Mavericks Injury News: Dirk Nowitzki, Chris Kaman, Eddy Curry,

The Dallas Mavericks will kick off the NBA season tonight in Los Angeles.  They will face a Lakers team that will likely be without their star, and the Mavericks will be without their star.  Kobe Bryant is not expected to play tonight, and we know Dirk Nowitzki is not expected to play.  In anticipation of the NBA season's start, here are your Dallas Mavericks' injury notes:

  • In Nowitzki's absence, the Mavericks are seeking to surround the team with stability and veteran leadership says Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.  It's not just a move to support the team now, but a move to support the team in the future.  Of the current players on the roster, 13 could become free agents at the end of this season. 
  • According to Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News, Chris Kaman will not play in tonight's opener.  Kaman is battling a strained right calf.  Coach Rick Carlisle has not made a decision as to when Kaman will be able to play.   
  • With Kaman's injury and Nowitzki's injury, Eddie Curry will likely be tasked with guarding Dwight Howard tonight.  Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas believes Curry will get the start tonight after just signing with the team last Friday.  "I definitely got thrown into the fire," Curry said. "But growing up, this is what you dream about, playing in this league. I've got another opportunity, and I'm going to make the best of it."
The shorthanded Mavericks begin the season with a two-game road trip.  They face the Lakers tonight, then they travel to Utah to take on the Jazz tomorrow.

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