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Will Marion, Howard begin season on bench?

Updated: October 15, 2009, 8:41 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon

Rodrigue Beaubois and James Singleton will start at the wings for the Mavericks in tonight's preseason game against the Detroit Pistons. Josh Howard and Shawn Marion will wear street clothes and watch from the bench.

Howard (ankle) and Marion (calf) hope to be ready for the Oct. 27 regular season opener, but coach Rick Carlisle isn't guaranteeing them a starting spot.

"They're going to have to catch up," Carlisle said. "We've got to go with the guys who are healthy and available. ...

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