Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks win over Grizzlies: 3. JRich is finding his groove
Josh Richardson was the catalyst behind the Mavs dominating the first quarter. He hit four of his first five shots including three 3-pointers.
JRich had 11 first-quarter points and was playing fantastic perimeter defense. The Grizzlies finished the opening period with 13 points as Dallas jumped out to a double-digit lead.
Richardson finished with 17 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals in 35 minutes versus Memphis. The Mavericks are putting the ball in his hands more and letting him make plays. JRich had five turnovers on Feb. 22 but is slowly getting comfortable with the team. His incredibly fast hands were on full display in both steals too.
The best is still yet to come for Josh Richardson in a Dallas Mavericks uniform. Fans should expect more scoring, playmaking, and defense from the 27-year-old wing. The Mavs have won four of the six games where Richardson scored 17 or more points. That should come as no surprise because they need a tertiary scorer to feast off the attention drawn by their two stars.
More performances like this are on the horizon for Josh Richardson. He will be an important piece if the Mavericks plan on making a deep postseason run.
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