Mavericks-Spurs: Dallas Loses Game, Dirk Nowitzki

Kieran HaweAnalyst IMarch 23, 2008

The NBA Western Conference playoff race is getting tight and it wont be getting much easier for the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavericks not only lost to the San Antonio Spurs last night, but their star forward Dirk Nowitzki went down with a leg injury.

In the 3rd quarter of today’s game, the reigning NBA MVP took a nasty tumble and hobbled off the court.

“I fell awkwardly and my left leg got caught underneath of me,” Nowitzki said in a statement after the game. “I am going to get re-evaluated in the morning and I hope to have more information then.”

Even though the official word has yet to be given it appears as though Nowitzki will miss at least 2 weeks.

This would usually be bad news for any team when their star player goes down, but this is even worse news for the Mavericks who are fighting to keep a playoff spot—which currently stands at 7th in the Western Conference.

The Mavericks are usually a playoff shoe-in, but not this year, as they could easily drop out of playoff contention with some losses. The Golden State Warriors (who are in 8th place) are only one game behind the Mavericks and the Denver Nuggets (who are in 9th spot and currently out of the playoffs) are only two games behind.

Oh, and one other interesting note about the Mavericks. Since that blockbuster trade to bring in Jason Kidd, the Mavericks have yet to beat a team with a winning record. That is not a good sign of things to come, especially with Dirk out.

The Spurs on the other hand have seen their fortune reverse after going on a 1-6 run. This win over the Mavericks not only put some distance between the two teams but also might give the Spurs a kick in the butt they needed to make a run.