It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t that fun to watch and it was really only the least bit entertaining if you were a Mavericks fan.
Poor defense turned into sloppy, stagnant offense, and they both made for a lackluster effort from the Grizzlies in a less-than-stellar 106-91 home loss to the Mavericks on Wednesday night. The loss came less than a week after Memphis beat Dallas on its home floor.
“I said before the game that Dallas was going to come in and play because they felt like the loss at home was a fluke,” Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said. “I think don’t think our guys came out and competed like we believed it wasn’t a fluke.”
On a night when superstar Dirk Nowitzki was hobbled by an ankle injury and scored just 12 points, Jason Kidd (12 assists) and Jason Terry (25 points) picked up the slack. Kidd and Terry went back and forth with the ball, hanging the Grizzlies’ perimeter defense out to dry.
The Mavericks, who also got 20 points from Shawn Marion, shot 54.1 percent from the field. Hollins shuffled in a multitude of lineups in an effort to “stop the leak,” he said, but it never worked.
Rudy Gay had 18 points, but was just 8-of-18 from the field. Point guard Mike Conley was just 4-of-11, and sixth-man Xavier Henry only managed 3-of-10 shooting.
“Some games you’re down and someone picks us up,” Grizzlies center Marc Gasol said. “Today, everyone just dropped. … We’re not the team you saw tonight.”
With the season just nine games old, though, it remains to be seen exactly what team the Grizzlies actually are. Are they the team of the 119-104 opening night loss to Atlanta? The team of back-to-back wins on the road at Sacramento and at home against the Suns? Or the one from Wednesday night?
Henry — a skilled outside shooter — has to be the master of the long-distance two-pointer. For a player with his range, though, he’d be much more valuable if he scooted back a few inches. He had another long deuce Wednesday night.
But he’s got an explanation:
“I wear a size 16 shoe, and I always think I’m either on the line or out of bounds, and I’d rather be on the line. But I’m working on that.”
“Finally come to this conclusion… Need to test the trade market for OJ. He’d be perfect if we’d taken Tyreke. He could have been our Terry” — @crnchy
Though I’m not sure anyone in their right mind could put and keep Tyreke Evans on the bench, maybe it is time to at least look at the trade market.
“It’s just one in 82. And while you’re playing those, you’re trying not to have a lot of those stinkers. Because that’s what tonight was — a stinker.” —- Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins
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