Nowitzki suits up against Trail Blazers

Updated: December 22, 2009, 9:26 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki is listed as active for Tuesday night's game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

"There's been improvement over the last couple of days," coach Rick Carlisle said. "We'll see how he comes in and feels."

Nowitzki has dealt with severe pain and stiffness in his elbow since crashing into Rockets forward Carl Landry during Friday night's overtime loss. Landry had five teeth knocked out or broken, two of which ended up lodged in a deep laceration on Nowitzki's ...

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