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Friday, April 6, 2012
Delonte West, Ian Mahinmi could be out

By Jeff Caplan

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said Delonte West stepped on a basketball during Friday morning's shootaround and twisted his ankle, leaving his status for tonight's game against Portland uncertain. Carlisle revealed the news on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM's Galloway & Company.

Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle discusses Friday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Rodrigue Beaubois' play of late and whether he's ever had a player try to get him fired.

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Also, backup center Ian Mahinmi might be unavailable because his wife is close to giving birth to their child.

If West is out, the Mavs will be in a pickle at point guard. Jason Kidd remains out with a strained right groin, an injury that will keep him out at least through Saturday's game at Memphis.

It would probably force Rodrigue Beaubois to start with Jason Terry capable of playing point guard as well as little-used second-year guard Dominique Jones.