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Mavericks vs. Blazers: Delonte West, Ian Mahinmi Could Miss Game

According to ESPN Dallas' Jeff Caplan, the Dallas Mavericks could be without guard Delonte West and Ian Mahinmi for their Friday-night home game against the Portland Trail Blazers. According to Caplan, Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle said on ESPN Dallas 103.3 Galloway & Company that West stepped on a basketball during Friday's shoot around and twisted his ankle and Mahinmi is out because his fiance is close to giving birth to their child.

If West, who has missed quite a bit of time this season, is out, the Mavs would be in a tough spot at point guard.

If West is out, the Mavs will be in a pickle at point guard. Jason Kidd remains out with a strained right groin, an injury that will keep him out at least through Saturday's game at Memphis.

It would probably force Rodrigue Beaubois to start with Jason Terry capable of playing point guard as well as little-used second-year guard Dominique Jones.

Dallas is currently in sixth place in the Western Conference with a 31-24 record, but both the Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets are right behind them. This would be a bad time for a let down.

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