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Tyson Chandler unsure he can play tonight

DALLAS -- An anticipated center matchup between the Denver Nuggets' Nene and Tyson Chandler of the Dallas Mavericks might not pan out tonight.

Chandler is not sure if he'll play because his bruised tailbone remains sore, but he said it's the associated stiffness that could keep him out.

"I can deal with the soreness and all that sort of stuff,” Chandler said. “It’s more so the restriction with my movement that’s keeping me out.”

Chandler did participate in the light morning shootaround. If he's unable to play, the responsibility of guarding the quick and athletic, 6-foot-11 Nene will fall on Brendan Haywood and Ian Mahinmi.