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

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

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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: