What a great way to end a tough road trip. Coming off a big loss to Portland Wednesday night, the Grizzlies were looking to rebound in a big way when they took on the division-rival Mavericks in Dallas.
And boy, did they rebound. After a back-and-forth first quarter, Memphis pulled away and never looked back. They made great plays on both ends of the floor and dominated a Mavs team that was missing practically as many key players as the Grizzlies were.
I’m always a little more optimistic with my grades after a win than a loss, so let’s see how our Grizzlies graded out.
Delon Wright: A+
Did you expect anything else? Delon has played really well as of late, but tonight he put the team on his back and carried them to victory. His first career triple-double of 26 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds certainly grabs the headlines and this will undoubtedly be a special moment for a talented young man. But do you know what else is just as impressive? His zero turnovers. Given his numbers and the fact that he played 39 minutes, the fact that he didn’t give the ball away is remarkable.
Congratulations on your career night Delon, it was well deserved.
Tyler Zeller: B
Signed off the streets, Zeller came in and did exactly what was expected. He brought a toughness down low that Memphis has lacked since Valanciunas went down. Granted, Dallas doesn’t have an abundance of powerful bigs to bully Ivan Rabb and Bruno Caboclo around, but Zeller still did a good job of giving Memphis a steady presence who was ready when his number was called on.
Chandler Parsons: B
As one of the Grizzlies fans who is always glad to see Parsons able to play and make meaningful contributions to Memphis, watching him knock down big shot after big shot at his old stomping grounds was a great pleasure. He scored 11 points and hit 3 of 4 shots from downtown. Hearing the boos every time Chandler scored a point made it even more satisfying. The Parsons saga in Memphis is more than well-documented, but no matter what happens, I never tire of seeing Chandler play his best to look like the Chandler of seasons past.
This was as complete and well-executed win as the Grizzlies have had this season. Delon’s triple-double is one of Memphis’ best moments of the season and it was a feel-good win against a division rival. Memphis has the chance to sweep the season series against Dallas when they come to visit FedExForum on Sunday.