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Dirk's return questionable

12/18/2009

Dirk Nowitzki has a laceration on his right elbow and his return to tonight's game against the Rockets is questionable.

He's getting stitches at the moment. His elbow smashed into the mouth of Rockets forward Carl Landry. Landry lost three teeth and is doubtful to return.

Nowitzki was fouled on the play and shot both free throws left-handed. He missed the first and made the second at the 9:28 mark of the second quarter to give Dallas a 28-26 lead. The Rockets now lead 49-41 at halftime. Houston went on an 18-5 run during Nowitzki's absence to lead by as many as 11.