3-05-08 -- Dirk Nowitzki was suspended without pay for one game by the NBA on Wednesday for his hard foul on Utah’s Andrei Kirilenko.
Nowitzki will miss the Dallas Mavericks’ next game, at home Thursday night against the divisional rival Houston Rockets, who recently passed them in the tight Western Conference standings.
Nowitzki received a flagrant-1 when he hit Kirilenko midway through the first quarter of a 116-110 loss to Utah on Monday. However, the league reviewed the play and decided to upgrade it to a flagrant-2. Had it been ruled a flagrant-2 at the time he would’ve been ejected.
Kirilenko injured his right hip in the fall and stayed down for several minutes before getting up gingerly. He made both foul shots before being helped to the locker room. He was taken for X-rays, which showed no break.