Dirk Nowitzki to miss 5th straight game

Updated: January 4, 2011, 11:30 PM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki missed his fifth consecutive game as he recovers from a sprained right knee, coach Rick Carlisle said Tuesday.

The Mavs began a three-game homestand Tuesday night against the Portland Trail Blazers. They won 84-81.

"When Dirk's ready to play, we'll let everybody know when he's ready to play," Carlisle said. "In the meantime, he's making gradual progress, but that's going to be it. We're not going to have a daily Dirk update, ...

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  • It All Adds Up For Mavs
    Sure Chandler Parsons would be overpaid, but pairing him with Dirk Nowitzki for $25 million would be a great value.