SACRAMENTO Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle pointed out that Thursday was just another example of him finding a way to get Anthony Morrow on the floor.Morrow played 13 minutes against the Denver Nuggets and scored seven points on 3 of 5 shooting. The five-year veteran basically got his minutes at the expense of O.J. Mayo, who was in foul trouble all night before fouling out with 1:48 left in the game.“I thought coming into the game that he’d be a guy that we might look at for a few minutes because of the altitude,” Carlisle said of Morrow. “When O.J. got the quick fourth foul [with 11:02 remaining in the third period] we could have gone with Vince Carter, but if you do that, then the rotation is all messed up.“Then we’d end up with [Carter] getting into the low 30s with minutes, which we just can’t have.”Morrow hasn’t played much since the Mavs acquired him from the Atlanta Hawks on Feb. 21 for Dahntay Jones. But Carlisle likes the fact that he works hard and has always remained focused.“[Morrow] has been ready to play when we’ve called on him,” Carlisle said. “The Atlanta game two or three weeks ago, he went in there and played terrific.“He knows what he’s doing, he knows how to play. So he’s a good option for us in that situation.”James back homeA former staff sergeant with the U.S. Air Force, rookie center Bernard James met with Air Force personnel before Friday’s game against the Sacramento Kings.James spent a considerable amount of his time stationed at Beale Air Force base in Sacramento.“That was my home station the whole time,” James said. “Of course I had deployments, but I always came back to Beale.’’James spoke with the Air Force personnel and also took a few pictures with them.“It brought back some memories,” he said. “A lot of those guys are brand new — getting to the base within the last year —so I know exactly how they’re feeling right now.“They’re kind of learning the area. Most of them are probably getting ready to be deployed pretty soon. I’m glad they were able to make it out.”Beale is where James began taking basketball seriously.“That was the first time I played competitively was on the intramural team out there,” James said.Brand sidelinedCenter Elton Brand missed his second straight game Friday when he sat out the game against the Kings with a sore right calf.Brand’s absence was noticeable during Thursday’s 95-94 loss to the Denver Nuggets.“We miss his physical strength, his rebounding abilities, and he’s one of our better help defenders,” Rick Carlisle said. “He has the ability to get it going from mid-range and around the basket, so that’s a loss when we don’t have him.“We’ve just got to make up for him. Other guys have to pick it up, and other guys got to be ready.”Brand is third on the Mavs with 6.1 rebounds per game in only 21.6 minutes per contest.
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