Dirk Nowitzki to Miss Four Games: The Right Decision for Dallas Mavericks

January 21st, 2012 by Alex McVeigh Leave a reply »
For me, earlier today (and most of yesterday) was spent dealing with a conundrum: Why has Dirk Nowitzki looked so bad this season, and more importantly, how can the Mavs fix it? They seemed to have come up with a good solution tonight: Sit Dirk for the next four games.

Dirk's increasing lethargy and noninvolvement was at its most apparent Thursday night during the game against the Jazz. In the fourh quarter, when even Dirk at his coldest is usually the spark to ignite the Mavs' late game offensive flame, he was a mere decoy.

I watched possession after possession of Dirk just sitting in a corner, drawing a defender, but not running around a screen or drifting behind the three-point line, but just standing there.

It was only the latest example of the season that Dirk is simply not himself.

According to ESPNDallas, Dirk will sit out for four games to "improve conditioning." While Dirk himself has freely admitted he came into the season out of shape, he's also dealing with the same bum left knee that caused him to miss some time last season.

Dirk will miss tonight's game against New Orleans, as well as games against the Suns, ...

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