Stock Report: Darren Collison up; Dominique Jones down
Darren Collison – We could have gone with Dirk Nowitzki, who looked a lot more Dirk-like over the last two games, but there was never any doubt that the big German would eventually work his way back into form. There was plenty of doubt about Collison after the Mavs gave up on him as their starting point guard less than a fifth of the way into the season. The only reason he got his job back is because Derek Fisher decided to return to his rocking chair, and it still took coach Rick Carlisle a couple of games to commit to Collison over Dominique Jones. In five games since then, Collison has averaged 17.2 points, 5.4 assists and only 1.8 turnovers while shooting 51.5 percent from the floor and hitting half of his 3-point attempts. It’s still quite a stretch to envision Collison in the Mavs’ long-term plans, but he deserves credit for being professional and productive in a situation that would have prompted a lot of players to pout.
Dominique Jones – DoJo seems to have landed in the doghouse that Carlisle claims doesn’t exist. Jones has played a grand total of 12 minutes over the last four games, losing the backup point guard role to Rodrigue Beaubois and falling out of the rotation. Maybe it’s just a coincidence, but the swift decline in Jones’ playing time occurred around the time that Carlisle admitted screaming in the faces of a couple of players at practices and shootarounds. When Carlisle made that public admission, he threatened suspending players who continued to fail to execute their responsibilities. Carlisle backed off that a couple of days later, surely knowing he’d face the wrath of the NBA players association if he followed through on the threat, but the NBAPA can’t stop him from banishing players to the end of the bench. Jones didn’t take off his warmups during the Mavs’ two-game road trip.
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