Dirk Nowitzki, Josh Howard and Jerry Stackhouse won't play tonight against the Rockets. Stack had a touch of a stomach bug earlier today -- he thinks it might have been from those Gulf oysters. "I don't know if the Gulf is really where I want to eat oysters from," Stackhouse said.
So get a look at tonight's starting lineup:
Devin Harris, Moe Ager, Eddie Jones, Darvin Ham and Nick Fazekas.
Take a good look because you won't see that lineup again.
Meanwhile, the Rockets, who haven't played in a week, trotted out their regular lineup: T-Mac, Yao, Rafer Alston, Shane Battier and Chuck Hayes.
After seven minutes of play: Rockets 26, Mavs 6. Surely Avery will find a learning tool in there somewhere.
-- Jeff Caplan