Tyson Chandler improving, might go vs. Nets

DALLAS -- Mavericks starting center Tyson Chandler participated in today's practice after missing Tuesday's game and Monday's practice with a stomach illness.

Coach Rick Carlisle wouldn't rule Chandler in for Thursday night's game against the New Jersey Nets and the return of Avery Johnson and Devin Harris, but Carlisle did say it looks favorable.

"He's not completely 100 percent, but hopefully by tomorrow he'll keep improving," Carlisle said. "We hope he'll play. At this point it looks favorable, but I always hold the caveat that it may not happen for whatever reason."

The 7-foot-1 Chandler would come in handy against New Jersey's big men, including Brook Lopez (18.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg), Kris Humphries (7.4, 8.3) and rookie Derrick Favors (6.5, 5.3).