Injury would be blow to Rodrigue Beaubois

This is a bad time for Rodrigue Beaubois to be dealing with an injury.

A year ago, the third-year guard re-injured his left foot in the regular-season finale and missed the entire postseason. Now he's trying to earn a permanent spot in the playoff rotation with the team healthy and six games left in the regular season.

In Friday's win at Portland, Beaubois left in the third quarter with a strained right calf. He injured it in the first half and tried to play through it, only to realize he could not.

His status for Sunday's big game against the Los Angeles Lakers, a team Beaubois has struggled against in the past and who the Mavs could open the playoffs against, is uncertain.

It would be an awful time for Beaubois to miss games due to an injury. With Jason Kidd and Delonte West healthy and apparently looking like the starting backcourt and Jason Terry and Vince Carter coming off the bench, minutes are already going to be tight for fleet-of-foot Beaubois, who is averaging 9.0 points and 2.8 assists. He has yet to fully engage his natural asset, his speed to break down defenses and penetrate, and he has struggled with his outside shot all season (28.7 percent from 3-point range).

"I consider him an important part of our team," coach Rick Carlisle said prior to this road trip that started with a win Thursday night at Golden State. "At this point, I don’t know if it’s a smart thing to do to say a certain guy is in or out of the rotation. We have some fluidity to our situation right now. With Kidd just back into it we’re going to have to incrementally get him back involved and inch his minutes up, so Roddy is going to have to play."

With strong efforts, such as his back-to-back performances against the Kings and Warriors this week, Beaubois can only help his cause for postseason minutes.

He can't by wearing a suit on the bench.