Haywood sits out Sunday night's game

Brendan Haywood

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Mavs' back-up center Brendan Haywood didn't practice on Saturday, which means his status for Game 3 is up in the air.

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Associated Press

Posted on June 5, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Updated Sunday, Jun 5 at 8:08 PM

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Mavericks benched Brendan Haywood for Sunday night's Game 3 of the NBA finals against the Miami Heat.

Haywood left Game 2 on Thursday with a strained right hip flexor. He was in practice gear when the Mavs held their morning shootaround Sunday, but neither he nor Dallas coach Rick Carlisle offered specifics on how much he was able to do in practice.

As he left the floor, Haywood said, "game-time decision," which is the exact phrasing Carlisle used a few minutes later.

Haywood has five points in the first two games of the finals. The series is tied at a game apiece.

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