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Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Blair starts over Dalembert; Calderon playing again

By Tim MacMahon

NEW ORLEANS -- Dallas Mavericks center Samuel Dalembert has been benched in favor of DeJuan Blair.

Blair, who is averaging 8.5 points and 7.8 rebounds off the bench, is starting Wednesday night against the New Orleans Pelicans. The move was described as a coach's decision.

Owner Mark Cuban mentioned pregame that the Mavs needed Dalembert to play better. He's averaging 7.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocks but has not been the defensive force the Mavs hoped he'd be when they signed him to a two-year, $7.6 million deal.

Point guard Jose Calderon is starting a second consecutive game despite a bone bruise in his right ankle. After missing one game, Calderon returned for Tuesday night's win over the Charlotte Bobcats, scoring 12 points in 33 minutes. However, he was limping noticeably after the game and coach Rick Carlisle said Calderon would be a game-time decision against the Pelicans.