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Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Fountain of Youth: Rodrigue Beaubois gets new life

By Jeff Caplan

Our weekly look at the Mavericks' young players:

DALLAS -- If Rodrigue Beaubois is going to make a serious case for playoff minutes, the time is now.

Fresh off a DNP-CD last Friday at Orlando, his sixth of the season and first since Feb. 13 -- interestingly, his last two DNP-CDs bookend Delonte West's last game prior to his finger injury and his second game back -- Beaubois is again in the lineup now that Jason Kidd is out.

Beaubois didn't have much of a game Monday against the Clippers and he said he has to concentrate on playing to his strengths as a scorer and not trying too hard to be a facilitator like Kidd.

"I think that (Monday night) I think too much about it and I'm not supposed to. I mean J-Kidd is J-Kidd; I'm not J-Kidd, I have to play my game," Beaubois said. "Everybody has to step up their game but play their own game and not try to play like J-Kidd. I think we need to play together, but the way we know how to play."

It certainly seemed as if Beaubois' spot in the rotation was in jeopardy with West's return. Beaubois scored 14 points with five assists in 27 minutes last week at Houston, but then logged a scoreless 15 minutes at Miami that bought him a one-way ticket to the bench in Orlando.

"As a player you always want to play so when you don't play, obviously, it is something that you don't like," Beaubois said. "The coach is going to decide who he wants to play' and I have to be ready when he calls my name."

Beaubois has at least the three remaining games this week, starting tonight against Memphis, to state his case. And with just 12 regular-season games remaining and sweeping changes coming to the roster in the summer, it's not far-fetched to wonder if the the third-year guard is playing out his final games in a Mavs uniform.

Whatever the case, Dallas could use a shot of confident Roddy B right about now.