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Dirk Nowitzki has knee surgery Friday, out six weeks

Oct 19, 2012, 12:58 PM EDT

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Rather than wait and hope it heals like it did last season, Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks are being proactive.

Nowitzki underwent arthroscopic surgery to his right knee Friday morning and will be out for about six weeks, the team announced Friday. That timeframe has him returning around the start of December. That would have him missing around 16 games.

This is the smart move — better to deal with it now than let everything linger. Nowitzki has been dealing with swelling in his right knee all preseason and had it drained twice. Last season a similar thing happened but Nowtizki took time off, changed his training routine and was able to solve the problem, this time it’s not working.

This is going to hurt the Mavs in the short term, make no mistake. As our own Darius Soriano pointed out, the Mavericks he were 8.8 points per 100 possessions better when Nowitzki was on the floor last season as opposed when he was on the bench. That was not just scoring — Dallas’s defense was 2.8 points per 100 better when Nowitzki was on the floor Stats courtesy the NBA.com stats tool.

No Nowitzki means more of the offensive load in Dallas is going to fall to O.J. Mayo and Darren Collison, who will have to create shots for everyone. Dallas is going to need a lot more out of Brandan Wright.

The challenge for Dallas is not falling so far behind in the playoff chase in a deep Western Conference that they can’t climb back in. Dallas and Minnesota — without Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio to start the season — will be playing catch up likely for one of the last couple of playoff spots in the West. The teams who have to take advantage are the Jazz and the Golden State Warriors (who need to get Andrew Bogut back, he may miss the start of the season).

  1. Uri Shavit - Oct 19, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Reblogged this on @Uri Shavit.

  2. misterdreamer119 - Oct 19, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Dirk should get traded to chicago for gibson.

  3. rj2323 - Oct 19, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Mayo has to step up the kid has talent 18ppg as a rookie then started to come off the bench the last 2 years he’s a starter he will have a huge season this year

  4. sprest83 - Oct 19, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    This won’t be an issue, like I said on the other post. The first handful of games are pretty weak and Kaman, Brand, and Wright are more capable depth than what Dirk has had.

  5. lakerluver - Oct 19, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Maybe Cuban’s big mouth has cursed his team.

  6. libertynchurch - Oct 19, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Sell as many tickets as you can, before electing surgery on the eve of the season opener. Sounds like the beginings of a move to get McAdoo or Muhammad in the draft.

  7. jerdogthompson - Oct 20, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    Liberty

    Yep. I’m sure you’re right. Cuban needs the extra couple hundred grand to make payroll.

  8. libertynchurch - Oct 20, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    Ur right. Cuban wont have any probs giving cash back to ticket holders. Elective surgery could have and should have been done earlier. Who wants to see Dallas without Dirk? Just another example of disrepecting paying customers.

  9. davidcl77 - Oct 21, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Who cares? The left winged nut Cuban ruined the team prior to last season.

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