Dirk Nowitzki won't play vs. San Antonio

Updated: December 30, 2010, 8:26 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- There will be an MVP candidate missing from Thursday night's meeting of Western Conference powers.

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki will not play against the San Antonio Spurs, coach Rick Carlisle said after the morning shootaround.

It will be the second game Nowitzki has missed after suffering a mild sprain to his right knee during Monday's win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Nowitzki said after that game that the knee had been bothering him for two weeks.

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