Mavs Star Nowitzki Out Indefinitely With High Ankle Sprain

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DALLAS -- Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki is out ndefinitely with a moderate high left ankle sprain and a mildly sprained left knee.

The team announced the diagnosis after the reigning MVP got an
MRI exam today -- the day after he was injured during a loss to San

Nowitzki landed awkwardly on his left leg after running to block
a shot.

Nowitzki said he's hoping to be out only one or two weeks. The
regular season ends three weeks from Wednesday.

He's now wearing a protective boot on his left ankle.

Nowitzki says his ankle and knee are both still stiff. He's
trying to reduce swelling by putting them in ice every two hours,
even when he sleeps.

Doctors will check him out again tomorrow -- then set a
rehabilitation plan.

Nowitzki has had plenty of traditional ankle sprains, but never
a "high" one, which is closer to the shin.

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