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Mavericks’ Carlisle frustrated enough with Collison to start Dominique Jones

Nov 27, 2012, 7:25 PM EDT

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Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle has been frustrated with point guard Darren Collison this season — just the other day Carlisle ripped Collison’s defense. Offensively Collison’s overall numbers are pretty average for a starter — 12.9 points on 43.6 percent shooting, a PER right at the league average 15. That said, Collison is getting 30 percent of his shots as the pick-and-roll ball handler and is shooting just 31.9 percent in that role, according to Synergy Sports.

So Tuesday Carlisle made a pretty bold move, starting Dominique Jones at the point instead, something I first saw in a tweet from Bryan Gutierrez and confirmed by other media. Jones has been playing just 10 minutes a game off the bench and shooting just 34.9 percent this season.

But Jones is a better and more physical defender, and with the Mavs taking on the 76ers Carlisle clearly went with somebody who might slow Jrue Holiday a little.

Rookie and PBT favorite Jae Crowder also got the start in this game, replacing Elton Brand as Carlisle went small. Carlisle is searching for something that works for is .500 team, this is Dallas’ seventh starting lineup this season.

  1. 00maltliquor - Nov 27, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Stupid. Collison isn’t a bad defender. Should know Jrue’s game and a lil’ bit on how to gaurd him since they played with each other in college for my UCLA Bruins. Plus Dominque Jones is a bum. No need to tinker with the lineup in the big D, Carlisle…your team just isn’t all that good as it has been in years past. Plus Dirk out, slow your roll and leave Collison in.

  2. dko83 - Nov 28, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Maybe he just wanted to send a message. Collison obviously the better player, probably trying to light a fire.

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