Brendan Haywood 'looking good'
DALLAS -- The struggling Dallas Mavericks expect to be two players closer to whole when they return from a much needed two days off.
Center Brendan Haywood and backup big man Brandan Wright are expected to play Tuesday night against the Washington Wizards when the defending NBA champions try to get back on track after losing three in a row and eight of their last 10 games.
Haywood has missed the last four games after spraining his left ankle on the opening possession of the March 5 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Haywood, whose defensive presence has been missed, participated in Monday's practice.
"I think we're looking good for tomorrow with him," coach Rick Carlisle said.
Wright, who had supplanted Ian Mahinmi as Haywood's primary backup, has missed the last six games due to a concussion suffered March 2 against the Hornets. He has been cleared medically and also participated in Monday's practice.
"Physically I feel fine," Wright said. "I'll be playing tomorrow if everything goes well."
Guard Delonte West, who has been sidelined since Feb. 15 due to a fractured right ring finger, didn't get good news during his visit to the doctor Monday. He was told that the surgically repaired finger hadn't healed enough to have the pins removed.
"It's significant bone growth, but not enough," West said.
West, who had provided the Mavs quality minutes and toughness at both guard spots, has another doctor's appointment scheduled for Friday. He also has sessions in a hyperbaric chamber scheduled for every day this week in hopes to accelerate the healing process.
"I'm optimistic," said the left-handed West, who is doing conditioning and shooting drills. "Obviously I want to be back, but I can still do all the things to be prepared when I get back on the court."