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Game Thread: Trail Blazers (18-16) at Mavericks (25-8)

Who: The Dallas Mavericks host the Portland Trail Blazers

What: Probably the saddest line-ups you'll see all season.

Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

When: 7:30pm CT

How: League Pass | FSSW-DAL | CSN-POR | KESN | KXTG

The Story: Caron Butler underwent some kind of surgery. Dirk Nowitzki isn't going to play. Shawn Marion will play, but his thigh hurts. This is like the night of the walking dead. Greg Oden is still out. Brandon Roy is battling knee problems, like our Dirk. The Mavericks must avoid a losing skid at home with a victory tonight. Below the jump are links, as always. Try living life on the BlazersEdge.

Dirk out; Clarity on Caron Butler coming
Dirk Nowitzki will miss his fifth consecutive game tonight as the Dallas Mavericks begin a three-game homestand tonight against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Source: Dallas Mavericks' Caron Butler has surgery on right knee
Mavericks forward Caron Butler had surgery on Tuesday, a source said, but the severity was not immediately known.

Trail Blazers-Mavericks Preview
With a difficult homestand this week, the Dallas Mavericks are hoping Dirk Nowitzki returns quickly.

Blazers-Mavericks preview — Shorthanded Mavs start homestand against banged-up Blazers

Earl K. Sneed previews Tuesday night's matchup between the Mavericks and the Blazers, as both teams enter their second showdown shorthanded. The Mavs are beginning a three-game homestand.

Shootaround Report: Trail Blazers (18-16) at Mavericks (25-8)

For the first time in perhaps the longest week of the Mavericks’ season, there won’t be a change in the team’s injury-riddled lineup.

Mavericks-Blazers bring their MASH units into Western Conference tilt

It's that time of the season when it seems like everybody is fighting injury problems. The Blazers don't have Greg Oden, of course, and they're also without All-Star Brandon Roy and may not have Joel Przybilla, who always seems to torment the Mavericks.