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Sunday, March 17, 2013
Elton Brand starts; Chris Kaman benched

By Tim MacMahon

DALLAS -- Add one more starting lineup that the Mavs have used this season.

Rick Carlisle went with his 21st starting lineup of the season for Sunday night's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, benching center Chris Kaman for Elton Brand.

Kaman's playing time has been a sore subject recently. He expressed displeasure after being benched 2:14 into last week's win over the Milwaukee Bucks. Carlisle essentially apologized for starting Kaman in that game, saying it was a bad matchup for the big man.

Kaman played only 5:45 in Friday's win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Mavs are 8-9 when Brand starts this season, including 3-2 when he starts at center. Brand has struggled offensively as a starter, averaging only 5.6 points on 34.3 percent shooting.