DALLAS -- For the first time since 1993, the Dallas Mavericks will not have any representation in the NBA All-Star game.
Part of that is because Dirk Nowitzki, who made the All-Star team the past 11 years, missed the first 27 games this season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.
The good news is that all of the Mavs will be able to receive the same amount of rest during the Feb. 15-17 All-Star break.
"It's unusual that there's no (All-Star Weekend) representation,'' coach Rick Carslisle said after this morning's shoot around at American Airlines Center. "But with Dirk's health situation, that threw us out of whack with all that stuff.
"It's OK. Whatever the situation is, we'll make the best of it.''
With the way he solidly played in preseason, a lot of folks thought forward Jae Crowder was a shoo-in to make the rookie game. Crowder's numbers, however, declined significantly once the regular season started.
"It wasn't meant to be, I guess,'' Crowder said of not making the rookie game. "It's cool. I wanted to.
"I tried to, but those guys who are in that rookie game are deserving.''
The All-Star game is Feb. 17 at the Toyota Center in Houston.
-- Dwain Price
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