Posted January 29, 2012 on AP on Fox
With Dirk Nowitzki's planned return from a four-game absence, the Dallas Mavericks were hoping to be back at full strength for Sunday night's showdown with the Southwest Division-rival San Antonio Spurs. Instead, Nowitzki's status is questionable and Jason Kidd now has a strained right calf to boot. Looking to improve his conditioning and getting treatment for a sore right knee, Nowitzki has spent the last four games on the sidelines. His expected return date was Sunday, but it's still unknown if the reigning NBA Finals MVP will be ready to face the Spurs (12-8). Also uncertain is Kidd, who injured his calf in the first quarter of Friday's 116-101 victory over Utah. Kidd previously missed four games after hurting his lower back during a 93-71 loss at San Antonio on Jan. 5. Dallas (12-8), which was also without Delonte West (strained right hamstring) on Friday, received huge boosts from usual reserves Rodrigue Beaubois and Lamar Odom. Starting in place of West, Beaubois posted s...
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