Mavericks Look for a Win in Memphis Before Turkey Day
By Blake Heckel
After a tough loss at the hands of Kyrie Irving, the Dallas Mavericks will be looking to get a win over the Memphis Grizzlies before the holiday.
On Monday night, Rick Carlisle and the Dallas Mavericks learned the hard way that their size doesn’t allow them to match up very well against the new brand of basketball. In an overtime loss to the Boston Celtics, Kyrie Irving dropped 47 points as he shot 72.7% from the field. Also, forwards Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown combined for 37 points and 18 rebounds.
It was a tough night for the perimeter defenders and rim protectors on this Mavericks team. However, no one had a tougher night than estranged center Nerlens Noel, who racked up 0.4 seconds of playing time on Monday night.
Tonight, Rick Carlisle will be in another situation where he shocks all of us as Dallas is going up against a Grizzlies team with one of the best bigs in the league, Marc Gasol. This season, the nine-year veteran has been averaging 19.7 points and 9.4 rebounds per game, which would both be career highs if the season ended today.
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It hasn’t been long since these two teams last met, and this will be the third meeting already. In the first game, the Mavericks picked up their first win of the season as they were led by a 19-point game from Dennis Smith Jr.
In the second game, the Grizzlies got their revenge as they tied up the season series at 1-1. Now, tonight will be the tiebreaker until the teams meet for the fourth and final time in March.
In tonight’s game, with Mike Conley still out with an injury, the Mavericks may be able to pick up their fourth win of the season, if they play like they played against Boston.
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