In a weekend where Memphis needed at least one win over the Dallas Mavericks to keep their hopes of conveying their first round pick to Boston alive, the Grizzlies got the one that we least expected them to snag.
Led by a dominant performance from Delon Wright, the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas on Friday night 122-112.
While it was cool to watch Dirk Nowitzki play (perhaps for the final time at home against the Grizzlies), and also nice to see former Grizzlies player Courtney Lee play well, this victory means a lot more to Memphis than the loss does to Dallas. That’s quite alright - the Grizzlies don’t want to pick in this draft, and Dallas does.
The two teams can help each other this weekend, and that started tonight.
Some quick takeaways from this game.
Delon Wright was a PROBLEM.
Talk about making the most of opportunity.
His first career triple-double (26 points, 14 assists, 10 rebounds) came when the Grizzlies needed someone to step up and produce. Wright did that, and then some. He was awesome attacking the rim, and effective finding open shooters and cutters off his dribble penetration. This was peak Delon - a game changer, when things line up nicely for him in terms of match-ups.
That won’t always happen, of course. But if Wright is indeed in the long-term plans of the Grizzlies (he should be), you should feel good about that after a performance like this one.
Another game, another good Chandler Parsons showing
For the eighth time this season Chandler Parsons scored in double figures. Yes, your eyes probably just rolled ALL the way back in your head. But his ability to shoot and create of the pick and roll isn’t nothing. He is capably help guide a bench unit that has been surprisingly productive of late, and any positive play from Parsons should be welcome by all at this stage of the season.
He’s not a max player. You can debate whether he’s even an NBA player on a mediocre-to-good team. Yet we’re here, hoping for more double digit scoring nights from Mr. Parsons.
Perspective is key when it comes to Chandler.
- Tyler Zeller had 10 points. Considering Ivan Rabb is best used in spurts where he isin’t taking on too much physicality down low defensively, having Zeller to be that bruiser these final three games is going to be very nice. In his 18 minutes - which made him the 28th Grizzlies player to log time in Beale Street Blues this season - he showed effort and understanding of basic scheme. That should be enough.
- Jevon Carter is forcing it. Regardless of whether or not you think he’s going to be a good player in the NBA, there’s no question he is struggling to find his shot. Sure, he was 3-7 from three, but he launched seven threes, which he should never do. When Jevon Carter attempts more threes than Justin Holiday, there is a problem. He needs to do a better job of letting the game come to him.
The Grizzlies are back in action in Memphis this Sunday for an early evening tilt against these same Dallas Mavericks.