Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki sidelined at least a week with sore Achilles

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The Dallas Mavericks were already off to a rough start — 0-4 coming into Friday, when they lost to Portland at home — but the news got even worse after the game.

Dirk Nowitzki is going to miss at least a week with a sore Achilles.

Here is what Nowitzki himself said, via Tim MacMahon of ESPN.

“It’s been the same for a week now. It gets better on days off, and as soon as I go out there and try to push off, try to show on pick-and-rolls, run backwards, all that stuff is just uncomfortable and sore. So just thought I’d just shut it down. I mean, it makes no sense to keep dragging this for weeks, you know? Obviously, it hasn’t really gotten better, so we’re going to take a few days off and not get on the court, not do all the stuff that makes it sore. And hopefully, I’ll be better in a couple days and we can ramp it back up. But for now, that’s where we’re at. It just hasn’t gotten to the point where I can move well, where I can move pain free, so it just doesn’t make any sense to be out there.”

This is the smart move, pushing through Achilles pain — especially for an older player — can only lead to trouble.

Dallas’ offense and defense both were already in the bottom half of the NBA this season before the injury, this will not help (although Dallas has been better with Nowitzki off the court rather than on so far this season).

With Nowitzki out, expect more Dwight Powell and Quincy Acy.