Brendan Haywood likely for Game 6
MIAMI -- Dallas Mavericks backup center Brendan Haywood said Saturday that he believes he can play in Game 6 despite an ailing right hip that has sidelined him for all but three minutes of the last three games.
"I definitely do," Haywood said. "I'm going to give it a shot. I'm going to give it my best."
Haywood left Game 2 with a strained right hip flexor. He missed Game 3, tried to play in Game 4, but lacked the lateral movement needed to guard the Miami Heat's Chris Bosh and the explosiveness to rebound and left after playing just three minutes.
He missed Game 5 on Thursday, but with two days off before the Mavs get their first shot to capture the championship on the Heat's home floor, Haywood said he is focused on attempting to play.
Prior to Saturday's workout, Haywood said he likely would not fully participate in the team's practice. He has continued to rehab on a stationary bike and elliptical machine, but acknowledged he won't fully know how effective he can be in a game situation until he's on the floor.
"It's hard to say when you're not playing games," Haywood said. "It's all about making athletic moves."
Jeff Caplan covers the Mavericks for ESPNDallas.com.