Mavs' Chandler out vs. Wolves

Dallas Mavericks center and top defender Tyson Chandler did not play Monday night at Minnesota. The Mavs won 108-105.

Chandler sat out a third consecutive game with a sprained right ankle. He was hopeful of returning, but the Mavs are playing it cautious as they play a string of five games in seven nights that ends with the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night. Monday night was the third game of the stretch.

The Mavs are 2-1 without Chandler during this stint and 3-3 without him overall this season.

Chandler is averaging 10.4 points and 9.4 rebounds.

Dallas next plays at New Orleans on Wednesday night and returns home to face the retooled New York Knicks with Carmelo Anthony on Thursday night.

Mavs backup center Brendan Haywood made his third consecutive start in Chandler's absence.

Jeff Caplan covers the Mavericks for ESPNDallas.com.