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3 Reasons the Dallas Mavericks Will Have an Uphill Battle Without Dirk Nowitzki
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The Dallas Mavericks are 3-1 early on in the season, but they will certainly miss Dirk Nowitzki as time goes on.

For the Dallas Mavericks, there is no doubt that Dirk Nowitzki is an invaluable commodity. Considering his talent and ability, the Mavericks were disappointed to find out that their 7" scoring machine would be unavailable for at least the first few weeks following offseason knee surgery.

Surprisingly, however, the Mavs have looked solid without him. After a shocking upset opening night against the Los Angeles Lakers, the Dirk-less Dallas Mavericks are quietly 3-1 and have beat their last two opponents by double digit margins. They are also a game behind the San Antonio Spurs for the lead in the Southwest Division.  

Sure, in the short term, the Mavs can get away with not having Dirk in the line-up, but, as time goes on, there is no doubt the Mavs will miss having their ultra-talented German sharpshooter on the floor.

Here are three reasons why the Mavericks will have a tough test ahead of them in Dirk's absence.

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