DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki suffered a couple of bruises to his right shooting arm in the first half of Monday's 107-88 win over the Orlando Magic.
But the Dallas Mavericks' 11-time All-Star forward said it's nothing serious and will not keep him out of Wednesday's road game against the Los Angeles Clippers.
"I bruised my triceps first and then I hit my forearm, so it was a double bruise going on, so I couldn't really shoot in the second half,'' Nowitzki said. "But I was out there trying to help and it was enough to win.
"But I'm just glad we didn't really need me there in the fourth quarter anymore. I'll get some rest tomorrow and be ready for Wednesday.''
Nowitzki, who became the 24th player in NBA history Wednesday to convert at least 1,400 career three-pointers, doesn't expect the injury to hinder his progress going forward.
"It's a bruise,'' he said. "We've got 48 hours until the next game and I'll be ready to roll.''
Coach Rick Carlisle also didn't seem worried about Nowitzki's injury.
"I think he got elbowed on the forearm and it may have hit a nerve,'' Carlisle said. "He may have had a zinger.
"They messed around with it and stretched it out.''
One game after tallying a season-high 40 points Saturday against New Orleans, Nowitzki made 3-of-3 shots and scored 10 points in the first half Monday. But he was only 1-of-7 from the field with five points in the second half.
However, his lone second-half basket -- a three-pointer -- gave the Mavs an 84-64 lead late in the third quarter.
"I shot an airball right away coming out of the half,'' Nowitzki said. "I didn't really have a good feeling on pushing through it, so I was just hoisting a couple out there.
"A couple of them were way short. But that three-ball went in, so that was alright.''
-- Dwain Price
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