The Mavericks are expected to be without center Tyson
Chandler for games Friday against Indiana and Sunday against Memphis, coach
Rick Carlisle said today.
Chandler suffered a sprained right ankle against
Philadelphia on Tuesday night. X-rays were negative. The play happened with
1:06 to go in the first half when a Sixers’ player rolled into the 7-1
center and Chandler’s right foot got turned awkwardly.
Chandler has been having a marvelous season, averaging a
double-double since Jan. 1 and more than 10 points and nine rebounds for the
season. He’s also the emotional linchpin for the team.
The news is good that Chandler’s status is being charted
in terms of games rather than weeks. He limped off the court in Philly under
his own power.
The Mavericks have four games in five nights starting Sunday
against the Grizzlies. They then go to Minnesota on Monday, New Orleans on March
9, and return home to play New York on the following night.