The Memphis Grizzlies had their first matchup of the season against their divisional foe Dallas Mavericks. Kristaps Porzingis, Ja Morant and Brandon Clarke were all ruled out pre-game for “injuries” so that they could rest. Fortunately, fans still got the matchup of the 2018 NBA Drafts 3rd and 4th overall picks in Luka Doncic and Jaren Jackson Jr. The absence of Morant and Grayson Allen gave De’Anthony Melton his first run of extended minutes all season long after missing preseason and training camp with a back injury.
Both teams came out on fire to start the game, combining for 10 three’s in the first 12 minutes. The Mavericks were led by Luka Doncic who played all 12 minutes of the quarter, scoring 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Seth Curry was the only other notable Mav in the quarter, scoring 11 shooting 3-6 from beyond the arc. The Grizzlies were led by a balanced scoring effort, with 8 of 10 players scoring in the quarter. Jae Crowder (8 points) and Marko Guduric (7 points) were the high scorers of the quarter. The Grizzlies finished the quarter with a 34-31 lead.
The Mavericks came out hot to start the second quarter, taking the early lead from the Grizzlies. After trailing by as many as 14, the Grizzlies were able to cut the Mavericks lead to single digits midway through the quarter. After going 0-2 in the first quarter, JJJ was more aggressive in the second, shooting 3-5 and scoring 7 points including a big time put back dunk.
The Grizzlies were able to rally after the Mavs hot start and wrap up the half trailing just 68-62. The offense has been there, the defense has not.
Luka Doncic came out on fire to start the second half, scoring 8 of the Mavs first 10 points to extend the Mavs lead to double digits. The Grizzlies were able to claw their way back into the game though, as Jaren Jackson Jr. took over offensively in the quarter scoring 12 points. A late Mavericks run extended their lead up to 13 at the end of the quarter where the Grizzlies trailed 104-91.
The Mavericks run extended early in the 4th quarter as they built their lead up to 16, the largest of the game. The Grizzlies kept fighting, but the Mavericks ultimately pulled away late in the game en route to a 138-122 loss. The Grizzlies were outscored by 15 from beyond the arc as the Mavericks shot a scorching 42.9% from 3.
- The Grizzlies decision to sign Tyus Jones, and sign+trade Delon Wright looked like the right move for a night as Tyus outplayed Delon.
- De’Anthony Melton looked solid in his first extended minutes of the season, and should probably get more minutes going forward.
- The Grizzlies need to fix their defense, big time.
- Luka Doncic is so, so good.
- The Grizzlies missed Ja and Brandon
Jaren Jackson Jr.- 23 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists
Jae Crowder- 18 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists
Tyus Jones- 14 points, 2 rebounds, 8 assists
Marko Guduric- 14 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists
Kyle Anderson- 10 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists
Luka Doncic- 24 points, 14 rebounds, 8 assists