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Friday, February 26, 2010
J-Kidd and his eight Dallas sidekicks

By Marc Stein

DeShawn Stevenson became the eighth starting shooting guard for the Mavericks’ this season with Wednesday’s start against the Lakers.

Only seven different players started in the backcourt next to Jason Kidd last season.

J.J. Barea has a team-leading 16 starts at the two spot alongside Kidd this season, followed by rookie Rodrigue Beaubois with 13 and Jason Terry with 11.

The other five Mavericks to get a crack as the starting two guard: Josh Howard (six), Caron Butler (five), Quinton Ross (four), Shawn Marion (one) and Stevenson, who logged 24 solid defensive minutes in Dallas’ 101-96 victory over L.A.

Butler is expected to move back into the starting lineup Friday at Atlanta after sitting out Wednesday’s victory over the Los Angeles Lakers because of an adverse reaction to medication.