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Dirk Nowitzki listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers

Updated: December 19, 2009, 9:19 AM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- Before Friday night's tip-off and before Houston Rockets forward Carl Landry's teeth gashed Dirk Nowitzki's right elbow, Rockets coach Rick Adelman praised the Mavericks' fast start, their perseverance without Josh Howard and then deemed them the team to beat in the Southwest Division.

"I think this is Dallas' division," Adelman said. "They've got all the talent, they're deep. They're the best team in our division and they're up there in the conference. I think this is a team ...

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