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No surprise: Dampier's sitting

OAKLAND -- As expected, Erick Dampier will not play tonight against the Golden State Warriors.

As usual, coach Rick Carlisle kept coy with his plans for Dampier's replacement in the starting lineup. Eduardo Najera started last week against Golden State when the Mavs went with a smallball lineup. Najera had no points and one rebound in 13 minutes that night, but he did provide energy and drew three charges.

With Tim Thomas out indefinitely due to a serious family matter, Carlisle's other realistic option is to start Bay Area native Drew Gooden. The problem with that is that the Dallas second unit desperately needs Gooden's scoring punch.

UPDATE: Najera is indeed getting the starting nod again.