Report: ZaZa will be the only Mavs starter to go against the Thunder

BY foxsports • January 13, 2016

For the second time in two weeks, Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle will send out his 'B' team on the second night of a back-to-back Wednesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

According to an ESPN report, Mavs center ZaZa Pachulia will be the team's only active starter.

Dallas lost in overtime Tuesday to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Guards Deron Williams and Wes Matthews, plus forward Chandler Parsons all logged more than 40 minutes, and 37-year-old Dirk Nowitzki played more than 38 minutes. All four will sit out the second game of what is being hailed as the Mavs' toughest four-game stretch of the season.

The Mavs (22-17) play at Chicago on Friday and at San Antonio on Sunday, with another game Monday at home against Boston.

A week ago, Parsons was the only regular starter to play at New Orleans following a double-overtime victory the previous night against Sacramento. Dallas' usual reserves stepped into starring roles and pulled out the victory.

The Mavs' challenge against Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the rest of the Thunder will be more difficult.

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