No Nowitzki tonight

The San Antonio Spurs will face the Dallas Mavericks tonight who will be without their star Dirk Nowitzki. This will mark the second time the Mavericks face the Spurs without him. The Mavericks lost to the Spurs 99-93 in December without Nowitzki.

To make matters more difficult, the Mavericks will also be without Caron Butler who might be out for the season after undergoing knee surgery.

“I’m not answering any Dirk questions,” Carlisle said after the loss. “We don’t have Dirk, so it’s not a topic that’s worth discussion. We’ve got to win with the guys we have.”

“Dirk increases his workouts every day, and signs are positive,” he told the team’s official website. “But it’s very important that we focus on the guys that we have available at this time and make sure that he gets back absolutely 100 percent healthy.” (source cbssports.com)

Currently, the Spurs (33-6) hold a six game lead over the Mavericks (26-11) in the Southwest division.

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