Lamar Odom Rejoins Mavericks Lineup

March 25, 2012 by staff 

Lamar Odom Rejoins Mavericks Lineup, Lamar Odom’s absence from the Dallas Mavericks’ rotation was a one-game hiatus. A day after sitting out because of a coach’s decision for the first time in his 13-year career, Odom played Saturday night in a 101-99 overtime win against the Houston Rockets. He grabbed two rebounds but didn’t score or have an assist and also committed a turnover in 13 minutes of play.

“Hey, he’s trying his ass off,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. “That’s all we can ask of him.” Odom was the first man off the Mavs’ bench, checking into the game with 7:47 remaining in the first quarter after Shawn Marion picked up two quick fouls. He played only four minutes in the second half.

“It was quick, but it was cool,” Odom said of his outing against the Rockets. “We won. That’s all that matters.”

Odom didn’t play in Friday night’s loss against the San Antonio Spurs because Carlisle said he wanted to “look at a different rotation.” Odom, who had never sat out a game due to a coach’s decision before in his 13-year career, was coming off the worst game of his disappointing season: a one-point, one-rebound, one-assist, 24-minute outing in Wednesday’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

However, Carlisle indicated that he plans for Odom to have a role for the rest of the season.

“His minutes are valuable,” Carlisle said before Saturday’s game. “We’re (0-6) without him. Regardless of what you read into statistically, there’s a correlation there to our success. We’ve got a relatively short period of time here, but I think the thing that’s important to identify (is) it’s not about Lamar. It’s not about any individual guy or any of that kind of stuff. It’s about winning games.”

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