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Dirk Nowitzki misses Mavs game

Updated: January 6, 2011, 10:53 PM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki was ruled out for Thursday night's Dallas Mavericks game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

It was the sixth consecutive game the Mavs' leading scorer missed since he sprained his right knee Dec. 27 in Oklahoma City. That matches the most games Nowitzki has missed in a regular season since 2001-02.

"He's getting gradually better, but he's not ready to play yet," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said after the morning shootaround.

Nowitzki spent the shootaround ...

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