The Memphis Grizzlies got off to a sluggish start in the first quarter, and found themselves playing from behind throughout nearly the entirety of the game as they ultimately fell to the Dallas Mavericks 103-95. Here are my three takeaways from the loss that broke Memphis' four-game win streak:
1) Jeff Green was (Mostly) Balling, Again
Did Jeff Green finish the first alley oop dunk of the 2014-15 Grizzlies season?!
Jeff Green cooled off in the second half after a hot start, but still managed to total 11 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists. Green did struggle from long range, shooting 0-5, but was effective going to the rim and also showed off a new wrinkle to his game, getting a few buckets through post-up opportunities. As has been the trend since the trade, Green played starter minutes off the bench while Tony Allen's have been cut down to around 18.
2) Vince Carter May Have Hit a New Low
Throughout the season Vince Carter has shown flashes of being the player the Grizzlies expected to see when signing him in the offseason, but for the most part his performance has been disappointing. He may have reached a new low today, as the Mavericks' game plan appeared to involve leaving him open from three on purpose.
Carter is shooting only 29 percent from downtown on the season — his lowest percentage since his rookie season. Perhaps even more startling than Dallas leaving him wide open was that he was unable to make them pay for it. Carter shot 0-2 from three in only nine minutes played in the loss.
3) Points in the Paint
So there was a slight disparity in points in the paint in this one. Memphis outscored Dallas 58-26 in the painted area, with Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol combining for 38 points and 23 rebounds while shooting 14-26 from the field. The Mavs did most of their work from beyond the arc, shooting 10-25 on three-pointers, and adding 23 more from the charity stripe. Despite the huge advantage in the paint, the Grizzlies lost the game at the three-point line, shooting 3-22.