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DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 18: Nerlens Noel #3 of the Dallas Mavericks dunks the ball against the Atlanta Hawks at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on October 18, 2017. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Dallas Mavericks center Nerlens Noel didn’t see the floor Saturday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and head coach Rick Carlisle had a simple explanation for why the springy center was left on the bench.

“Minutes are earned,” he said after the Mavericks’ 111-104 loss, according to’s Tim MacMahon.

Noel’s benching came one game after he saw what was then a season-low six minutes in a 113-99 win over the Washington Wizards.


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