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News » Dallas Mavericks Roster Report 2008-11-24

Dallas Mavericks Roster Report 2008-11-24

Dallas Mavericks Roster Report 2008-11-24
ROTATION: Starters -- Point guard Jason Kidd, Shooting guard Gerald Green, Small forward James Singleton, Power forward Dirk Nowitzki, Center Erick Dampier. Bench -- Guard Jason Terry, Forward Brandon Bass, Forward Shawne Williams, Guard J.J. Barea, Center DeSagana Diop, Guard/Forward Devean George.


--G/F Devean George kept saying he'd let things unfold as they may and on Friday he finally made his season debut after sitting out since the middle of the preseason with an unusual injury -- inflamed ligaments and joints -- on the top of his left hand.

He's been ready to play since the start of the last three-game road trip, but coach Rick Carlisle elected to hold him out. He finally got in the game early in the second quarter against Memphis.

"I'll take it," George said. "It's a start."

George's first play, a drive to the basket, was called a charge. He played 15 minutes and had two points and rebound and added solid defense.

--G Gerald Green says he'll likely be ready to resume practice on Sunday after he tweaked his back while taking extra shooting practice following Friday morning's shoot-around.

Green started his fifth consecutive game at shooting guard against Memphis, but played just the first 5:48. He missed all four shots, had a turnover and two fouls when coach Rick Carlisle pulled him for Jason Terry.

Carlisle started Terry in the second half, not so much because of Green's tight back, but because Carlisle chose to go with the veteran experience after the Mavs did not play particularly well in the first half.

--Early in the fourth quarter, backup point guard J.J. Barea said he was surprised to enter the game against Memphis as the shooting guard and playing alongside point guard Jason Kidd, a combo that made its debut Friday.

Coach Rick Carlisle said it's not something he planned.

"It is not. But, these games are not going to be all Rembrandts. You're going to have a Jackson Pollock once in a while, where you just splatter stuff out there and you've got to find something that works," Carlisle said, waving his arms. "So, you know, the formula was unusual."

That combo played together for more than five minutes as the Mavs maintained a 12 to 14-point lead throughout. Barea logged 19 minutes and scored nine points on 3-of-5 shooting, including a strong baseline drive to make it 70-57 in the fourth. He also had two assists and a steal.

Carlisle called Barea the key player of the game. Barea will take the compliment, but he got more of a jolt playing alongside Kidd.

"He's my point guard since I was a little kid," Barea said, "so playing out there with him was great."


--G-F Jerry Stackhouse (right heel) is out indefinitely.

--F Josh Howard (left ankle) missed his second straight game Friday.

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