Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks win over Grizzlies: 4. Brunson stands out
Jalen Brunson continued his career-year on Monday night. The Villanova product finished with 19 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and one steal in 28 minutes of action. He was seven of 11 from the field including hitting two 3-pointers.
The Mavs needed scoring punch with KP out, and Brunson delivered. He ran the second unit and played next to Luka. If Dallas is going to take full advantage of his breakout season, they will need to start giving him additional run playing alongside Doncic. Coach Carlisle is slowly becoming more comfortable with that backcourt pairing.
Brunson got the Mavericks out in transition on multiple occasions. They outscored the Grizzlies 24 to two in fast-break points on Monday night. JB adds that element to the team. Luka is comfortable bringing the ball up slowly and getting the Mavs into their sets. Brunson is never afraid to push as he looks to create an easy bucket.
The 24-year-old point guard is shooting over 50 percent from the field and continues improving. It was a fantastic performance versus Memphis, but the best is still yet to come. Brunson was aggressive on the glass too. Expect him to continue playing at this level.
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