DALLAS -- Rick Carlisle said he's fond of the idea of playing Ian Mahimni and Brandan Wright together, but the experiment was short-lived Tuesday night after Mahimni got into foul trouble early in the second quarter.
Looking for creative solutions at power forward since he-who-must-not-be-named left, Carlisle is rolling out a new plan to play the high-flying Wright at the four with Mahimni down low.
Mahimni logged just eight minutes in the Mavs' 110-100 win over the Kings, finishing with just two points and four fouls.
"I like the concept of it, but we've got to be able to keep [Mahimni] on the floor with his fouls," Carlisle said. "We'll see. We'll move forward and do what we've got to do."
Mahimni's 7.1 fouls per 48 minutes is the 10th worst in the NBA.
If the young center can't stay in games, it means the Mavs will be forced to go with smaller lineups or give more minutes to Brendan Haywood and his banged up knee.
At 6-foot-10 with an enormous wingspan, Wright already poses matchup problems, and he said he likes playing the power forward position more.
Mavs fans could see more of the Wright-Mahimni connection when Dallas begins a four-game road trip Thursday night against a smaller Warriors lineup.
Mahimni still catching up after becoming a father
It was hard to be too tough on Mahimni after his two-point, four-foul performance. The big man was showing off pictures of his four-day-old daughter on his iPad in the locker room after the game.
Mahimni missed the past two games to be with his fiancée for the birth of their daughter, Camille.
"The birth of my girl is completely different than winning a championship," Mahinmi said. "That was great, but this right here (pointing to the picture of his daughter), this is on a whole different level."
He said he hasn't slept well the last couple nights because Camille sleeps during the day.
He should be able to get plenty of sleep as the Mavs play four road games in five days, starting with Golden State on Thursday.