Dirk Nowitzki has been ruled out of tonight’s grudge
match against the San Antonio Spurs, the Mavericks said after shootaround this
Nowitzki suffered a sprained right knee on Monday at
Oklahoma City and sat out Tuesday’s home loss to Toronto.
The superstar’s recuperative powers have bordered on
legendary in the past as he has rarely missed more than a game or two after his
assorted ankle twists and sprains. But the Mavericks obviously are proceeding
cautiously with the knee, wanting to make sure there is no danger of re-injury.
That means the Mavericks will face the team with the
NBA’s best record (27-4) without their best player. Shawn Marion likely
will start again in Nowitzki’s place.