Although the Dallas Mavericks were eliminated from the playoffs Wednesday for the first time since the 1999-2000 season, forward Dirk Nowitzki isn’t ready for the off-season.

The 11-time All-Star knows the Mavs still have four games remaining. So, reflecting on what went wrong this season will have to wait.

“I’ll be reflective after the season is over,” Nowitzki said after Thursday’s practice. “We still have four games and I don’t want to mail it in.

“I want to play hard, and hopefully win some. I think a winning season would be nice for this up-and-down tough season, so that’s what we’re going for.”

The Mavs are 38-40 and must win three of their final four games to avoid their first losing season since they were 40-42 in the 1999-2000 campaign.

“We still want to get back to .500 and we want to have a chance to go above .500,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “If the playoffs are off the table, they’re off the table.

“We’ve still got to do everything possible to finish this thing out with pride and dignity.”

The Mavs hope to start displaying some of that pride and dignity at 7:30 p.m. Friday when they face the Denver Nuggets (54-24) at American Airlines Center.

After Friday night, the Mavs play the Hornets in New Orleans on Sunday, and then host Memphis on Monday and end the season at home on Wednesday against the Hornets.

While Nowitzki is focusing on the final four games, others are thinking about the future.

“We have a lot of room to improve,” owner Mark Cuban said. “We are what our record says we are.

“But we’ve got some good pieces that know how to play and can help us and will be able to help us next year. Barring injury we should be better, no matter what.”