With no Nene, Nuggets will roll small

DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks got a taste of small ball from the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday and they're bound to see it again tonight. Nene will miss his third consecutive game with a groin injury.

He was a game--time decision and was initially listed among Denver's starters. But, he will not go, giving Gary Forbes another start.

That's good news for Dirk Nowitzki, who also doesn't have to face the often-times irritating defense of Chris Andersen and Kenyon Martin. Nowitzki went for 35 points and 12 rebounds in the Mavs' one-point win in Denver.