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When Dampier plays big, why go small?

Updated: November 12, 2009, 10:39 AM ET
By Marc Stein

Houston's visit to American Airlines Center figured to be another prime opportunity for Mavs coach Rick Carlisle to take a couple in-game looks at the most potent offensive lineup he can put on the floor: Jason Kidd and Jason Terry in the backcourt, Josh Howard and Shawn Marion at the forwards and Dirk Nowitzki masquerading as a center.

Yet we never saw that unit.

After testing that group out twice in Saturday's cakewalk against Toronto, Carlisle didn't see an opening or need ...

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