When the Dallas Mavericks arrive in the Midwest for weekend games against Indiana and Cleveland, they just wont be the same.
But, hey man, the Mavs are kind of doing OK, anyway.
The Mavs begin their trip Friday against the Pacers. They face the Cavaliers the next night. But anyone hoping to get a glimpse of Dallas at its very best well, youre out of luck, kids.
Dirk Nowtizki hasnt played all season following arthroscopic knee surgery in the fall. Hes not expected to return for a while. And all hes ever done is lead the Mavs to two Finals appearances and one title.
Nowitzki is 7-foot-0, averaged nearly 22 points and seven rebounds last year, and is just generally one of the leagues top five or six offensive threats.
So, youre welcome, Pacers and Cavs.
Along with Nowitzkis absence, veteran starter Shawn Marion, one of the games top defensive forwards, is a question mark. Hes missed the past five games with a sprained knee.
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