Devean George will be in the starting lineup tonight in place of the injured Josh Howard, and he has some shoes to fill. Howard's been great at jump-starting the Mavericks early, but coach Rick Carlisle said it's not up to one guy to replace Howard.
"We need multiple guys to pick up the slack," Carlisle said in his pregame talk. "Josh's one of the best I've ever seen to start games."
Still, George was ready for the challenge.
"Hopefully I'll provide an early spark in the defensive gam, knock a few shots down and make it tough on their scorers."
-- Tracey Myers