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Dirk Nowitzki leaves game with “sore knee,” will have MRI Tuesday

Dirk Nowitzki

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki yells after landing awkwardly during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 27, 2010. Dallas won 103-93. Nowitzki left the game with what the Mavericks said was a sore right knee. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)


Dirk Nowitzki’s shot looked just fine — 13 points on 4-of-6 — but he left Monday night’s game against the Thunder in the second quarter with what was officially called a “sore knee” and now will have an MRI on Tuesday.

The play happened when Nowitzki went up for a midrange jumper and was fouled by Serge Ibaka. Nowitzki landed awkwardly and fell to the ground, then left the game.

He had an X-ray that showed no structural damage, according to the Dallas Morning News. However, it is possible Nowitzki will miss some games as he was walking around after the game with a noticeable limp, according to reports.

Nowitzki himself said it might be strained muscle behind the knee, which would require rest.

Nowitzki went down and Shawn Marion stepped up with 20 points to get the Mavs another win. Marion would get the starts if Nowitzki sits.