Rick Carlisle mentioned last week that the Mavs’ rotation this season would continue to be fluid. That’s a must considering that he’s still working Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood, and DeShawn Stevenson into the mix, and that’s to say nothing of Erick Dampier’s injury that has kept him out of the lineup since February 16th.
I’m not sure it’s quite the same for the back-up point guard position, considering that both candidates have been with the team all season, but it at least makes sense of Carlisle’s rotation philosophy: play the players who deserve to play. A novel concept, right?
Last night’s game against the Timberwolves was simply the latest in the neck-and-neck race between J.J. Barea and rookie Rodrigue Beaubois, and it only confirmed what we already knew about Carlisle. Jason Kidd sat out to get some much-needed rest, leaving Barea and Beaubois to fight for minutes and opportunities.
Barea was something of a surprise starter, but his recent play has certainly warranted the nod from Carlisle. That said, under his watchful eye the Mavs came out in anemic fashion, allowing the lowly Wolves to seize momentum early. Beaubois came in to save the day, and he totaled a season (and career) high 17 points on 66% shooting with four assists. Roddy closed the game as the Mavs’ point guard, and helped the team squeak out a win despite some sub-par play.
Still, Barea turned a slow start into a decent, albeit completely unspectacular, game. So if Rodrigue started traveling towards Back-Up Point Guard City at a speed of one kilometer per minute from 65 miles away, and J.J. is going to the same destination but from a location 55 miles away and traveling at 21,160 inches per half-minute, who arrives to secure Carlisle’s trust and earn the role first?
Warriors center Anderson Varejao will miss the Rio Olympics due to a back injury.
Where will Team Brazil turn now?
Likely to Bulls center Cristiano Felicio.
Marc Stein of ESPN:
Felicio came on strong late last season. He puts his 6-foot-10, 275-pound frame to good use protecting the paint and rebounding. He showed potential as passer and mid-range shooter, too.
At age 24, he’s a candidate to break out in the Olympics.
If he’s not ready, Brazil can turn to a steady veteran at center, Nene.
Blake Griffin broke his hand punching Clippers equipment manager Matias Testi in January.
Make that former Clippers equipment manager Matias Testi.
The L.A. Clippers equipment staffer who was punched in the face by Blake Griffin during a fight in Toronto earlier this year is off the team — and will NOT be back for the ’16/’17 season … TMZ Sports has learned.
We spoke with a rep for the Clippers who confirmed Matias Testi “no longer works for the team.”
The report that Kevin Durant told Russell Westbrook he’d re-sign with the Thunder before choosing the Warriors?
Royce Young of ESPN:
I misspoke in saying that Durant specifically told Westbrook he was coming back.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Center Anderson Varejao will miss the Olympics for host Brazil because of a herniated disc in his lower back.
The Golden State Warriors announced the injury Wednesday and say that Varejao should be ready for the start of training camp but will not be healthy enough to play in the Olympics. Varejao recently experienced back pain while training with the Brazilian National Team and returned to California to be examined by Dr. Robert Watkins earlier this week.
Varejao averaged 2.6 points and 2.3 rebounds in 22 games after signing with the Warriors on Feb. 22. He re-signed with the team earlier this month.