DeJuan Blair received his second consecutive start at center Saturday in place of Samuel Dalembert and drew the defensive assignment on Blazers All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge.

Coach Rick Carlisle said Dalembert was out of the starting lineup for Wednesday’s win at New Orleans because of matchups. Carlisle would not say if using Dalembert off the bench is designed to raise him from a recent slump but acknowledged “any move that creates a positive by-product, we welcome.”

Dalembert, in his first season with the Mavericks, has been in a rebounding slump. He entered play with only 36 rebounds in the last seven games. The Mavericks had been outrebounded in six of those games.