T-Mac tweaks back; enter Novak 

January, 17, 2007
DALLAS -- Even as president of Steve Novak's fan club, I was rooting against this.

Even though I claimed Novak as my own during summer league last July -- before anyone in Clutch City, I assure you -- I never wanted to see my favorite rook getting into a game because Tracy McGrady's back seized up.

Yet that's basically what happened here Tuesday night. An evening that began so magically for T-Mac, looking a lot like McGrady did in that unforgettable 53-to-48 scoring duel Dirk Nowitzki won on this very same floor back in December 2004, ended with Houston in surrender mode.

Marc Stein | email

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