Dampier left Tuesday’s 107-101 loss to the Phoenix Suns with a strained hip, then guard Jason Terry was lost to a sprained ankle. Both players will miss this game against New York.
Dampier skipped practice Wednesday and Thursday in hopes of being able to return Sunday against the Denver Nuggets.
“I’m going to take a little time off and see how it feels,” said Dampier, who averages 8.4 points and 7.2 rebounds.
Terry could be out longer depending on the severity of his sprain. X-rays showed there was no break and the lack of immediate swelling left the club hopeful he won’t miss much time.
“If it’s longer than a week, it’ll be tough,” Nowitzki said. “But hopefully it’ll only be a couple of games.”
The Mavericks have already been playing without Michael Finley, who is on the injured list with an ankle sprain. Despite the rash of injuries, Dallas matches up well against the Knicks because of its superior depth and Nowitzki’s talents.
The 7-foot center has shown no ill effects after losing point guard Steve Nash to the Suns via free agency. Nowitzki is scoring 27 points a game on 50 percent shooting from the floor. He’s hitting an amazing 50 percent (14-for-28) of his 3-pointers and averaging 10.4 rebounds.
The Mavericks have dominated the Knicks, winning five straight overall and four in a row at home. New York hasn’t beat Dallas since a 108-101 overtime victory at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 3, 2002.
The Knicks will be playing their final game of a four-game road trip and third straight game against a team from Texas. New York is hoping to build on its most impressive win of the season.
Jamal Crawford banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the Knicks to their first road win of the season, 93-92 over the reeling Houston Rockets on Thursday. Crawford finished with 19 points, going 5-of-11 from the 3-point arc, and Kurt Thomas added 23 points and 14 rebounds to hand the Rockets their fourth loss in five games.
New York came back from an 11-point deficit to start the fourth quarter.