Elbow doesn't bother Dirk

DALLAS -- The best thing about Tuesday night's loss to the Portland Trail Blazers was that Dirk Nowitzki didn't have any serious issues with his elbow.

Nowitzki wore a large pad on his right elbow, which sustained a nasty gash in a collision with Houston's Carl Landry on Friday, when a couple of Landry's teeth ended up lodged in the laceration. The Mavs' trainers custom made the pad, cutting a hole in the middle so it didn't rub up against the three stitches in Nowitzki's elbow.

Dirk didn't have any problem shooting the ball, knocking down 10 of 13 shots during a 27-point performance. He tried to avoid contact with his elbow, using his hands instead of forearm while playing post defense.

"It worked out pretty good," he said. "It wasn’t actually too sore."