DALLAS – We’ll have to wait until at least January to see the matchup of the Texas-based French blurs.
San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker will sit out Wednesday night’s game against the Mavericks after aggravating an ankle injury. He missed two games earlier this month, including the Mavs loss in San Antonio last week.
Mavs rookie Rodrigue Beaubois, who is frequently compared to Parker because he’s fast and French, didn’t play against the Spurs last week. But Beaubois has been sensational since stepping into the starting lineup when Josh Howard returned to the inactive list to continue rehabilitating from offseason ankle surgery.
Beaubois has averaged 11.7 points on 67-percent shooting in 19.3 minutes per game in his three starts, highlighted by a few wow-worthy alley-oop finishes of lobs from mentor/backcourt partner Jason Kidd. His playing time has steadily increased during that span. He made a major impact in his first crucnch-time appearance by shutting down Bucks rookie sensation Brandon Jennings in the overtime period of the Mavs’ Monday win.
“It’s a step-by-step process,” coach Rick Carlisle said of Beaubois’ development. “But as he gets more experience and continues to do good things, it’s going to facilitate more opportunities for him to be out there.”
The Mavs need Beaubois more than ever right now. Shawn Marion is expected to miss a game or two because of a twisted ankle suffered Monday night, leaving the Mavs without their top two wings and forcing them to rely heavily on a three-guard look.
“Every day, I’m learning,” Beaubois said. “That’s good.”
And it’s a lot of fun to watch.