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Mavs' Rodrigue Beaubois gets tough

As playoffs near, guard gains teammates' respect after returning from finger injury

Updated: April 22, 2012, 3:16 AM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

CHICAGO -- Rodrigue Beaubois squirmed on the United Center floor, grasped his left hand with the crooked ring finger and wailed. Thoughts raced that the third-year guard's luck had once again run out on the cusp of the postseason.

Or worse.

"Oh man, he was yelling," Dirk Nowitzki said, barely cracking a smile. "I thought we were going to have to put him down, he was yelling so loud. But he was all right. I looked over and his finger was just a little sidewise."

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