Left knee sidelines Dampier vs. Lakers

Just when it seemed the Mavericks had put the injury bug behind them, center Erick Dampier will sit out tonight's game at the Los Angeles Lakers with a left knee effusion, basically fluid on the knee.

So much for the Western Conference's top two teams squaring off with fully healthy squads. The Lakers will be without forward Ron Artest, who continues to sit out after suffering a concussion.

Drew Gooden will get the start in place of Dampier, who will be missed against the Lakers' strong front line.