Offense Hits Rock Bottom, Dallas Mavericks Lose Again
The Dallas Mavericks welcomed back Chandler Parsons in a game at home where Dallas lost yet again.
Coming into the game, Dallas was 2-8 on the season after losing in Boston and New York over the past week. Still missing Dirk Nowitzki, Deron Williams, Devin Harris, and J.J. Barea, the Mavericks came into Friday night shorthanded once again.
For the Grizzlies, they came into Friday night riding a high note after beating arguably the best team in the league, the Los Angeles Clippers, on Wednesday night. Welcoming Tony Allen back, Memphis was close to full strength in Dallas.
*This marked the first regular season game for Jonathan Gibson as the guard was brought back after Dallas waived Quincy Acy on Thursday.
The following is a recap of the game, the deciding statistic, and player of the game.
The first quarter was a mixture of emotions for fans inside the AAC as they welcomed back Chandler Parsons for the first time. With a mixture of boos and cheers, Parsons scored five early points to get the Grizzlies going. After both teams shot under 35% in the quarter, they went into the second quarter tied 19-19.
The second quarter was a similar story as Seth Curry led the Mavs as Harrison Barnes was held in check for the majority of the first half. In what has become a staple for Dallas this season, the Mavericks struggled scoring the ball as they only had 29 points at halftime.
The third quarter was all Memphis as the Grizzlies came out firing on all cylinders. Led by Chandler Parsons and Marc Gasol, Memphis took the lead up to 56-41 at the end of the third quarter.
Harrison Barnes tried to get going in the fourth quarter but Dallas could never get back into the game. The Grizzlies ended up taking the game 80-64.
Barnes finished with 15 points on 5-17 shooting.
The Deciding Statistic
The deciding statistic in the game resembles the struggling story of the Mavs, the inability to score the basketball.
Coming into the matchup, the Dallas Mavericks were 29th in the league in shooting percentage and they stayed true to their ranking on Friday night. Through three quarters, the Mavericks shot 15-59 from the field for 25%. They also shot 15% from behind the arc.
They finished the game shooting 28%.
Player of the Game
The player of the game could have went to Chandler Parsons, Mike Conley Jr., or Marc Gasol, but instead, I’m giving it to JaMychal Green.
The second year forward out of Alabama came to fruition this season as Memphis has decided to start him over Zach Randolph in an effort to get faster.
Green was matched up from the opening tip with Harrison Barnes and impressed in all areas on Friday night. Besides holding Barnes below his normal numbers this season, he contributed in other areas of the game also.
He finished the night with 6 points and 12 rebounds with a +21 plus/minus.
The Mavericks are now 2-9 and have a quick turnaround as they face the Magic tomorrow in Orlando.