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News » Dallas Mavericks Roster Report 2009-04-10

Dallas Mavericks Roster Report 2009-04-10

Dallas Mavericks Roster Report 2009-04-10
ROTATION: Starters -- Point guard Jason Kidd, Shooting guard Antoine Wright, Small forward Josh Howard, Power forward Dirk Nowitzki, Center Erick Dampier. Bench -- Guard Jason Terry, Guard J.J. Barea, Forward Brandon Bass, Guard Antoine Wright, Forward James Singleton, Guard Matt Carroll.


--F Dirk Nowitzki had an incredible night torching the Utah Jazz. Rocking in a nice rhythm, he had all 31 points in just three quarters on 12 of 18 shooting.

Playing at a high level all season, Nowitzki is coming through big-time in big ball games.

Nowitzki, playing with his father in attendance, scored 20-plus points for the 21st consecutive game, tying Dwyane Wade for the longest streak of the season.

On Wednesday, Nowitzki killed the Jazz with 19 points on 6 of 7 shooting in the third quarter, as the Mavs never let Utah in the game.

During a decisive 25-10 run in the second half, Nowitzki had 11 points.

--F Josh Howard is trying to gut out the rest of the season on a left ankle that always seems sore and is only a twist away from placing perhaps the Mavericks' most important player for the postseason back on the bench.

Or a poke to the eye. Howard took some blows to the face Wednesday, but he got back in the action quickly with a bandage above his heavily swollen left eye as well as tissue hanging out of a bloody nostril.

He had an off night offensively, but very encouraging to the Mavs was his eight rebounds and a career-high seven steals.

Yes, seven steals, showing he's being active in other ways than just the offensive end. Howard had to sit out Friday's game at Memphis because of more swelling in the left ankle after he returned two games earlier. He came back and played well in the blowout over the Suns. With two days rest he was on the court in Wednesday's hugely important game against Utah and played more than 27 minutes.

"Josh wants to play. It's been very frustrating for him, but this is a situation we have to manage as a franchise intelligently," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. "We've got to try to keep him tuned up to play, but we can't overdo it and get the ankle swollen and sore again. It just doesn't work."

--C Erick Dampier loves to play against teams with no real center. Utah falls in that category with Mehmet Okur, a center by name only, who prefers to play on the perimeter and isn't nearly bulky enough to bang with Dampier.

Dampier had 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Mavs would take both totals every night. But, they also got more from Dampier, the kind of production that doesn't show up in a box score.

All game against the Jazz, Dampier opened the offensive floor for the Mavs with his muscular, 6-foot-11 frame, giving Nowitzki and others open space to work and score at will.

The next two games against New Orleans should be interesting with Hornets center Tyson Chandler still sidelined by injury.


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

G/F Devean George (right knee) is out for the rest of the season.

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