Brendan Haywood uncertain for Knicks

March, 5, 2012
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Brendan Haywood said he suffered a "simple sprain" to his left ankle. He said there is a little swelling and that he'll wait to see how it responds Tuesday morning before determining if he can play against Tyson Chandler and the New York Knicks back home on Tuesday.

Haywood left the game just 31 seconds in after driving past Thunder center Kendrick Perkins and then landing on his foot. Haywood missed the shot and in what would become a theme in the Mavs' 95-91 loss, Haywood thought he was fouled.

"He rode me the whole way to the basket," Haywood said.

Ian Mahinmi, who has been riding a lot of pine in recent weeks, stepped up big in relief, scoring 13 points -- all in the first half -- and added five rebounds, two assists and two steals.

He thought he had a second block with 46.2 seconds to go, but he was called for a foul on Thunder forward Serge Ibaka. Mavs coach Rick Carlisle criticized the call afterward, believing it to be a clean block.

"I don’t think so either," Mahinmi said. "I thought that I jumped straight up and I went for the ball. I didn’t think it was any body contact. I got a good swipe at the ball. I didn’t think it was a foul."



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