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Brendan Haywood will be active

Mavericks center Brendan Haywood, who missed Game 3 with a strained right hip flexor, will be active for Game 4.

"The plan is that we'll give it a shot and hopefully it will go well," coach Rick Carlisle said. "But we'll see. He's worked hard to reduce the swelling. He's had multiple MRIs, all that stuff. So we've worked up to this. We obviously need him."

Haywood is averaging 3.3 points per game in the postseason, but he's become a physical presence inside. Carlisle used a smaller lineup in Game 3 with Haywood out of the lineup and had to give forward Shawn Marion more minutes than he wanted to. He also played Ian Mahinmi, who played eight minutes, but drew five fouls and grabbed one rebound.

Marion played 43 minutes in Game 4 and scored 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting from the floor. Marion, who has been a positive force on defense, grabbed four rebounds.

If Haywood is able to participate, it should help Marion get fewer minutes.

"Right now, Marion is playing too many minutes," Carlisle said. "That's something I have to look at, take a hard look at. There are different ways we can alleviate that. It's a very difficult to ask him to be in a stance and guard the best players on the planet for 43 minutes and hey, go score and do what you do at the other end. That's on me."