Marshall logging career high in minutes

Updated: January 20, 2004, 12:05 PM ET
By By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
Having a solid starting five in the NBA is a good thing.

But having the Dallas Mavericks defeat the Sacramento Kings in the Western Conference playoffs last year partly because of an injury to Chris Webber isn't. Neither is the San Antonio Spurs defeating those same Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals last year partly because of an injury to Dirk Nowitzki.

Or didn't you notice that Webber had played 39.6 minutes a game last regular season despite the Kings having one of the deepest rotations in the league. Or that Dirk Nowitzki also played 39 minutes a game despite the Mavs possibly having an even deeper rotation than the Kings.