DALLAS _ A rule change in recent years will help Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle out of a tough situation.
When teams hand in their playoff roster, the NBA used to make them determine which 12 players would be on their active roster. And that active list remained the same regardless of how deep a team advanced in the playoffs.
But coaches complained and the league finally relented. Now, teams can change their active roster from one playoff game to another.
That’s a good sign for the Mavs, who believe they have 13 bonafide players who can truly help them in the postseason. Now, at Carlisle’s discretion, he can now use all 13 of those players in the playoffs.
And even a 14th if Caron Butler can somehow defy odds and return at some point in the playoffs.
If the new rule hadn't been in place, Brian Cardinal, DeShawn Stevenson and Corey Brewer would probably have been the candidates to become the one player left off the active playoff roster.
-- Dwain Price
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