Surprise, surprise, the Mavericks' starting two-guard against the Spurs in about an hour will be Moe Ager. That's right, Ager, who was inactive Tuesday against Philadelphia and has played in just two games for a whopping 13 total minutes, will replace the injured Eddie Jones.
"It doesn't get any better than this, playing against one of the best teams in the NBA, on TNT, it's a great opportunity," Ager said. "I just want to go out there and enjoy myself."
Coach Avery Johnson informed the second-year guard out of Michigan State during the morning shootaround.
Jones' replacement figured to be Trenton Hassell or Jerry Stackhouse, although Johnson has been reluctant to use Stackhouse in the starting lineup, just like he's not wanted to disrupt Jason Terry's flow off the bench. Johnson did say that Hassell has not come around as quickly as he'd like.
So Ager gets the big start and a chance to really increase his stock on what is a deep roster of veteran swingmen.
"I understand we're a veteran team," Ager said. "I just keep a good attitude and be professional everyday."
Ager said his attitude and work ethic at practice is what has helped him most this season. "Practice has been my season," he said.
-- Jeff Caplan