Dirk expected to play vs. Suns; Brand probable

Dirk Nowitzki is expected to play Wednesday night against the Suns despite a left foot/ankle injury that sidelined him for the fourth quarter of Sunday’s win in Portland.

Coach Rick Carlisle told reporters that Nowitzki, who worked on the side during Tuesday’s practice, participated in the morning shootaround.

Elton Brand could also return against the Suns after missing the last three games due to a sore right calf.

“Elton’s doing better,” Carlisle said. “We’ll see how he’s doing tonight. He’ll talk to doc a little bit before the game. I think there’s a good chance he’ll suit up and be available, but I don’t know that for sure yet.”