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Dirk Nowitzki's status uncertain for OKC

1/5/2011

DALLAS -- Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle stuck by his stance of not providing a Daily Dirk Watch, so the status of the team's leading scorer's sprained right knee heading into Thursday's home game against the Oklahoma City Thunder is the same as it's been -- day-to-day.

Carlisle did not have a formal practice session on Wednesday. The team watched film and then a few players such as Brendan Haywood, Alexis Ajinca, Ian Mahinmi, Dominique Jones and DeShawn Stevenson hit the court for a light workout and shooting. Roddy Beaubois was also on the floor taking jump shots, a small step for him after being limited to set shots for months.

Dirk Nowitzki missed his fifth consecutive game Tuesday, an 84-81 win over the injury-depleted Portland Trail Blazers. The competition turns decidedly tougher to close out the three-game homestand. The Thunder, smarting from two home losses to the Mavs, including the Dec. 27 loss when Nowitzki hurt his knee early in the second quarter, are trying to avoid a season sweep by Dallas.

On Saturday, Dwight Howard and the revamped Orlando Magic, winners of six in a row, come to town looking to avenge the Mavs' road victory on Dec. 21.

Nowitzki is averaging 24.1 points on 54.5 percent shooting, plus 7.4 rebounds.