Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki has season-ending ankle surgery

Dirk Nowitzki will miss the final three games of the NBA regular season after undergoing a minor ankle surgery on Thursday morning, the team announced Thursday morning.

The Mavericks forward did not to Orlando for the team‘s to the Magic on Wednesday night.

Recently, the 13-time All Star said that he for his 21st NBA season.

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Guard J.J. Barea will also miss the remainder of the season with an oblique strain.

The Mavericks are currently are tied for the fourth-worst record .

Dallas will travel to face the Philadelphia 76ers and the Detroit Pistons, before they host the Phoenix Suns in the regular season finale on April 10.

Those three games will play a large factor in determining the team‘s lottery odds .