Don’t expect Brendan Haywood to play in Game 5

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Officially, Brendan Haywood is a game time decision for Game 5.

Officially, I have a chance of getting a date with Minka Kelly. Both of these things have about the same chance of happening.

Which is to say, don’t expect Brendan Haywood to play in Game 5 Thursday night for Dallas. Which is what Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas tweeted Thursday.

The Mavericks will not officially shut the door on Haywood playing, in case that water they ordered from Lourdes shows up and a miracle happens. But Haywood himself said yesterday his strained hip flexor should take five or six weeks to heal and trying to play on it now just means no lateral movement. Which was not really a strength to begin with, but now Chris Bosh is blowing past him for easy buckets and Dallas can’t give those up.

But they miss Haywood’s steady play while Tyson Chandler rests. And if Chandler gets in foul trouble… just hope that doesn’t happen, Mavs fans.

We’ll tell you when it’s official. In case you are scoring at home.