The Memphis Grizzlies were in Dallas on Friday for a matchup with Luka Doncic and the Mavericks. Two teams sitting in playoff contention, and a Grizzlies team looking for their fourth consecutive victory. Could Memphis continue to make statement wins while being shorthanded?
The Grizzlies started the game similar to the first two games of this road trip - slow offensive starts. Following a Taylor Jenkins timeout midway through the first quarter trailing 11-6, Dillon Brooks got the Grizzlies going offensively.
The Grizzlies would go back and forth with the Mavericks and would trail Dallas 33-28 at the end of one quarter of play.
The Grizzlies had a roller coaster of a second quarter. The Grizzlies bench led the team to lead by as much as five, but they trailed by double digits by the time the quarter closed. Another issue that Memphis encountered was Kristaps Porzingis dropping several back-to-back three balls in that second quarter which pushed Dallas’ lead to double-digits.
Memphis would trail by 12 head to the third quarter by a score of 61-49 in Dallas. Memphis struggled shooting the ball offensively, and then the team struggled to capitalize on the Mavericks turnovers. Memphis turned the ball over eight times in the first half and shot 43 percent from the field.
So, the third quarter was a quarter was a quarter that Memphis would like to forget. The Grizzlies would get outscored 34-16 in the third quarter, and it seemed the starters would have limited minutes in the fourth quarter given the Grizzlies have a game tomorrow night in Memphis against Atlanta.
You win back-to-back games by 39, it’s okay for these to happen. We good, fam.— Grizzly Bear Blues (@sbnGrizzlies) March 7, 2020
Grizzlies Head Coach Taylor Jenkins let the starting five run a good portion of the fourth quarter, just trying to find something to carry into tomorrow night. The starting five found their offense, but defensively the starters struggled.
They cut a Mavericks 33 point lead to 21 but that wouldn’t be enough for Jenkins to keep the starters in the ball game. The Dallas Mavericks would snap the Grizzlies three game winning streak by a score of 121-96.
Josh Jackson: 16 points, 7/15 FG
Dillon Brooks: 15 points, 5 rebounds, 5/13 FG
Jonas Valanciunas: 14 points, 11 rebounds, 7/8 FG
Quick turnaround for the Memphis Grizzlies as they return from their four game road trip tomorrow night to take on the Atlanta Hawks at FedEx Forum.