The start of the season hasn't been kind to the Dallas Mavericks. And now the news is only getting worse.

Dirk Nowitzki will be re-evaluated in seven days as he sits out due to soreness in his Achilles. Nowitzki left last night's game vs. the Blazers and did not return.

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“He's going to be out for a while,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “We'll update you guys in about seven days. He's not going to play at least until then.”

Nowitzki missed the second half last night as the Mavericks fell to 0-5 for the first time in franchise history.

Dirk had this to say after the game regarding the injury:

“It gets better on days off, and as soon as I go out there and try to push off, try to show on pick-and-rolls, run backwards, all that stuff is just uncomfortable and sore,” Nowitzki told reporters. “So just thought I'd just shut it down. I mean, it makes no sense to keep dragging this for weeks, you know? Obviously, it hasn't really gotten better, so we're going to take a few days off and not get on the court, not do all the stuff that makes it sore. And hopefully, I'll be better in a couple days and we can ramp it back up.

“But for now, that's where we're at. It just hasn't gotten to the point where I can move well, where I can move pain-free, so it just doesn't make any sense to be out there.”

Dallas has some issues to work out and missing Dirk won't make things any easier.