Dallas Mavericks star power forward Dirk Nowitzki has been held out of action due to an adductor injury.
Marc. J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports first reported via Twitter:
Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpearsESPN
Mavs forward Dirk Nowitzki out with a right adductor strain.2/1/2013, 2:34:05 AM
UPDATE: Monday, Feb. 4, at 12:13 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin
Great news for Mavericks fans as Dirk Nowitzki (adductor) said he will play tonight, according to Mavs.com's Earl K. Sneed.
Earl K. Sneed @EarlKSneed
Dirk: "I'll give it a go tonight."2/4/2013, 5:07:42 PM
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UPDATE: Friday, Feb. 1, 11:50 a.m. ET by Donald Wood
The bad news concerning Dallas Mavericks star power forward Dirk Nowitzki continues to mount as the strained right adductor injury he suffered Tuesday against Portland will continue to keep him out of action Friday against the Phoenix Suns and possibly even Monday’s matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to Dwain Price of the Forth Worth Star-Telegram.
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Nowitzki, who has played in just 18 of his team's 45 games so far this season after coming off knee surgery in October, had 26 points against the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night in what was his best effort of the current campaign.
The big German forward and future Hall of Famer hasn't quite gotten his stroke back since returning in late December. He is averaging just 14.8 points and 5.5 rebounds while shooting 42.5 percent from the floor—numbers that are all the lowest of his career since his 1998-99 rookie season.
He has logged heavy minutes during the Mavs' recent resurgence, leading some to believe that this injury is somewhat of a precaution against the wear-and-tear on the 34-year-old's body. Bleacher Report's Ethan Sherwood Strauss seems to think so:
Ethan Strauss @SherwoodStrauss
Feel like there was a gentleman's "You rest Steph, we'll rest Dirk" agreement made prior to the game.2/1/2013, 2:38:37 AM
Dallas has had a rough start to the 2012-13 season, currently sitting at 19-26 and a few games out of the Western Conference playoff picture.
Those struggles couldn't have been more perfectly displayed than they were on Tuesday, when Portland somehow got five points from LaMarcus Aldridge in the final half-minute or so (including a buzzer-beating game-winner) to cap their 21-point comeback victory.
The Blonde Bomber is certainly still the key cog in the Dallas attack, and his absence is undeniably important to both the rotation and the rest of the lineup.
We'll continue to update Nowitzki's injury situation as more news becomes available.