Mavericks' Beaubois teases coaches, fans ... again

Posted Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013  comments  Print Reprints
A

Have more to add? News tip? Tell us

DALLAS -- One of the positives for the Dallas Mavericks that came out of Friday's 113-107 loss to the San Antonio Spurs was the superb play of point guard Rodrigue Beaubois.

In only 16 minutes off the bench against the Spurs, the 6-foot-2 playmaker scored a team-high 19 points, was 6-of-8 from the field, including 2-of-3 from 3-point range, and was in attack mode all night.

From coach Rick Carlisle's perspective, Beaubois' efforts were enormous and maddening.

"I'm a longtime supporter of his, and when he does things like he did [Friday], he tells on himself," a frustrated Carlisle said. "He basically says, 'Hey, this is what I can do.' And when he doesn't give it to us all the time, that's where the problem is."

The Mavs will be wrestling mightily with the problem when Beaubois becomes a free agent on July 1. Last Sunday when the Mavericks faced the Orlando Magic, they placed him on the inactive list.

"I think that when he was deactivated for the Orlando game that got his attention," Carlisle said. "But look, it shouldn't have to be like this.

"We have 39 games left and I'm very open-minded about everything, believe me. And we need to see him doing this every time he steps on the floor ...and he's certainly capable."

Carlisle said Beaubois has the skills to challenge Mike James for the backup point-guard spot, and even challenge Darren Collison for the starting spot. That's how much he believes in Beaubois' talents.

"He had a good practice [this past week]," Carlisle said. "A particularly good practice Thursday, which led to my decision to activate him [Friday].''

Carlisle is hoping Beaubois can string together back-to-back impressive games when the Mavs (18-25) entertain the Phoenix Suns (15-28) at 6:30 tonight at American Airlines Center.

Dirk's silver lining

Owner Mark Cuban expressed dismay that Dirk Nowitzki's streak of playing in the Al-Star Game has ended at 11 seasons in a row.

"I think now he'll be happy to take the time off and just catch up, play married guy, but it's unusual," Cuban said. "We were talking about planning what I was going to do at the All-Star Game.

"I said, 'Well, I don't know if I'm going to stay for the game now.' Usually I get a suite and have all of Dirk's friends and my friends up there and we watch Dirk play his seven minutes, but it'll be different, but that the way it is.''

The All-Star game will be held Feb. 17 in Houston.

Ravens fan

Mike James will be pulling for linebacker Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens to beat the San Francisco 49ers in next Sunday's Super Bowl.

It will be the final game of Lewis' career, and a victory would be a grand way to send Lewis into retirement.

"For his 17-year career how many times have you heard him being injured, how many times have you known for him to complain?'' James asked. "Plus, he's a man of God, and I always bet on a man of God.

"He can play another three or four years if he wants to, but I'm pretty sure his family is tired of him complaining about how bad his body hurts. It'll be great for him to go out on top, and it's beautiful how his team wants to win it for him."

Dwain Price, 817-390-7760

Twitter:@DwainPrice

Looking for comments?

We welcome your comments on this story, but please be civil. Do not use profanity, hate speech, threats, personal abuse or any device to draw undue attention. Our policy requires those wishing to post here to use their real identity.

Our commenting policy | Facebook commenting FAQ | Why Facebook?





Tuesday, September 02Full Scoreboard
Cincinnati0Bottom 6th | Box
Baltimore5@theBallpark | TV: FSN-OH, MASN
Detroit «4Final | Box
Cleveland2
Boston «9Final | Box
NY Yankees4
Philadelphia «4Final | Box
Atlanta0
NY Mets «8Final | Box
Miami6
Toronto «8Final | Box
Tampa Bay2
Milwaukee1Top 9th | Box
Chicago Cubs7@theBallpark | TV: FSN-WI, CSN-CHI+
LA Angels3Top 9th | Box
Houston8@theBallpark | TV: FSN-W, CSN-HOU
Texas1Final | Box
Kansas City «2
Chicago WSox3Bottom 9th | Box
Minnesota3@theBallpark | TV: CSN-CHI, FSN-N
Pittsburgh4Top 9th | Box
St. Louis6@theBallpark | TV: ROOT-PIT, FSN-MW
San Francisco10Top 7th | Box
Colorado7@theBallpark | TV: CSN-BA, ROOT-RM
Seattle4Top 5th | Box
Oakland0@theBallpark | TV: ROOT-NW, CSN-CA
Washington0Top 5th | Box
Los Angeles0@theBallpark | TV: MASN 2, SportsNet LA
Arizona1Top 5th | Box
San Diego0@theBallpark | TV: FSN-AZ, FSN-SD
Full Scoreboard
Tuesday, September 02Full Scoreboard
No games today
Full Scoreboard
Week 1Full Scoreboard
Thursday
Green Bay 8:30 PM ET
Seattle TV: NBC
Sunday
New Orleans 1:00 PM ET
Atlanta TV: FOX
Cincinnati 1:00 PM ET
Baltimore TV: CBS
Buffalo 1:00 PM ET
Chicago TV: FOX
Washington 1:00 PM ET
Houston TV: FOX
Tennessee 1:00 PM ET
Kansas City TV: CBS
New England 1:00 PM ET
Miami TV: CBS
Oakland 1:00 PM ET
NY Jets TV: CBS
Jacksonville 1:00 PM ET
Philadelphia TV: CBS
Cleveland 1:00 PM ET
Pittsburgh TV: CBS
Minnesota 1:00 PM ET
St. Louis TV: FOX
San Francisco 4:25 PM ET
Dallas TV: FOX
Carolina 4:25 PM ET
Tampa Bay TV: FOX
Indianapolis 8:30 PM ET
Denver TV: NBC
Monday
NY Giants 7:10 PM ET
Detroit TV: ESPN
San Diego 10:20 PM ET
Arizona TV: ESPN
Full Scoreboard
Tuesday, September 02Full Scoreboard
No games today
Full Scoreboard