Nowitzki will miss 4 games to improve conditioning

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle says
Dirk Nowitzki will sit out for at least the next four games,
starting with Saturday night's contest in New Orleans, so the star
forward can get in better game shape.
Carlisle says Nowitzki needs "an uninterrupted eight days of
work to resolve some physical issues and conditioning issues."
The Mavs coach says Nowitzki would prefer to keep playing but
coaches and training staff decided it would be better for the team
if he is restricted from game activity for the next week. Carlisle
stresses that "this is not a rest situation" but "quite the
opposite."
Nowitzki has been playing with a protective sleeve on his right
knee. His 17.5 points per game is a little more than four points
below his career average.