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Brian Cardinal starts at small forward

1/31/2011

DALLAS -- Brian Cardinal is the Mavericks' starting small forward.

At least for one night.

"Who starts each night could change -- possibly every game," said coach Rick Carlisle, who declined to reveal his starting lineup for tonight's game against the Wizards until the NBA-required 16 minutes until tipoff.

The Mavs are scrambling for a starting small forward after declining to sign Sasha Pavlovic for the rest of the season. Pavlovic had started the last six games while playing on 10-day contracts, but Mark Cuban and Co. opted for roster flexibility instead of keeping Pavlovic.

There is a strong possibility that Peja Stojakovic could become the Mavs' starter at small forward, but he won't make his Dallas debut for at least a week.

Shawn Marion gets the most minutes at small forward, but Carlisle prefers him in a reserve role as part of a sixth-men combo with Jason Terry.