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2019 Schedule
15-12, 2nd in Southwest
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Dirk begins record 21st season, but Mavs fall

Dirk Nowitzki finally made his debut for his record 21st season Thursday, saying he still has a lot of work to get up to "NBA speed against a bunch of 20-year-old athletes."

Smith slams all over Bridges (0:21)
Ariza tries to rescue stuck basketball with towel (0:48)
Doncic steals and slams (0:16)
Cuban gives referee an earful during timeout (0:23)
Dirk nails first shot back from injury (0:26)
Doncic hits sweet step-back triple (0:17)
Dirk arrives for 2018 debut (0:30)

The MJ and Malik Monk Situation

Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Tim MacMahon and Andrew Han discuss the Michael Jordan-Malik Monk situation (6:45), the ongoing Bulls drama (16:00), the Celtics, Luka Doncic's incredible week and much more.

What to expect in Dirk's season debut (0:53)
Is Doncic the next Harden? (1:05)
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3dTim MacMahon

Sources: Dirk's season debut set for Thursday

Dirk Nowitzki, who has been recovering from ankle surgery, is set to begin his record 21st season with the Mavericks on Thursday at Phoenix, sources told ESPN.

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Carlisle ejected, but praised for backing Barnes

After Rick Carlisle was ejected from Wednesday's Mavericks win for complaining about Harrison Barnes' lack of foul calls, Barnes said he appreciates that the coach "always has our back as players."

Doncic bests Young in battle of rookies (1:52)
Carlisle pops off, gets tossed (0:33)
Doncic denies Young at rim (0:22)
Doncic lobs, Jordan jams (0:20)
Doncic muscles home circus shot (0:19)
Doncic feeds Jordan for two-handed flush (0:15)
Jordan rocks rim with two-handed stuff (0:15)

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Nowitzki is inactive tonight against the Hawks.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Carlisle is declining to say whether Dirk Nowitzki, who is listed as questionable, will play tonight. "He's getting closer," Carlisle said.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

For the first time this season, Dirk Nowitzki is listed as questionable for Wednesday's home game against the Hawks. Nowitzki, the longtime face of the Mavs' franchise, is on the verge of making his season debut after a long recovery from spring ankle surgery.

Doncic assists back-to-back 3-pointers (0:31)

Team Stats

Points Per Game109.418th
Rebounds Per Game45.613th
Assists Per Game22.722nd
Points Allowed107.68th

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