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Dirk Nowitzki hopes to avoid surgery

Updated: October 16, 2012, 6:34 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- The swelling has returned to Dirk Nowitzki's troublesome right knee, but the Dallas Mavericks star hopes he won't need arthroscopic surgery before the season.

Nowitzki said he will reduce his workload over the next week -- icing the knee a lot and doing low-impact conditioning work -- and then make a decision on whether to undergo an operation that typically has a recovery time of three to six weeks.

"I'm doing everything I can not to have surgery," Nowitzki ...

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