Mavs at home: 'One big question mark'

Dirk Nowitzki's return was ruined as Dallas fell to the embattled Trail Blazers

Updated: December 23, 2009, 12:36 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki's recently lacerated right elbow didn't bother him too much Tuesday night. But his back was aching from trying to carry the Dallas Mavericks at home again.

The Mavs had another miserable offensive night at the American Airlines Center, shooting 38.8 percent from the floor. They've managed to pull out wins on many of those types of occasions this season, but that wasn't the case against a pesky Portland team that was dealt yet another devastating injury.

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