Tyson Chandler to sit out again

March, 7, 2011
3/07/11
6:20
PM CT


Mavericks center and top defender Tyson Chandler won’t play tonight at Minnesota as Timberwolves forward Kevin Love seeks to tie Moses Malone’s record of 51 consecutive double-doubles.

Chandler will miss his third consecutive game with a sprained right ankle. He was hopeful he could return tonight, but the Mavs are playing it cautious during a stretch of five games in seven nights that ends with the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night.

The Mavs are 1-1 without Chandler during this stint and 2-3 without him overall this season.

Chandler is averaging 10.4 points and 9.4 rebounds.

Dallas next plays at New Orleans on Wednesday night and return home to face the re-tooled New York Knicks with Carmelo Anthony on Thursday night.

Love, the first-time All-Star for the moribund Timberwolves is averaging 20.9 and 15.7 rebounds. A double-double tonight will tie him with Malone, who reached 51 in a row during the 1978-79 season.

Mavs backup center Brendan Haywood is expected to make his third consecutive start in Chandler’s absence.

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POINTS
Dirk Nowitzki
PTS AST STL MIN
21.7 2.7 0.9 32.9
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsS. Marion 6.5
AssistsM. Ellis 5.7
StealsM. Ellis 1.7
BlocksB. Wright 0.9