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Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki looks to pass defended by Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett in the second quarter of their NBA Basketball game in Boston, Massachusetts January 11, 2012.

REUTERS/Adam Hunger

To get Dirk Nowitzki back without interruption, the Dallas Mavericks decided to let him work on some conditioning without interrupting the progress by playing in a game.

Nowitzki will miss the next four games so he can have "an uninterrupted eight days of work to resolve some physical issues and conditioning issues," coach Rick Carlisle told reporters.

He's expected to return Jan. 29. Though Nowitzki was resistant to come out of the lineup, he eventually acknowledged the knee issues he's been experiencing were limiting his production anyway.

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"I wasn't thrilled at the beginning," Nowitzki told reporters. "We talked about it ... in the meeting and I just thought it was a good decision for everybody. I think I'm not helping right now anyway and the guys are better off if I'm not out there, so it just gives me time to really do some of the stuff that I couldn't be doing."

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