— Mike Peasley (@PeasESPN) December 14, 2013
That's news nobody wants to hear. We all know that Dirk is herculean and will do his best to play anyway -- Game 4 of the NBA Finals ring a bell? -- but even if he is able to suit up, there's no telling how effective he will be.
Don't count Rick Carlisle's potential loss out as insignificant, either. He hasn't missed a game in quite a while.
If Carlisle does miss tonight's game, it'll be the first time since Dec. 27, 2010, when he did not travel to OKC after having knee surgery.— Brad Townsend (@townbrad) December 14, 2013
Let's wish them both the best. The real irony is that several reports indicate Brandan Wright will make his debut tonight -- it's too bad the team won't be at full strength in his first game.
Ugh. Dirk and Carlisle are now OUT for tonight's game:
Per @MavsPR, no Dirk Nowitzki or Rick Carlisle tonight vs. the Bucks due to illnesses.— Earl K. Sneed (@EarlKSneed) December 14, 2013