Friday, April 6, 2012
Pregame buzz: Delonte West plans to play; Mahinmi out
By Tim MacMahon
DALLAS -- Delonte West doesn't want to watch any more games from the bench. He's already missed a third of the season due to a gruesomely fractured right ring finger.
Now West is dealing with a fluke ankle injury, but he hopes it won't cost him any time. He's testing the ankle on the Mavs' practice floor, but he plans to play, as evidenced by the padding he put on underneath his jersey.
"These games are too important right now," said West, the Mavs' primary point guard while Jason Kidd recovers from a strained right groin. "I also don't want to hurt my team trying to be Superman."
The Mavs won't have Ian Mahinmi, who is out Friday night for the delivery of his first child. Coach Rick Carlisle said he hopes Mahinmi will rejoin the Mavs for Saturday's game in Memphis.
West has been getting treatment on his left ankle since the morning shootaround. He turned it when he landed on a ball after shooting a jumper.
"Unfortunate kind of deal," West said. "I was shooting a jumper, and the ball just came out of nowhere. I came down on it and tweaked my ankle."