Dirk Nowitzki did not play in the fourth quarter of the Mavericks’ win over Portland due to a foot injury.
“At this point, it’s not considered serious,” coach Rick Carlisle told reporters. “But you don’t mess around with something like that.”
Nowitzki scored only six points – his fewest since his third game of the season – on 2-of-7 shooting in 24 minutes. He suffered the injury during the second quarter but played in the third quarter before the decision was made to sit him for the remainder of the game.
Carlisle, who did not know specifics about the injury, said the Mavs hoped that Nowitzki would be able to play Wednesday night against the Phoenix Suns.
"I'll be fine," Nowitzki told reporters. "I'll definitely play Wednesday."
Nowitzki has missed 29 games due to injury this season, by far the most of his 15-year career. He sat out the first 27 games after undergoing arthroscopic surgery in his right knee and missed two games in January due to a strained adductor muscle suffered in the Mavs' previous trip to Portland.