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Reports: Dirk Nowitzki (knee) to sit next 4 games

Posted on: January 21, 2012 7:12 pm
Edited on: January 22, 2012 1:28 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliver dirk-nowitzki

The Dirkus Circus will be on a brief hiatus.

Dallas Mavericks All-Star forward Dirk Nowitzki will reportedly be out of action for at least a week.

Mavs.com and the Star-Telegram reported that Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle told reporters that Nowitzki will sit out "at least four games" to nurse a "sore right knee."

The Associated Press adds that the week off might be as much about conditioning as it is about the knee.
“We just thought it was a good decision for everybody. I’m not happy right now anyways, so the guys are better off when I’m not out there,’’ Nowitzki said. “This gives me time to really do some of the stuff that I couldn’t do when my knee was bothering me the last couple weeks. I couldn’t lift and run and do the things I needed to do.’’

Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said he and the Mavericks’ training staff decided Nowitzki needed “an uninterrupted eight days of work to resolve some physical issues and conditioning issues,’’ adding that Nowitzki had “no choice’’ in the matter.
The Mavericks are scheduled to play at the New Orleans Hornets on Saturday before beginning a 4-game homestand that will include games against the Phoenix Suns on Monday, the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, the Utah Jazz on Friday and the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday. If Nowitzki is to miss four games, he would return for that Sunday match-up between the two Texas powers.

Nowitzki, 33, has been one of the NBA's most durable players for more than a decade, playing in at least 80 games in six of the past 12 years and missing more than six games in a season just once since 1999-2000. That was last season, though, when Nowitzki's sat out nine games in the middle of the season with a knee injury. Of course, he rebounded to help lead the Mavericks to the 2011 NBA championship.

This year, Nowitzki's numbers are off across the board. He's averaging 17.5 points -- his fewest in more than a decade -- and he's grabbing just 5.4 rebounds per game and shooting just 45.6 percent from the field, his lowest marks since his rookie year.

Nowitzki told the Dallas Morning News this week that his right knee was "stiff" and that he "can't really move the way I want to." He has also admitted to taking an extended time away from basketball following the 2011 EuroBasket tournament.

The Mavericks enter Saturday night with a record of 9-7.
Comments

Since: Jan 15, 2012
Posted on: January 22, 2012 1:04 am
 

Reports: Dirk Nowitzki (knee) to sit next 4 games

You never wan to see your star player miss games, but you would rather see him miss a couple now in January then right before the playoffs epecially if the mavs were in the same position fighting for 8th spot then. 
The only positive, other than Dirk getting healthy, that can come out of this is that Odom wakes up with the added playing time and starts to play like he can.  



Since: Jun 16, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:11 pm
 

Reports: Dirk Nowitzki (knee) to sit next 4 games

His washed up, overrated and needs to retire already. My Heat gave him his ring because they knew the end was near for him
Sounds like another little heat fan having a cry that this so called "washed up" player won a ring before lebron.. Spare us the bull**** mate.



Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: January 21, 2012 8:26 pm
 

Reports: Dirk Nowitzki (knee) to sit next 4 games

Father time catching up?



Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: January 21, 2012 8:04 pm
 

Reports: Dirk Nowitzki (knee) to sit next 4 games

SORRY YA'ALL HAD TO SEND IT  TWICE AS MIAMI FANS USUALLY DO NOT GET IT THE FIRST TIME AROUND



Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: January 21, 2012 8:02 pm
 

Reports: Dirk Nowitzki (knee) to sit next 4 games

YEAH,that washed up .clumsy german gave the "KING'and his court of overpriced,overrated bufoons more that they could handle.There is only one player in Miami with what your locals call COJONES,and that is MR WADE,without him the HEAT  are not even LUKEWARM!!!



Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: January 21, 2012 7:58 pm
 

Reports: Dirk Nowitzki (knee) to sit next 4 games

Yeah,that washed up ,clumsy German gave the "King" and his court of overpriced basketball Divas more that they could handle.There is only one basketball player in Miami with what the locals there call  COJONES,and  that is Wade,without him the Heat is not even LUKEWARM!



Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: January 21, 2012 7:39 pm
 

Reports: Dirk Nowitzki (knee) to sit next 4 games

His washed up, overrated and needs to retire already. My Heat gave him his ring because they knew the end was near for him


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