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NBA Finals: Haywood game-time decision again

Posted on: June 7, 2011 12:52 pm
Edited on: June 7, 2011 4:36 pm

Posted by Matt Moore

DALLAS -- Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said backup center Brendan Haywood is "a game-decision" for Game 4 of the NBA Finals at shootaround Tuesday. Hawyood suffered a right hip flexor strain in Game 2 last Thursday. Carlisle said Haywood "has improved" and is feeling better. Carlisle said that he would go through shootaround and they would then "see what's what." 

Carlisle admitted Haywood is important for what the Mavs do but that he was "not the reason (the Mavericks) lost (Game 3)." The question that remains if Haywood is not available is how long Tyson Chandler can tip-toe the line avoiding foul trouble and exhaustion. Chandler played over 40 minutes in Game 3 with backup center Ian Mahinmi a. struggling with foul trouble and b. struggling with getting dunked on by LeBron James. Haywood's raw physicality and comfort in the Mavericks' system is invaluable. 

On Monday, Dirk Nowitzki defended Mahinmi's play, saying he thought the young French big man played well enough in limited minutes. But Mahinmi was plagued by foul trouble and missed a point-blank layup, not to mention getting yammed on.  Haywood is more capable of keeping his rotations and stepping in for the necessary foul, while also being able to stay on the floor by not fouling. 

Carlisle's correct that Haywood was not the reason the Mavericks lost Game 3. But if Haywood cannot go Thursday night, and Chandler cannot stay out of foul trouble, the Mavericks may find he's a big reason they're in a 3-1 hole, virtually ending this series before their time at home is through.

Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 1:37 pm

NBA Finals: Haywood game-time decision again

the picture above pretty much sums up what the rest of this series is going to look like. dirk and the rest of his team being smushed/crushed/squashed/whatever word similar to these etc. as much as I'd like to see a 7 game series, that isn't happening this year

Since: Apr 6, 2010
Posted on: June 7, 2011 1:31 pm
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Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 1:15 pm

NBA Finals: Haywood game-time decision again

I think Haywood is probably done for the year but it really does not matter Dallas has no answer with or without. Terry opening his mouth took care of any last hope because the heat are going to unleash the crakin tonight.

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