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Friday, January 25, 2013
Elton Brand starts; Chris Kaman benched
By Tim MacMahon
DALLAS -- Coach Rick Carlisle is ready to go with the numbers regarding who starts at center for the Mavericks.
in the starting lineup. He'll join guards
in the Mavs' league-high 16th starting five.
The 7-foot Kaman has started the vast majority of the games this season, including the last 23, but Brand is a much better fit with Nowitzki.
The Mavs are plus-2.0 points per 48 minutes with the Brand/Nowitzki duo on the floor and minus-11.1 when Kaman joins his former German national teammate on the court.
As Nowitzki once noted, the problem with pairing him with Kaman: "Both of us can't guard nobody."