WFAA Sports Blogger
Posted on October 7, 2012 at 11:43 AM
It’s apparent that this is a make or break season for Rodrigue Beaubois. The onus was on the fourth year guard, so often hampered by inconsistency and injury, to put everything together this season. A summer training regimen that included boxing among other conditioning had Beaubois in prime shape and healthy for the first time since his rookie season. He entered training camp ready to compete.
During the Mavs’ 89-84 exhibition win over Alba Berlin, Beaubois looked decent, though notably rusty like the rest of the team, as he paired with Delonte West in the secondary backcourt unit. However, in the third quarter, yet another obstacle to Beaubois’ continued development presented itself.
Beaubois collapsed to the floor with just under two minutes remaining. He sprained his left ankle after appearing to come down awkwardly on the foot of an Alba Berlin player. The Mavericks quickly called a time out and eventually helped him to the locker room. Beaubois reportedly left the arena after the game, wearing a protective boot. It will be a few days before the team will know the extent of the injury and how long it will sideline Beaubois.
Though it may seem like setbacks are common for Beaubois, they are nevertheless frustrating. He has shown flashes of brilliance throughout his career, including a 40-point game against Golden State in 2010, and has the speed and quickness that the Mavericks need coming off the bench. Luckily, Dallas has a deep guard rotation.
The Mavericks were hoping, as they have seemingly every year, that this would be Beaubois’ breakout season. It still could be. As for now, though, all anyone can do is wait. Again.
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