Dirk gamely tried to give it a go to start the third quarter, but was obviously favoring the left ankle and left for the locker room after about a minute. Team trainer Casey Smith said Dirk won't return. Austin Croshere checked at the 10:56 mark of the quarter. Dirk, a notoriously quick healer, likely resumes his quest for 15,000 against New York on Friday. He finished with 17 points in 15 minutes against the Bucks.