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Brendan Haywood to sit out vs. Blazers

Mavericks backup center Brendan Haywood will miss tonight's game against the Portland Trail Blazers. He is a late scratch with lower back stiffness. Haywood participated in this morning's shootaround, so his ailment occurred after that.

Haywood had been playing some of his best basketball over the last two weeks. His absence will give Ian Mahinmi a chance to get back on the floor.

The Mavs are also without small forward Peja Stojakovic, who is back in Dallas nursing a stiff neck. This will be his fourth consecutive game missed.