Dallas Mavericks fall to Memphis Grizzlies in off night for Luka Doncic

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports /

The Dallas Mavericks lost to the Memphis Grizzlies 133-104 on Tuesday night. Superstar Luka Doncic had an off night in the loss. Credit to Dillon Brooks for playing outstanding on both ends of the floor, including slowing down Doncic in a crucial game in the Western Conference standings.

The Mavs slipped to sixth in the Western Conference after the loss. They are tied with Portland, but the Trail Blazers hold the tiebreaker after winning two of the three head-to-head meetings this season. The Grizzlies moved into a tie with Golden State for eighth in the West, which is an important play-in position. Fans can get the specifics on how the expanded tournament works in 2021 here.

The loss snapped the Mavericks’ four-game winning streak as left their magic number at two to avoid the play-in tournament. It was a struggle for Luka Doncic and the Mavs on Tuesday night. Here is a closer look at their performance.

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Dallas Mavericks fall to Memphis Grizzlies as Luka Doncic has off night

Doncic showed off his passing ability to start the game. He found Dorian Finney-Smith for an alley-oop just seconds into the game.

Luka also pulled out Dirk Nowitzki’s signature move against the Grizzlies. See the beautiful one-legged fadeaway below.

The 22-year-old superstar struggled from the field as the wheels fell off for the Dallas Mavericks in the second half. Luka Doncic finished with 12 points, five rebounds, five assists, and four turnovers in 26 minutes of action in Memphis. He was four of 16 from the field and missed all four of his 3-point attempts. It was arguably Luka’s worst game of the season. There was no repeat of his heroics from the last time the Mavericks played at the FedExForum.

J.J. Redick suffered a heel injury in Tuesday’s game too. He was quickly ruled out for the rest of the night and could be facing an extended spell on the sidelines. Stay tuned for updates on the injury as they become available.

Dwight Powell received a flagrant-2 foul in the fourth quarter and was ejected. It was a rough night in an important game. All the Mavs can do is bounce back. They have three games left in the regular season and every one will be massive.

The Dallas Mavericks have no time to rest. They are back in action on Wednesday night as they host the New Orleans Pelicans. Zion Williamson is out with a finger injury, and Brandon Ingram is listed as doubtful to face the Mavs. Dallas needs to get back in the win column if they want to jump back to fifth in the West. Expect Luka Doncic to bounce back. Do not miss a second of the action on May 12.

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