Mavericks center Brendan Haywood will not play Friday at Sacramento because of his sprained left ankle, again leaving Dallas shorthanded in the middle, coach Rick Carlisle said during his weekly appearance on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM's Galloway & Co.
Brandan Wright is not on the trip due to a concussion, so Ian Mahinmi will get his third consecutive start in the wake of Haywood's injury. Sean Williams, recalled from the D-League on Sunday, will again serve as the primary backup.
Carlisle said he's hopeful that Wright, who sustained the concussion a week ago at New Orleans, can begin physical activity when the team reconvenes for practice in Dallas on Monday.
On another injury front, guard Delonte West, out since Feb. 15 when he broke his right ring finger, will be evaluated early next week and is getting closer to making a return, Carlisle said. How close remains uncertain. West had surgery a few days after the injury to have stabilizing pins inserted into the finger. He can't return to any basketball activities until the pins are removed.
"He's going to be evaluated Monday when he gets back," Carlisle said about West, who is traveling with the team. "If things are doing well, there's a possibility he can get the pins out and if it needs another week or whatever it before we look at another set of X-rays or whatever it is, then it will have to be another week. We'll keep our fingers crossed on that one and go from there."