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Friday, February 1, 2013
Dirk Nowitzki out vs. Suns

By Tim MacMahon
ESPNDallas.com

Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki missed his second consecutive game because of a strained right adductor Friday night against the Phoenix Suns.

Nowitzki strained the muscle in his upper leg late in Tuesday's loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, when he scored 12 of his season-high 26 points in the fourth quarter. He does not believe this injury is related to the arthroscopic surgery on his right knee that caused the 11-time All-Star to miss the first 27 games of the season.

"It's just Father Time, bro," Nowitzki told reporters after sitting out Thursday's loss to the Golden State Warriors. "Stuff happens. I never pulled a muscle in my whole career. There's always a first one."

Nowitzki hopes to be able to play in Monday night's road game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The 34-year-old Nowitzki is averaging 14.8 points and 5.5 rebounds while shooting 42.5 percent from the floor this season -- all numbers that are by far his lowest since his rookie season in 1998-99. However, he has said several times recently that his knee feels fine and he's been encouraged by his progress over the last few weeks.