Dallas Mavericks: Keys to Success Without Dirk Nowitzki

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Dallas Mavericks: Keys to Success Without Dirk Nowitzki
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Dirk Nowitzki's last prolonged injury stint came last year in the heart of season play.  The Mavs limped to a pedestrian 4-7 record during that stretch, struggling mightily without their leader.

This year, the Mavs are in a similar predicament, with Dirk missing time because of a knee injury that will sideline him for at least four games.

After absorbing some early-season lumps, the Mavs are currently perched atop the Southwestern Conference.  Dallas needs other players to step up during this critical Dirk-less stretch.

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