Collison, Brand Benched In Mavs’ Loss

HANG TIME SOUTHWEST — Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle looked to send a clear message and jump-start two starters Tuesday night by benching Darren Collison and Elton Brand in a game with personal meaning for both.

For Collison, it was his first chance with his new team to go head-to-head against former UCLA teammate and emerging Philadelphia 76ers star Jrue Holiday. The two were drafted four picks apart in 2009, Holiday taken 17th, and Collison 21st.

The veteran Brand played the last four seasons in Philly before the club amnestied him in the summer to wipe his $18.2 million salary this season off their books.

Early on, neither player has met expectations in Dallas. Collison has struggled with turnovers and porous defense, and Brand has struggled to do much of anything. After Saturday’s appallingly sluggish 115-89 home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, Carlisle sought a solution with a lineup shakeup, and Collison and Brand paid the price.

Both players responded Tuesday with mostly solid efforts, although Dallas still lost 100-98, its seventh defeat in the last 10 games to fall below .500 (7-8) for the first time this season.

As the Mavs head to Chicago to face the Bulls on Wednesday night, the benchings would appear to be one-game statements, at least in the case of Collison, a young player Dallas would love to develop into its long-term point guard.

“He’s our starting point guard, but tonight he came off the bench,” Carlisle said during his post-game interview. “Jason Terry was our starting 2-guard, but he came off the bench for four years. So it’s not that big a deal. The big deal is that we’ve got to quit doing the things that are making us shoot ourselves in the foot. That’s where it’s at.”

Collison finished with 12 points, six assists and five steals in nearly 30 minutes. But he was still dogged by four turnovers, including consecutive blunders in the fourth quarter, the type of mishaps that shoot teams in the foot and drive coaches crazy. Philly went on a 12-0 run to take a 91-81 lead.

Carlisle immediately yanked Collison after the second turnover, then subbed him back in 88 seconds later.

Collison did provide an immediate jolt off the bench after the starters got down 21-13 after just six minutes. He quickly converted two backcourt steals into layups and put up eight points, five assists and four steals in his first nine minutes.

“I love the way he played, and he impacted the game immediately with quickness and energy,” Carlisle said. “So I thought he was terrific.”

However, with shooting guard O.J. Mayo struggling from the floor and scoring just 11 points, the Mavs’ backcourt was again badly beaten on the defensive end with Holiday and Evan Turner combining for 40 points on 15-for-25 shooting, and 11 assists.

Brand came through with a season-high 17 points, eight rebounds, a block, a steal and no turnovers despite logging only 19 minutes, three below his already depressed season average. Rookie forward Jae Crowder got the starting nod at small forward with Shawn Marion moving to power forward.

Dominique Jones, mostly a bench-warmer in Dallas during his first two seasons, made the second start of his career in place of Collison. Jones has become Collison’s primary backup mostly by default because Rodrigue Beaubois has failed to step up.

The Mavs reportedly tried to trade Jones before the start of the season, but found no takers. The unpolished combo guard is a non-threat to unseat Collison and proved it Tuesday by missing all five of his shot attempts and committing four turnovers in less than 18 minutes.


  1. ian says:

    Try Make Vince Carter in First Five .. He will be effective for sure

  2. ian says:

    Vince Carter should be given a lot of time rather than oj mayo i guess . see the points or the added contribution that Vince made compare to OJ . I think Vince carter will be more effective if he had more minutes and show his abilities . Vince Carter is a underrated allstar .. Try make him as important in Dallas team as well as his time in NETS or RAPTORS

  3. Evan Holiday says:

    sixers rule!!!! way better than the mavs.

  4. djkfpkpfpekf says:

    mavs lack players who want to play to win

  5. Hunter says:

    Hang in there Mavs they are only 7 and 8. Once Dirk gets back things can get into a rythm and groove. As for Coach C.. I think he needs to quit with this benching guys on a whim.. I don’t think it’s working.

  6. nbadictatorship says:

    the question is will dirk ever be back same as what he was before? these injuries/ surgeries takes a great toll on these athletes, mostly dont recover back to their old form, penny hardaway, tmac, vince carter, etc etc. i wondr how it goes for dirk.

  7. Flying Raijin_41 says:

    they sorely need dirk now..with mayo struggled now they need their main guy but sad to say dirk is not ready to play..hoping i’t’s not to late for dirk to return, knowing the western conference is look at the standing it’s hard to make in the top 4..mark cuban and donnie nelson must find a way to have a good point guard now..i agree about trading beaubois for a quality guard that can help the mavs in the near future..try to get luke ridnour or j.j barea this two is a great fit for the mavericks…

  8. Angelo says:

    they still don’t have Dirk. He brings not just points but stability. Whenever he is in and the Mavs’ offense is not going anywhere, they can always play through Dirk. And having a veteran superstar on the floor could get to his teammates’ faces and make them accountable for their mistakes, especially the young ones. Right now, the Mavs players are a bit discombobulated offensively with games on the line because they don’t really know whom to turn to. Mayo is not yet ready and Vince is a bit old for long runs of high intensity minutes. The Mavs need Collison to be more focused with his decision makings and i am happy for DoJo’s improvements but his aggressiveness is also his poison at times. Dirk, please comeback soon.

  9. Chaz says:

    Carlisle has warp sense of playing mind games!!!

  10. Josh says:

    anyone else notice the dam 8 second backcourt they didn’t call at the end of the game

  11. chris says:

    well i will tell u what i think i think 2011champs is right! when dirk comes back in dec dallas is going to be around 4, 5 or 6 seed in the playoff, and im going to say this to i love the mavs, and dirk is great but i think it will be next year for dallas to go deep in the playoffs idk i hope they can this year its hard to rebuild in 1 year, it takes time for a team to click overall i think the mavericks will had a really good team when dirk comes backs and leads them the way they need to be.

  12. what happen to Beaubois? he was suppose to be their point guard of the future.

  13. 2011 Champs says:

    We are one player away (Dirk) from being a 4-5th seed playoff team…we just need to hang in there and not commet those silly turnovers.Cmon MAVS!

  14. joey boy says:

    GET RID OF Rodrigue Beaubois HE IS A JOKE!!!