The Dallas Mavericks fans will have to wait for Dereck Lively II to return to action as he is set to miss Game 4 of the Western Conference finals against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

According to NBA insider Chris Haynes, Lively II will miss Game 4 due to a neck sprain, dealing a blow to the Mavericks’ depth in the crucial matchup.

With the Mavericks holding a commanding 3-0 lead in the series, Lively II’s absence adds to the challenges they face in closing out the Timberwolves.

While Lively II’s availability remains uncertain, there’s a glimmer of hope for Dallas as veteran forward Maxi Kleber is listed as questionable for Game 4.

Throughout the postseason, Lively II has been a valuable asset off the bench, contributing 8.5 points and 7.1 rebounds in just over 21 minutes per game.