DALLAS – The writing seems to be on the wall for Rodrigue Beaubois regarding his spot, or lack thereof, in the Mavs’ rotation the rest of the season.
Coach Rick Carlisle, however, indicates that isn’t necessarily the case.
“Just because he didn’t play the other night doesn’t mean that he’s not in our plans,” Carlisle said. “We’re going to need him.”
Beaubois got a DNP-CD in Orlando on Friday night. Not coincidentally, that came the day after Delonte West returned from a 5 1/2-week layoff to recover from a gruesomely fractured right ring finger.
It also came a night after Beaubois had a zero-point, zero-rebound, one-assist, two-turnover, 15-minute line in a loss to the Miami Heat, continuing a troubling trend of poor performances against elite competition for the young guard.
It’s obvious that West will play an important role for the Mavs in the playoffs. The question is whether he’ll start at shooting guard or come off the bench at point guard, but he’s likely to see significant time at both spots. The Mavs need his defensive tenacity, offensive playmaking and, um, stones, to borrow Dirk Nowitzki’s phrase after West played a critical role in Friday’s comeback win over the Magic.
Does that leave room in the rotation for Roddy B. and his flashes of brilliance?
Probably not, unless Vince Carter gets all his minutes as a small forward, but that doesn’t mean Carlisle is spewing bull when he says the Mavs are going to need Beaubois. The Mavs needed Corey Brewer during the playoffs last season. He wasn’t in the rotation, but he answered the bell when he got his shot, keying a comeback in Game 1 against the Lakers.
Maybe Beaubois can have a similar playoff moment. For now, it looks like he’s back in be-ready mode.