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Why stick with DeShawn Stevenson?

DALLAS -- If you just look at his line in the box score, Game 2 seemed like a strange time for DeShawn Stevenson to play his most minutes of this postseason.

Stevenson's stroke certainly didn't earn him extra burn. His shooting woes continued with a 1-of-6 night, with every shot launched from 3-point range.

So why stick with Stevenson for 28 minutes? Simple. Dallas is desperate for defensive stops.

"Stevenson is doing the best job on [Kevin] Durant of just staying in his stance and just making it tough on him, so that was the reason," coach Rick Carlisle said. "I love the way he's battling."

The decision to extend Stevenson's minutes certainly didn't cost the Mavs the game. The score was even with him on the floor.