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Small forward: Pick a starter, any starter ...

2/1/2011

DALLAS -- Who will Dallas Maverickscoach Rick Carlisle select to start at small forward now that Sasha Pavlovic is gone and Peja Stojakovic is at least a week away from playing?

In typical Carlisle fashion, he's withholding that information until NBA rules force him to officially turn in his lineup shortly before game time when the Mavs take on the Washington Wizards at 7:30 p.m.

"We've got a lot of options," Carlisle said. "We got options, everybody from [J.J] Barea, to [Brian] Cardinal to [Shawn] Marion. And, we could start [Ian] Mahinmi."

The obvious choice is to re-insert Marion into the starting lineup, but Carlisle is fond of pairing Marion and Jason Terry off the bench. That could mean a start for one of the other reserves on a low-minute basis.

"With this team [Washington], with their size and athleticism," Carlisle said. "I mean, a lot of possibilities on paper look like they could be effective."