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Mavs' Roddy B states his case in loss

Rookie put advancing Spurs on edge, but Dallas waited too late to showcase his talents

Updated: April 30, 2010, 6:06 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

SAN ANTONIO -- As rookie Rodrigue Beaubois performed basketball CPR during the second quarter, owner Mark Cuban hopped out of his seat behind the bench and hollered the Dallas Mavericks fans' favorite saying these days.

"Free Roddy B!" Cuban shouted.

Too bad Cuban didn't say something, oh, about five months ago. Heck, even five games ago. Who knows what would have happened if coach Rick Carlisle didn't wait until absolute desperation had set in to give the electrifying rookie ...

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