Mavs’ Nowitzki, Carlisle miss game due to illness

Dallas star Dirk Nowitzki and coach Rick Carlisle will miss the

Mavericks’ game Saturday night against Milwaukee because of an

unspecified illness.

Both missed the team’s shootaround earlier in the day and were

not at American Airlines Center for the game.

Dallas assistant coach Monte Mathis is filling in for


Nowitzki has played in all 23 games for the Mavericks, averaging

21.1 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. He missed the first 27 games

last season because of knee surgery.

The Mavericks don’t play again until Wednesday night, giving

both some time to recover.