An Achilles injury has set back Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, and he’ll continue to be sidelined. Per head coach Rick Carlisle, Nowitzki’s injury will carry over into the month of December and he’ll be out a minimum of two more games.
The German forward has been nursing the Achilles setback since the beginning of the season. He sat out Sunday’s game versus the New Orleans Pelicans as a precaution. This is expected to be something the Mavericks won’t rush, especially this early into the season.
“The important thing is that we’re doing the right things to get him to a full recovery, Carlisle told Dallas’s Sports Day. “He’s come a long way in a four-plus week period. But it’s an Achilles strain and it’s taking time. My hope is that it can be complete sometime in December, sooner than later. But we just got to be patient with it. He’s too important to us. If we have to play without him, we’ll play without him.”
Nowitzki has only played in five out of the 16 games for the struggling Mavs. Dallas enters Tuesday with a league-worst 3-13 record.
Not having Dirk only makes things worse for the club, but owner Mark Cuban doesn’t believe that Nowitzki will miss an extended period of time.
“We have every expectation that it’s not serious,” Cuban said. “It’s dramatically better. That’s why he played the other night (in Cleveland). He just felt it again, so there’s no reason to take a chance. We’re just being cautious.”