Friday, April 8, 2011
Tyson Chandler in; Jason Kidd out
By Jeff Caplan
DALLAS -- Dallas Mavericks center Tyson Chandler returned from a two-game injury absence Friday night against the Los Angeles Clippers because, he said, he's tired of watching his team lose.
However, Dallas still did not field a complete team. Point guard Jason Kidd, who did not participate in the morning shootaround, missed his second consecutive game to rest his 38-year-old body that appeared fatigued and bruised during the last six-game road trip.
Mavs coach Rick Carlisle confirmed to 103.3 FM's Galloway and Company Friday afternoon that Kidd would sit against the Clippers.
The Mavericks came into the game riding a four-game losing streak into the final four regular-season games. Chandler missed the past two games with a deep bruise after falling on his tailbone during last Saturday's loss at Golden State.
He told Carlisle after shootaround that he'll play, although Chandler said he remains sore and stiff, as well as tentative about what he'll be able to provide.
"I feel I can give them something. I don't know what it's going to be, but I'd rather be out there trying to help them," Chandler said. "It's not that I can hurt it more. It's just a pain thing and I'm limited in what I can do out there. I'll get out there and hopefully it warms up and I'll feel like I can give them something good."
Carlisle has stated the past few days that resting his veterans and regaining health to key players such as Chandler is paramount heading into the playoffs.
The Mavs' 7-foot-1 starting center, the club's defensive anchor and emotional leader, probably could take another game off, but he said reversing the losing skid and the possibility of slipping out of the No. 3 seed has persuaded him to play.
"It's just so hard for me to watch my teammates out there," Chandler said. "Right now I feel like I want to get out there and give us a chance to win. That's really what it comes down to."
Dallas entered the game 3-5 without Chandler, who is averaging 10.2 points and 9.3 rebounds.
Jeff Caplan covers the Mavericks for ESPNDallas.com.