INDIANAPOLIS -- Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle was very direct in explaining why center Brandan Wright didn't play in Wednesday's 107-101 victory over the Washington Wizards.
"It was a coach's decison because he was getting killed on the boards the previous two games,'' Carlisle said before Friday's game against the Indiana Pacers. "It had been pretty specifically pointed out to
him in film sessions, and when I announced to the team that I was changing the lineup I gave the reasons.
"So it shouldn’t have been a big shock -- despite some reports.''
Prior to not playing against the Wizards, Wright started the Mavs' first eight games. In the two games Carlisle was referring to, Wright collected a season-high eight rebounds last Saturday against Charlotte, and a season-low zero rebounds last Monday against Minnesota.
Wright, though, said it was weird not playing against the Wizards.
-- Dwain Price
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