Challenge issued to Rodrigue Beaubois

March, 17, 2012
3/17/12
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DALLAS -- Rodrigue Beaubois is showing those flashes again. Two big games against two awful opponents lead to tonight's big one against Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs.

Jason Terry said tonight's matchup could have lasting effects for the Mavericks' third-year guard, who is still trying to make consistent inroads as a rotation player.

"It’s huge for him. I talk about it all the time. When you play against veteran guys and you kind of look up to them, you’ve got to make a stance," Terry said. "For him, this will be his third time playing against him [this season], and this is his time. This is going to be a defining moment in his career. Is Tony going to continue to beat him up or is he going to come out tonight and make a stand?"

Terry compared the matchup to his early days going up against fellow Seattleite Gary Payton.

"I looked up to him, I idolized him, but it came to a point where I had to man-up and go at him," Terry said. "And I did pretty good with him after that."

Terry said he hopes to see similar fight out of the French-speaking Beaubois, who has long looked up to the Spurs' dazzling French point guard. Parker is having a tremendous season and should at least be in the conversation as a league MVP, averaging 20.2 points, the second-highest mark of his career, and a career-high 8.0 assists.

Beaubois is looking to simply string together more quality appearances and do so against quality competition. Beaubois' minutes could again become quite limited when Delonte West returns from a fractured right ring finger.

"Obviously, it is a big challenge because he is a French guy and so obviously every time I play against a French guy, and he plays my position, obviously it’s a big challenge, plus he’s a great point guard," Beaubois said. "Tony Parker is one of the best point guards in the NBA, so every time I play against him I have to be ready, for sure."

Beaubois is averaging 8.9 points and 2.5 assists this season, while shooting 43.4 percent from the floor. He's scored in double figures in three consecutive games and four of his last six.

"It’s big," Beaubois said of maintaining consistency. "So that’s why I have to be very focused tonight and very aggressive and do my best for the team to win because it’s going to be a very good game, a pretty tough game, so I have to be ready to help the team."

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