The Dallas Mavericks continue to fall night after night but hope to make a change against the Memphis Grizzlies tonight on their home court.
With their first losing season during owner Mark Cuban’s tenure set in stone, the Dallas Mavericks are merely trying to finish it on a positive note. Tonight, they will attempt to end their three-game skid as they visit the Memphis Grizzlies.
Barring nothing less than an absolute miracle, playoff hopes are essentially decimated (31-43, 5.5 GB). All that’s left to play for now is pride and clarity concerning which starters work best for coach Rick Carlisle moving forward.
Recent changes to the Lineup haven’t changed Dallas’ fortunes, though. As shown by their last two losses (92-91 vs. Oklahoma City ,121-118 vs. New Orleans ), Dallas is still putting up an admirable fight against playoff-bound teams while falling short in the waning moments.
Throughout all of these losses, Rick Carlisle and the Mavs have been able to do some experimenting with different lineups to see who will be ready for the future and who may be headed out the door. Seth Curry at point guard, Harrison Barnes back at the small forward, and frequent Nicolas Brussino sightings have all been part of the plan.
Memphis will be without All-Star center Marc Gasol (strained left foot) for the fourth straight game. However, guard Mike Conley is having the best offensive month of his career, averaging 23.4 points per game in March.
The Mavericks will have to find a way to slow down Conley to have a chance, although Curry will certainly not make his life easy on the other end of the court. Dallas always seems to find a way to hang in there with Memphis though.
A win on the road tonight would give the Mavs an 8-8 record to end the month of March and their second win against Memphis in the same timespan. Catch tonight’s game at 8:00 PM on Fox Sports Southwest and Fox Sports Southeast.