Shootaround: Dirk Nowitzki and Rick Carlisle are sick, did not participate

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The status of two of the most important Mavericks is unsure after missing the morning shootaround with illness.

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.

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.

UPDATE:

Ugh. Dirk and Carlisle are now OUT for tonight's game:

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