3 thoughts after the Dallas Mavericks halt the streaking Grizzlies, 112-85

The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Memphis Grizzlies on the road Friday night, 112-85. Luka Doncic led Dallas with another hat-trick, scoring 27, making 10 assists, and collecting 12 plates. Ja Morant leads the Grizzlies with 19.

The Mavericks played a sloppy opening quarter, spinning the ball six times, including four from Luka Doncic. That, combined with the Memphis’ strong offensive rebound, resulted in the Grizzlies taking nine more shots in the first 12 minutes of play. Dallas found himself trailing Memphis by one dimension, 29-25.

Dallas managed to equalize in the 37th minute after just four minutes into the quarter, but then the score for both teams worsened for several minutes through the middle of the frame. The two teams exchanged leads only for Ja Morant to close the run on an IED and one. The Grizzlies led 55-50 in the inning.

After a tough start, dropping by a nine, the Mavericks came back with an absolutely stunning defense and kept Memphis at just 18 points. Dallas managed to lead 84-73 for fourth. Then something really weird happened: Instead of coming back in the fourth quarter from Memphis, Dallas’ defense kept the clamps and kept the Grizzlies at just 12 points! They eliminated Memphis on both ends of the ground and took a 112-85 win. See you tomorrow in the late start match at home vs. magic.

Now, some ideas

Writing about defense right during and after a match isn’t something I excel at, but it’s the main reason the Mavericks were able to hang around until Luka Doncic became Thanos and destroyed the world of Grizzly. They made Memphis only 30 points in the second half!

I’ll try to write on it, but Steve Jones really should’ve clicked. topic here. The Dallas stick to their primary defense and that results in them not being defeated in frustrating ways. Sometimes teams make shots, and that happens in professional basketball, but Memphis’ tired play (8 games in 12 nights) resulted in a massive defense-driven win.

A friend of mine said to me this morning: “All the things that Luka Doncic has done are bothering me right now.” His thoughts centered around the fact that Donsi’s speech is bad, because Luca is so good but our expectations sometimes exceed what is possible. I understand the logic, we need Luca to be another world and he was as human as someone who averages 25-8-9 could be this season. Heck, even before the game, the horrible ESPN panel picked Ja Morant as the guy they’d obviously start a basketball team with over Luca.

Then Luca came out and got four flips in the first few minutes. He finished the game with a six and couldn’t hit three pointers to save his life (0 vs. 6 for the game!). I didn’t mention, however, how he went out and scored 12 of 16 in two point shots, leading about 27 points, while calculating 12 rebounds and making 10 assists. He was a professional, the undisputed best player in the game while looking like the best player in the league at times.

The performance of a master of his craft.

The Mavericks scored 23 out of 112 points in the second half and took advantage of a tired Memphis team. Dallas should press repeatedly, as they are currently in the 23rd position, before adding tonight’s numbers.

I understand Doncic wants to control the pace, but it’s hard to deal with him and Dallas if he’s pushing things around in real time forcing the defenses to make quick decisions. Plus, basketball is more fun.

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