DALLAS – When the Dallas Mavericks played the Nuggets in Denver on Mar. 5, things got off to such a horrific start that coach Rick Carlisle seriously considered subbing his entire starting lineup with five new players.
But he didn’t.
The Mavs were down 10 points less than five minutes when the thought crossed Carlisle’s mind to bench his starters.
Although Carlisle wouldn’t admit if a similar thought crossed his mind Wednesday when the Mavs fell behind Minnesota 32-19 late in the opening quarter, he did shuffle a bunch of players in and out of the lineup in the first 12 minutes.
“I played 11 guys in the first 10 minutes (Wednesday) night trying to get a group out there that could get something going,’’ Carlisle said. “We’ll aggressively sub if we need to, but right now we’ve got to stick together.
“We’re a team that’s not a perfect team, we have our challenges. The only way we’re going to overcome them is to be together and to play together and to help one another.’’
Of the 13 Mavs who suited out against the Timberwolves, Bernard James and Shane Larkin were the only ones who didn't play in the first quarter.
-- Dwain Price
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