Dirk sits out practice, 'hopeful' to play vs. Suns

Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki did not practice Tuesday due to the foot/ankle injury he suffered in Sunday’s win over Portland.

Nowitzki suffered the injury during the second quarter Sunday and sat out the entire fourth quarter after feeling pain and stiffness.

“He did a little bit of stuff on the side today,” coach Rick Carlisle told reporters. “He’s doing better. We don’t consider this a serious thing. We’re hopeful that he’s going to play tomorrow.”

Nowitzki said Sunday that he will “definitely” play Wednesday against the Phoenix Suns, when the Mavs have a chance to reach .500 for the first time since Dec. 14.

Elton Brand, who missed the last three games due to a sore right calf, practiced Tuesday and could play against the Suns.