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Friday, April 15th, 2011 at 9:30 am  |  17 responses

DeShawn Stevenson Will Start for Dallas in the Playoffs

Sorry, Roddy Beaubois. But DeShawn has taken your spot in the starting lineup for the postseason. From ESPN: “Carlisle wouldn’t commit to continuing to use DeShawn Stevenson as the starting shooting guard, as was the case for most of the season while Beaubois slowly recovered from a broken foot and again in the regular-season finale. But it’s clear from listening to Carlisle and the team’s key veterans that it’s Stevenson’s job for the playoffs, while Beaubois will perhaps be a bit player off the bench. ‘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.’ Actually, nothing changed for Roddy B. during that period of time. That’s the problem. Beaubois’ struggles simply continued. The trend of foul trouble didn’t end. He didn’t find his offensive rhythm, averaging only 6.7 points on .368 shooting during the previous 10 games before being benched. The poor decision making didn’t improve. And Roddy B.’s fragile confidence, which Carlisle was harshly criticized for protecting by limiting Beaubois’ playing time as a rookie, plummeted … ‘[Stevenson]‘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.’ The Mavs don’t have to wonder whether Stevenson, a 6-foot-5, 232-pounder who hit half his 3-point attempts in the first two months of the season, can fit in the starting five. They have ample evidence: Dallas is 38-16 with Stevenson as a starter this season, including a 36-9 mark when Dirk Nowitzki is healthy. ‘It [sets] more of a tougher tone,’ Nowitzki said of Stephenson as a starter. ‘I always liked him, all season long. When he was starting, when Roddy was out, we had a phenomenal run there in November and December. I’m a big supporter of D-Steve. He’s just a rugged 2 guard who can guard 1s, 2s and 3s, so he’s versatile. His shot was looking really good early in the season. If he can shoot the ball like that, he’s going to be an animal for us in the playoffs.’ The Mavs haven’t given up on Beaubois. They’ve just pulled the plug on him as a starter for the playoffs.”

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  • http://www.twitter.com/nflem41 Nicolas Fleming

    ….but the kid is untouchable

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo

    and now the mavs will bring three point guards off the bench.

  • Anthony

    DALLAS IS DEF LOSN IN 5

  • http://jojo.com Max

    Goodbye Dallas, Portland in 6

  • greg

    this team is so poorly put together even if they had butler, they have 3 point guards and an smaller sg in sheshawn. why didnt they get another big guard when they obviously want roddy to play off the ball?

  • http://www.slamonline.com c_cantrell

    out in the first round.. like every other year..

  • Hursty

    greg – they had Butler. He’s 6’7 and 230. He got injured. They have Stevenson who (as it is said) is 6’5 230+. He’s a big 2 guard. They have Kidd who is 6’5. They’ve got Peja who is a 2/3 hybrid that’s 6’9. They’ve also got Marion who’ll play anything but PG and C.
    The only position Dallas doesn’t wash out with Portland (or have an advantage) is the 2 guard spot. And starting Stevenson on Wes Matthews is a great move (for now).
    Brandon Roy is coming off the bench, and Marion will check him if he’s playing off the ball. Kidd and Miller are basically a wash.
    JET, Marion, Roddy B vs Roy, Fernandez, Joel P (?) off the bench.

    Besides, anyone who says Roddy has looked 100% since he came back is just kidding themselves. He’s not healthy.
    If the playoffs come down purely to matchups, Dallas made a really good move.
    When Roy leads the Portland 2nd unit, Patty Mills plays off the ball. Mills is 6’0 max. So if Stevenson (or Marion) guards Roy, that allows JET or Roddy to matchup with Mills defensively.

    WIll things change after game 1? Probably. But if you gotta make moves, you gotta make moves.

  • Bambe

    Defense wins championships. Go Mavs.

  • T-Money

    Carlisle gotta make decisions. Bench should be Terry, Beaubois, Stojakovic and Haywood (with Mario essentially being your back up 4). Sorry Brewer, Cardinal and JJ Barea – this is the playoffs. And I could even see Beaubois losing all of his minutes if they go deeper in the playoffs.

  • Eddie

    Celtics/Grizz final. yuh boy EDDIE said it first

  • Nate C

    blow the whistle

  • http://www.double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    Gonna be a whole lotta 3′s being shot in this series.

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Lost in all this; Roddy badly sprained his ankle in the Season finale. He was playing without his usual zest anyway, playing injured in a playoff series doesn’t make much sense.
    I would commend the move if Stevenson had been in the rotation since the allstar break, but he was getting less PT when Roddy and Brewer played.
    Still think Brewer would be the better starter, athletic and can chase Wes Matthews around and still recover when Andre drives.
    Here go the Carlisle games.
    Fun!

  • bashmo

    Mavs will win this series. As upstart and fiesty of a team portland is, they cant beat the DISCO, the MVP of the Western Conference NOWITZKI

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    If Stevenson’s jumper isn’t falling anymore, they should play brewer. If the jumper is dropping, stick with Mr. Neck Tat. Simple.

  • ohgeefreeks310

    grizzlies?!?! lmfaooo no time lower than a 4 seed has gone THAT deep into the playoffs

  • MikeC.

    If this doesn’t make the case that Dirk is the MVP, then people don’t know much.

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