Brendan Haywood likely out vs. Suns

March, 8, 2012
Mavericks center Brendan Haywood will probably miss his second consecutive game due to a sprained left ankle.

“I don't think he's going to play tonight,” coach Rick Carlisle said after Haywood was a limited participant during the Mavs’ morning shootaround in Phoenix.

Backup big man Brandan Wright, who is recovering from a concussion suffered during Friday’s loss in New Orleans, did not make the road trip. That leaves Ian Mahinmi as the only healthy center with any significant experience with the Mavs.

Mahinmi has played well as the Mavs’ primary center since Haywood injured his ankle on the opening possession in Monday’s loss in Oklahoma City. He has averaged 11.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.5 blocks in the last two games.

Mahinmi will have his hands full with Suns center Marcin Gortat, a former Mavs free agency target who has blossomed in his first season as a full-time starter, averaging 16.2 points, 10.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks.



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Dirk Nowitzki
21.7 2.7 0.9 32.9
ReboundsS. Dalembert 6.8
AssistsM. Ellis 5.7
StealsM. Ellis 1.7
BlocksS. Dalembert 1.2