday. "I could probably play tomorrow," he said. "I'll get some of those good meds. I'll be fine. We only got five games left."