<
>

Nowitzki and Lewis go down in Mavs-Sonics game

SEATTLE -- It wasn't a good night for star forwards in Wednesday night's Mavericks-Sonics game.

Dirk Nowitzki Nowitzki

Rashard Lewis Lewis

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki was helped off the court Wednesday night after spraining his left ankle against the Seattle SuperSonics and was listed as questionable for Friday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Sonics, meanwhile, lost forward Rashard Lewis to an injured tendon early in the game. The team said he will be re-evaluated Thursday.

Nowitzki was hurt following a missed free throw by teammate Jerry Stackhouse.

Seattle's Chris Wilcox jumped for the rebound and was bumped by
DeSagana Diop of the Mavericks. Wilcox fell to the ground, his legs
spreading and his left foot hitting Nowitzki just above his left foot, causing the All-Star's ankle to roll.


"It was kind of a freaky play," Nowitzki said afterward. "The dude [Wilcox] kind of lost balance in the air, and I was trying to run back. And he kicked right in my ankle, and I rolled it pretty good."

Nowitzki was down on the floor for a few minutes, and could not put weight on the leg, but X-rays
were negative. He was to be re-examined in Dallas, and Johnson said
Nowitzki was day-to-day.

"Whenever this happens, at first it scares you, but I've done
this before," Nowitzki said. "The docs have told me it's just a
sprain and that I'll be OK."

Lewis was injured in the opening minute, when he attempted to block Erick Dampier's shot from behind. Television replays showed Lewis' hand getting caught in the net as he tried to swat the shot.

Seattle called a timeout and Lewis was immediately taken to the locker room for X-rays. The team said Lewis injured a tendon in his hand, would not return and will get further evaluation on Thursday.

Seattle has played the last nine games without Ray Allen, sidelined
with a right ankle injury. Allen has been cleared to practice and coach Bob Hill said before Wednesday's game he hopes Allen will be able to play on Saturday at home against Toronto.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.