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Monday, April 16, 2012
Pregame buzz: Rodrigue Beaubois won't play

By Jeff Caplan

SALT LAKE CITY -- Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle thought there was a chance that Rodrigue Beaubois would play tonight against Utah. But shortly after Beaubois tested his strained right calf on the Jazz's home floor, Carlisle ruled the third-year guard out for a second consecutive game.

It's too bad for Beaubois, who has had two of his better performances against the Jazz, averaging 14.0 points on 57.1 percent shooting (54.5 percent on 3s) and 3.7 assists in 24.7 minutes.

And it's too bad for the Mavs, who could use Beaubois if for nothing more than to eat some minutes after Sunday afternoon's overtime loss to the Lakers. Jason Kidd logged 39 minutes, Jason Terry played 37 and Delonte West logged 39. Vince Carter should be fairly fresh after playing just 21 minutes.

Carlisle said he's hopeful Beaubois will be ready to go for Wednesday's second-to-last home game Wednesday against Houston.