Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Nowitzki suspended for Kirilenko flagrant

Dirk Nowitzki won’t be on the floor for Houston’s visit to American Airlines Center tomorrow night. The Mavs’ leading scorer and rebounder was suspended one game without pay for his Flagrant Foul against Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko.

The flagrant foul was upgraded from a Penalty One to a Penalty Two, NBA executive vice president Stu Jackson announced today. The incident occurred with 7:04 remaining in the first period of the Mavs’ 116-110 loss at Utah on Monday. The Rockets are also down a big man, with Yao Ming (foot surgery) out for the season.

“We have a lot of big bodies,” Avery Johnson said. “Obviously, nobody is like Dirk. We have to have somebody step up for us.”

Look for an extra serving of Devean George and Brandon Bass, with Malik Allen and Juwan Howard worked into the mix.

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