Apparently, being roundly abused by Chris Andersen isn’t the only thing weighing heavily on the mind of the Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki. From the Dallas Morning News’ Tim MacMahon.

“It’s pretty obvious that I’m going through a tough time in my personal life right now,” Dirk said this morning after practice. “Like I always have, I want to kind of keep my private life private. I really am not at the stage where I can talk about it yet and feel comfortable talking about it. I’m more than happy to answer basketball questions, but I think at this point, I just can’t talk about it.”

For the next seven minutes, Dirk answered questions about the series against Denver. He downplayed concerns about whether the drama in his personal life would be a distraction.

“I’m a warrior,” Dirk said. “I’ll be ready to play.”

Dirk’s session with the media horde ended abruptly when WFAA Ch. 8’s Brett Shipp attempted to ask about claims by Cristal Taylor, the 37-year-old woman arrested, that she is engaged to Dirk and pregnant with his child.

“I’m not commenting on that,” Dirk said repeatedly.