Injury Notes / Lineups
Tony Allen (knee) and Brandon Wright (knee) were unavailable. Matt Barnes and Courtney Lee made their third start in their new roles with Zach Randolph coming off the bench at the 5:22 mark in the first quarter. Jarrell Martin played his first NBA minutes in garbage time after recovering from foot surgery.
Courtney Lee got off to a great start for the second straight game, leading the Grizz to a quick 12-2 lead as the Mavericks missing 9 of their first 10 shots. Chandler Parsons came in hot off the bench, though, and shot Dallas back within one by the end of Q1. The Mavs found their first lead of the night a few minutes later on a Deron Williams three followed by a J.J. Barea layup (the worst kind of layup). The Mavs then spent the rest of the quarter grinding down the Memphis D on pick and rolls, eking out a 3-point lead. And just when you thought it was over, Matt Barnes fouled Deron Williams on a half-court heave and the lead was suddenly 6.
Faute de Matt Barnes sur un 3-pts du milieu de terrain au buzzer de la mi-temps. J'ai vu plus intelligent.— Memphis Grizzlies FR (@GrizzliesFR) December 19, 2015
Moi aussi, @GrizzliesFR.
As has been the case this year, the Grizzlies lost the third quarter badly. Zaza Pachulia and JaVale McGee bullied Marc Gasol and Randolph down low, and the Mavericks' sixth three (courtesy of Charlie Villanueva) made it a 15-point lead midway through the quarter. Memphis pulled within single digits to start the third, but the seventh, eighth, and ninth threes by Dallas put the game out of reach with just under 9 minutes to go. Dave Joerger took several frustration timeouts tonight, using his last with five minutes to go. None of them really worked.
Mike Conley, who is having a surprisingly down contract year, turned in a solid 20 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists. Dirk Nowitzki was a sublime 7-13 for 20 points to lead the Mavericks.
- Meanwhile, back at the ranch: Shoutout to MLGW for having a sense of humor despite a massive power outage that delayed a nationally televised Tigers game by over an hour. Without a TV production truck, ESPN was forced to call the game from Bristol.
- Marc Gasol sat down with Zach Lowe before Wednesday's game in Chicago, and the resulting Q&A is an interesting read.
- The refs seemed to be filling quotas tonight for technical fouls, delay of game warnings, and defensive three second calls, of which there were five. I'm sure Joerger at least appreciated it