DALLAS -- Roddy Beaubois' driving layup in the first minute of Sunday's game was swatted away by Golden State Warriors center Ekpe Udoh. A second layup attempt a minute later didn't drop and then his first 3-point attempt with 7:48 to go in the first quarter missed, too.
Twelve seconds later, Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle gave Beaubois a quick hook. Before the second-year guard could make his way to the bench, Carlisle stopped him on the sideline and engaged him in a one-way conversation as the game played on in front of them.
"He told me to -- because at the beginning of the game I wasn't aggressive like I was supposed to be and I didn't have my focus -- just be ready to play because I wasn't ready to play," Beaubois said after Sunday's 101-73 win over the Warriors. "For sure, he wasn't happy about what he was seeing on the floor."
Carlisle didn't leave Beaubois on the bench for long, subbing him back in 25 seconds later.
"When I went out I thought, 'OK, maybe I will have to wait a couple of minutes,'" Beaubois said. "Then he put me right back in so I was surprised. I was happy to go back."
Upon his return, Beaubois drove and scored, then was called for a charge, drove and scored again and then traveled. With 3:16 to go in the first quarter, he took a seat again.
Such is the up-and-down nature of learning to play in the NBA on the fly. His line against the Warriors further exemplified the intermittent stage of his game after more than half of his season was erased by a broken foot.
He finished the Warriors game with 15 points and four assists, which could have been a half-dozen, but Jason Kidd missed two open 3-pointers off two nice drive-and-dish plays by the lanky 6-foot-2 guard taken by the Mavs with the 25th pick in 2009.
"He told me he is working on that," Beaubois said with a sheepish grin.
But Beaubois also had five fouls and five turnovers. He was 5-of-11 from the field and just 1-of-4 from beyond the arc, meaning he was 4-of-7 inside it, with all four baskets coming on driving layups.
Similarly, Beaubois' game has wavered with the difficulty level of opponent. In a three-game run that included last week's two-game road trip against Portland and Golden State, and then the Warriors again on Sunday, he averaged 16.3 points and 4.0 assists in 28.7 minutes.
"Those are tough teams, teams that have won championships before," Beaubois said. "Every game I learn, so those two games were good for me. I learned a lot and I just need to keep practicing and get ready for if we play them again in the playoffs. I need to be ready for that."
About the only unwavering aspects of Beaubois' game so far is his ability to get in the lane and in his inability to knock down to the 3. In the last five-game stretch he was just 6-of-20 (30 percent) from beyond the arc. Through 16 games, Beaubois is only shooting the 3-ball at a 31.6 percent clip, yet he's already launched 57 attempts, averaging just about a half an attempt fewer than Jason Terry per game.
Overall, Beaubois is shooting 45.9 percent, but take away the 3-ball and he's making 55 percent of his 2-point attempts.
"He's got to adjust and learn on the fly. We only have  games left, but we see how explosive he can be," Dirk Nowitzki said. "Sometimes, to me, he settles too much for his little hitch, 3-shot instead of using his speed and getting to the rim. But that's his game. He's unpredictable. Even to himself, where sometimes he doesn't know what he's going to do. That brings an element to our game that we need."
One reason he's taking so many 3s, Beaubois said, is because defenses are giving it to him. Defenders are playing off him to guard against his quick burst to the paint and are content for now to let him hoist 3s, despite the fact that Beaubois made 40.9 percent (45-of-110) from long range in 56 games as a rookie.
"I still need to make a couple more shots before they will respect my shot," Beaubois said. "This year I'm not shooting the ball very well. I just need to keep practicing and it will come back."