Monday, January 31, 2011
Brian Cardinal starts at small forward
By Tim MacMahon
DALLAS -- Brian Cardinal is the Mavericks' starting small forward.
At least for one night.
"Who starts each night could change -- possibly every game," said coach Rick Carlisle, who declined to reveal his starting lineup for tonight's game against the Wizards until the NBA-required 16 minutes until tipoff.
The Mavs are scrambling for a starting small forward after declining to sign Sasha Pavlovic for the rest of the season. Pavlovic had started the last six games while playing on 10-day contracts, but Mark Cuban and Co. opted for roster flexibility instead of keeping Pavlovic.
There is a strong possibility that Peja Stojakovic could become the Mavs' starter at small forward, but he won't make his Dallas debut for at least a week.
Shawn Marion gets the most minutes at small forward, but Carlisle prefers him in a reserve role as part of a sixth-men combo with Jason Terry.