Posted by Matt Moore
Two days after playing just over three minutes in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, coach Rick Carlisle announced before Game 5 that Brendan Haywood would be inactive against the Heat.
In his place, the Mavericks will once again turn to inexperienced Ian Mahinmi in an attempt to control the offensive glass. Mahinmi struggled in Game 3, getting dunked on by LeBron James, missing a layup and turning in a foul-ridden performance. Mahinmi's primary responsibility is to take those fouls responsibly when necessary and just allow the Mavericks to survive long enough for Tyson Chandler to recover. Chandler will no doubt play over 40 minutes in Game 5. He was a beast in Game 4, dominating the offensive glass and helping the Mavericks control the paint as well as playing expert defense on the Heat's pick and rolls.
Carlisle joked with reporters pre-game, saying Caron Butler would be active in his stead, before saying "I'm just kidding" when all the reporters in the room just about wet themselves. Carlisle also joked about questions regarding Corey Brewer's playing time, after affirming that the young wing was ready to go, saying "I appreciate everybody asking about him, because, you know, he's obviously well thought of."
Rick Carlisle, such a kidder.