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Friday, February 5, 2010
Gooden seeks second-half solutions

By Tim MacMahon

DALLAS -- Drew Gooden, who has started the majority of his career, doesn't complain about his role as a reserve. He critiques his performance in that role.

And the 6-10 Gooden, who serves as the Mavs' backup center, isn't satisfied with how he's adjusted to coming off the bench. He's particularly concerned about his performance in the second half.

"I don't think I’m providing the same energy in the second half as I do when I come in the first half," Gooden said. "It's been bothering me."

The stats support Gooden's point. Here are his first and second half splits in 32 games as a reserve:

First half -- 4.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, .472 shooting percentage

Second half -- 2.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, .444 shooting percentage

Gooden is trying to figure out how to stay in a rhythm when he's sitting for such a long stretch. He'll usually come out of the game midway through the second quarter and not check back in until a few minutes remain in the third quarter.

"I've just got to find ways to get going," Gooden said.

One potential solution: Gooden is seriously considering riding an exercise bike at the beginning of the second half.