Mavs crossing fingers on injuries to Chandler, Ellis, Rondo

DALLAS (AP) - Tyson Chandler is out for the last game before the All-Star break, and Monta Ellis probably won't play either.

Now the Dallas Mavericks just have to hope their best defender and top scorer will be back after the week off, along with point guard Rajon Rondo.

Coach Rick Carlisle ruled out the 7-foot-1 Chandler for Wednesday's game against Utah with a left ankle sprain. Ellis, averaging 20 points per game, is doubtful with a left hip injury. The Mavericks were waiting on MRI results Tuesday.

Dirk Nowitzki says missing three starters is "obviously not perfect."

The Mavericks started Tuesday fifth in the Western Conference, in a mix of five teams separated by just 2 1/2 games from third to seventh.

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