As much as the Mavs miss Kidd’s ability to orchestrate their offense, West and Beaubois can’t get caught up in trying to imitate the future Hall of Famer. They have to play their game, which begins with trying to put the ball in the basket.
Beaubois, in particular, got away from that in Saturday’s loss to the Cavaliers. He attempted only two shots in 20 scoreless minutes, looking like a guard who was trying not to make mistakes instead of one who was looking to make plays.
“Roddy wasn’t aggressive clearly and I got on his ass about it after the game and we’ve looked at film since,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said after Wednesday’s shootaround at the Pepsi Center. “Both of those guys are scoring point guards. They’ve got to always be aggressive to look to score. Otherwise, a big part of their game is missed by our team.”
Carlisle, who points out that offensive execution ranks behind rebounding and perimeter defense on his list of immediate concerns, has emphasized over the last few days that he wants the Mavs to always have an attacking mindset. That has to start with the point guards.
“It starts when we get possession,” Carlisle said. “We need to push the ball quick to try for great opportunities for our team. If we don’t have them, it preserves time on the clock for us to work the ball and keep playing. I always want our point guards to try to probe the paint and get to the rim when they can, but they’ve got to do it under control. They understand that.”
Whether they can follow the philosophy against Ty Lawson in high altitude is another matter.