Mavs Lose To Grizz, 112-101: Burn The Film
Some outcomes are because of you. Some outcomes are because of them. This outcome -- a 112-101 home loss to Memphis before a sold-out AAC audience on Friday -- was because of both. ... And when that happens, I'm not sure there is much to learn from over-studying the thing.
"We played horrible,'' said Chandler Parsons. "We played really bad. They played good. It happens.''
The 48-21 Grizzlies were the more muscular team, with Zach Randolph (21 points), Marc Gasol (15 points and 10 rebounds) and Jeff Green (15 points) doing damage against a Dallas defense that could sure use three Tyson Chandlers to guard them all.
The Grizzlies were the better shooting team from all over, Mike Conley (back after missing four games with an ankle injury) scoring 14 for Memphis which shot an impressive 53.2 percent from the floor.
Division-leading Memphis was the team that went on runs (scoring 11 points in the final 1:12 of the first period, scoring 10 of the final 12 points in the second, and later canning back-to-back 3s early in the third to forge ahead, 54-39). They were the team that build a 24-point lead. And they were the team that frustrated Dallas' stars into an assortment of crummy nights.
Dirk Nowitzki shot 4-of-14 from the field and finished with 16 points -- and then fouled out, joining Amare Stoudemire, who'd earlier been ejected for arguing the ridiculous call you see above. (Yes, sometimes the refs perform as badly as the teams.) Dirk was the leading scorer with that mediocre total, tying Devin Harris. Monta Ellis was held without a bucket for the first three quarters before scoring 10 of his 12 in the fourth. Tyson Chandler fought for 13 rebounds and Charlie Villanueva offered up 12 points and that's about all the guys who deserve to have their names mentioned.
As it sits now, the 44-26 Dallas Mavericks would be the No. 7 seed in the West and face the No. 2-seeded Grizzlies in the first round of the playoffs. In the moment, that seems an overwhelming challenge; after all, Memphis now has a 3-1 edge on Dallas during the season series. But ... Dallas' win was in Memphis, on MLK Day, and it was a momentous one. And coming into this game, the Grizzlies were as wobbly over the course of three road games (losing them all) as Dallas has been on its three-game winning streak.
"We still feel confident about who we are and what we can do,'' said Stoudemire, and I buy that.
Carlisle said after the game that he regretted giving his players the day off on Thursday, but there are somethings that not only don't allow do-overs, they don't require do-overs. Re-thinking when to give a hot team rest is one of those. Burying yourself in film study of a loss that you really need to hope is a little fluky That's another.