The Dallas Mavericks are hoping some key injuries aren't finally catching up with them.
The short-handed Minnesota Timberwolves are dealing with similar concerns as they travel to Dallas for a matchup of two banged-up clubs Monday night.
After winning four of its first five games without star forward Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas (4-3) is coming off its second straight road defeat - a 101-97 overtime loss Saturday night at Charlotte.
Nowitzki is still recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery, and another Dallas forward, Shawn Marion, has missed three straight games since being diagnosed with a sprained MCL. His status is uncertain.
Without their own All-Star forward, the Timberwolves (4-2) also managed a 4-1 start before seeing their three-game winning streak come to an end Saturday night in an 87-80 loss at Chicago.
Kevin Love (broken hand) and Ricky Rubio (torn ACL) have yet to play this season and they remain out with their long-term ailments. Former Mavericks guard J.J. Barea ...