Dallas Mavericks

Coach noted Mavs’ problems are not a rest issue

DALLAS – There are a few players with the Dallas Mavericks who are not 100 percent healthy.

But coach Rick Carlisle doesn’t plan on letting any players skip out on practice so they can possible get their bodies back in tip-toe shape.

"We’ve had way too much time off,’’ Carlisle said. "We need work.

"This is not a rest issue. This is a back-to-basics, doing-things-hard, doing-things-right issue. We made some progress today, we got to make some more progress tomorrow."

Center Tyson Chandler is one of the Mavs not operating at full strength. The 14-year veteran hasn’t been the same since suffering a left hip flexor during a Feb. 24 win over the Toronto Raptors.

Chandler missed the ensuing two games against Atlanta and Brooklyn, but has been back for the past four, although not exactly at full strength. That was very apparent during Tuesday’s 127-94 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"I feel like I get a little better game by game, day by day,’’ Chandler said. "The training staff has done a great job of kind of patching me up and getting me back right.’’

Chandler isn’t concerned about his injury being a nagging situation.

"Because I think I’ve showed the kind of response,’’ Chandler said. "I think the toughest games is those first games back.

"Now I’m just trying to get strength and mobility back.’’

Chandler has 26 double-double this season. His last one came on Feb. 20 in a win over Houston when he had 10 points and 14 rebounds.

That was two games before his injury against the Raptors.

"You know, he’s fighting through some pain,’’ Carlisle said. "There’s no doubt about it.

"But he practiced today and he’s working hard in the training room and on rehab -- things he needs to do to condition that part of his body the right way. He’s a fighter and he’s going to keep fighting.’’

Meanwhile, small forward Chandler Parsons has been back, but his still has some soreness after missing seven games with a sprained and bone bruise to his left ankle. Guard Devin Harris returned for Tuesday’s game against Cleveland after missing two games with a bruised right hand.

And forward Al-Farouq Aminu went through non-contact drills Wednesday after he injured his left shoulder against the Cavs.

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