The Dallas Mavericks got a must needed boost from their bench on Friday night. Coming off of a four game road trip and playing on the second night of a back-to-back, the Mavericks looked lifeless in the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Dallas only scored 38 points in the first half.
Rodgrigue Beaubois had his best game this season by far. Beaubois came off the bench and scored 18 points in 22 minutes. Brandan Wright and Darren Collison each chipped in 13 points as well. Overall, the bench for the Mavericks outscored Cleveland’s bench 60 – 19.
This is just another game in a stretch in which the bench for Dallas continues to play well. Vince Carter consistently comes off the bench and plays at a high level. Carter led the Mavericks in scoring Sunday against the Minnesota Timberwolves and Tuesday against the Milwaukee Bucks. This is just another example of how the Mavericks have a number of individuals who can lead the team on any given night.
Whether it’s O.J. Mayo, Dirk Nowitzki, Carter or Beaubois, Dallas has a number of scoring options.
With the season winding down, the Mavericks are going to need the bench to continue to play at a high level. On Friday night, Beaubois came into the game and energized the team. Wright has also served as a spark during the recent road trip. Rick Carlisle needs this kind of production from his bench. It will be critical for the Mavericks to be able to rest some of the older guys down the stretch, especially if they are hoping to make the playoffs. They will need the veterans rested for any type of playoff series they encounter.