Nowitzki: 'I feel great' for Game 5 of NBA finals

By JAIME ARON | June 9, 2011 | 2:12 PM EDT

Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki, left, answers questions for the media after a basketball practice for Game 5 of the NBA finals against the Miami Heat, Wednesday, June 8, 2011, in Dallas. The series is tied 2-2. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

DALLAS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki's fever is gone.

The Mavericks star said "I feel great" as he took the court for a shootaround Thursday, about eight hours before Game 5 of the NBA finals. He declared himself over the worst effects of a sinus infection he played through in Game 4.

Nowitzki said these infections crop up from time to time, and it's the fever that always causes him the most trouble. He said the coughing, wheezing and sniffling, some of which were still evident Thursday, are just "something you play through."

The Mavs and Heat are tied 2-2 going into the final game in Dallas before the series returns to Miami.

Nowitzki is averaging 26.5 points this series, despite also having a torn tendon at the tip of his left middle finger.