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Kidd: Odom makes Lakers 'a little better'

Updated: May 6, 2011, 9:43 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks don't necessarily think that Ron Artest's suspension for Game 3 will hurt the Los Angeles Lakers.

Dallas coach Rick Carlisle and point guard Jason Kidd pointed out that Artest's absence, which is his punishment for a blatant cheap shot at J.J. Barea in the final minute of the Mavs' Game 2 win, might mean more minutes for Sixth Man of the Year Lamar Odom.

Lakers coach Phil Jackson had been coy about who will replace Artest in the starting lineup, ...

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