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Chandler suffered a contusion when he attempted to draw a charge against Golden State's David Lee during Saturday night's loss to the Warriors. He returned to the game, but coach Rick Carlisle opted not to use him down the stretch because Chandler was clearly laboring.
Chandler worked out on the Rose Garden court about an hour and a half before Sunday's game in an attempt to get loose. However, he felt too stiff and sore to play against Portland, meaning Brendan Haywood started at center after sitting out against the Warriors due to a coach's decision.
"I don't feel like it's a long-term thing," Chandler said. "It's just next-day stiffness and pain and we have two days off coming up."
This was the seventh game Chandler, who averages 10.2 points and 9.3 rebounds, has missed this season. The Mavericks (53-24 overall) fell to 3-4 without Chandler.