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Beaubois out, Stevenson in as playoff starter in Dallas

Apr 15, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

DeShawn Stevenson Reuters

And this is where Dallas really misses Caron Butler

After Rodrigue Beaubois struggled as the team’s starting two guard since returning from an injury, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle has decided to put DeShawn Stevenson back in as the starter, according to Tim MacMahon at ESPN Dallas.

While Carlisle went Belichick and tried to hide his intentions, it was pretty obvious what was going down. And mostly it is Beauois that is going down for now.

“Things change,” Carlisle said. “And you’ve got to be judged by performance. I think the last time I said, ‘I’m sticking with this kid’ was over a week ago. Some things have changed in that period of time. That’s just the way it is.”

Beaubois is potentially dynamic, the kind of quick and creative player the Mavericks really need. Except he hasn’t been, he’s looked like a guy who had all his confidence taken away. He has shot just 42.2 percent (down from 51.8 last year), and is shooting 30 percent from three (down from 40). He can’t hit from the midrange and his turnovers have increased. Carlisle gave Beaubois every chance to earn the starting job, but now that the games really matter he’s going back to what worked.

Stevenson worked, and his teammates are glad to have him back as a starter.

“He’s so solid, man — just defensive presence, understands our defensive scheme, being able to knock down open shots, he’s not going to get out of his box, he’s going to make the right pass, just that person on the court that’s just solid,” center Tyson Chandler said. “We need more that.”

Solid is good. Better than what Roddy B. was giving them. But will solid be enough against a dynamic and confident Trail Blazer team?

  1. jjared1101 - Apr 15, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    This is the right move. Beaubois was great last year, but he just hasn’t had the practice and training camp that he needed to coming back from that foot injury. Already being somewhat raw, not getting a full training camp has really hurt him in defensive schemes. Stevenson will provide outside shooting and good defensive play on the other end. Nothing spectacular, but it makes everyone else’s job easier not having to tell Roddy what to do on every other play.

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