Elton Brand (calf) out for fourth straight game

DALLAS -- Elton Brand isn't quite ready to return.

Brand will miss his fourth consecutive game because of a sore right calf. The Mavs thought Brand might be available for tonight's game against the Suns, but the decision for him to sit out was made after his pregame meeting with the team's medical staff.

Brand's injury is part of the reason that Chris Kaman is getting his most minutes since January. Kaman responded by averaging 14.8 points and 8.8 rebounds on the Mavs' recent four-game trip, including a season-high 26 points and 11 rebounds in Sunday's win over Portland.