Mahinmi eager to face Spurs


Ian Mahinmi will be playing with a little extra motivation tonight as he prepares to take on his former teammates, according to Jeff Caplan of ESPN Dallas.

The last time the Dallas Mavericks played in San Antonio they were down a center because Brendan Haywoodwas suspended. Tonight, the Mavs could be without under-the-weather Tyson Chandler. Either way, Ian Mahinmi said he’s looking forward to seeing some minutes against his former team. 

“I know tonight’s going to be minutes for me,” the third-year French center said after the morning shootaround. “I’m going to prepare myself and I am looking forward to the game.” 

“I like playing here. It’s always good to come back against your former team,” Mahinmi said. “You always want to have a good game. Last game I had a good game and we got out of here with a win so it was a great feeling to me.”

With Dirk Nowitzki out and the possibility reduced minutes for an under-the-weather Tyson Chandler, Mahinmi should see some playing time tonight possibly playing some spot minutes defending Tim Duncan, who he guarded in Spurs practices for the last few years.

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