Mavs C Haywood active for Game 4 of NBA finals

Dallas Mavericks backup center Brendan Haywood was on the active

roster for Game 4 of the NBA finals on Tuesday night despite a hip

injury that kept him out of the previous game.

Haywood strained his right hip during Game 2 against the Miami


Through rest and treatment, the swelling had gone down enough

that Haywood said Tuesday morning he might return. He was expected

to test his injury by running full speed and changing directions,

but coach Rick Carlisle said he wasn’t sure whether that had been


Carlisle said he expected adrenaline to help push Haywood

through whatever pain he was still feeling.