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Game 69 Recap: Mavs vs Grizzlies

On Tuesday, the Dallas Mavericks played the Memphis Grizzlies as the season starts to come to an end. The Mavericks would only have three games left after this matchup and they need to make them count as nothing is officially clinched in regards to seeding in the western conference standings. The Mavericks look to keep control of the fifth seed as they battle the Grizzlies.

On Sunday, the Dallas Mavericks played the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second game of the “mini” two-game series. The Mavericks started this game in rhythm as their offense continued to play well which resulted in taking a 64-53 halftime lead. The Cavaliers played much better than their previous matchup against the Mavericks as they were able to get more shots to fall down but even that wasn’t enough with the Mavericks easily cruising to a 124-97 win. Luka Doncic picked up a flagrant 2 foul which results in a automatic ejection, he received it after the Officials went to the monitor and deemed a low blow to the groin area was worthy of a flagrant 2 foul. This doesn’t impact Luka Doncic’s technical fouls as he’s still eligible to play just as long as he doesn’t receive another technical foul. With the win, the Mavericks record improved to 40-28 on the season, as they were able to pick up a victory on Mother’s Day. The Mavericks still hold control of the fifth seed in the western conference standings as they are 0.5 game ahead of the Portland Trail Blazers with just four games left in the season. The Mavericks still have a lot to play for as nothing has been clinched yet in regards to seeding. The Mavericks can clinch a top-six seed with a in this matchup AND a Los Angeles Lakers loss, if those TWO things happen at the end of the day then the Mavericks would be GUARANTEED to finish no worst than the sixth seed. That would be greatly beneficial for the Mavericks IF those TWO things happen because then they will officially avoid playing in the “Play-in Tournament”. Still nothing is clinched just yet which means the Mavericks STILL have to take care of business.

The Memphis Grizzlies are coming into this game by going 5-5 in their last 10 games. They are recently coming off a 115-110 win against the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday to see their record improve to 35-33 on the season. The Grizzlies are coming into this season with hopes of trying to make the playoffs and they still do as they’re currently in the “Play-in Tournament”. The Grizzlies are currently 9th in the western conference standings, which qualifies them to play in the “Play-in Tournament” This team is led by Ja Morant as they look to qualify for the “Play-in Tournament”. If their current trend continues, they will have a good shot at landing a spot in the “Play-in Tournament”.

Coming into this game, the Mavericks won their last meeting with the Grizzlies 114-113 on April 14th, 2021. The Mavericks currently lead the season series 2-0 and have the chance to clinch the season series sweep with a win in this matchup. The Mavericks previously won their regular season series last season 2-1 against the Grizzlies. Overall, the Mavericks hold the all-time series with a record of 69-30.

The Mavericks started this game by having Kristaps Porzingis (right knee soreness) and Tyrell Terry (personal reasons) be ruled out for this game. As a result, the Mavericks went with Doncic, Richardson, Hardaway Jr, Finney-Smith and Cauley-Stein as their starting five in this game. The first points in the game would belong to Dorian Finney-Smith as he nailed a alley-oop dunk for the Mavericks to get this game underway. The Grizzlies wouldn’t get their first points until the 11:07 mark as Dillion Brooks drilled a three pointer to take their first lead in the game at 3-2. The Mavericks would retake the lead after Willie Cauley-Stein knocked down a layup to take the lead at 6-5 with 9:45 left in the quarter. The Grizzlies came out of the gates running as they were able to knock down some good quality shots to keep up with the Mavericks. The Mavericks better bring their “A” game for this one because the Grizzlies sure came to play. The Grizzlies would retake the lead after Kyle Anderson knocked down a jump shot to take the lead at 7-6 with 9:30 left in the quarter. The Grizzlies would call a timeout with 6:26 left in the quarter after the Grizzlies lead was still one point at 11-10. Prior to this timeout, the Mavericks opened the game by making five of their first eleven attempts while the Grizzlies made five of their first eleven attempts as well. The Mavericks would sure have their hands full in this game as they would need to play good basketball throughout the game if they want to have a chance at leaving the arena with a win because these Grizzlies was sure going to make it hard on them. Coming out of the timeout, the Grizzlies turned to Dillion Brooks as he was able to convert on a jump shot to extend their lead to 13-10 with 6:17 left in the quarter. The Mavericks were able to take the lead right back after Dwight Powell knocked down a jump shot to take the lead at 14-13 with 5:33 left in the quarter. Both teams were competing hard as they were answering each other’s shots to begin the game. In the final minutes of the quarter, the Grizzlies were able to knock down some shots and take a 28-27 lead into the second quarter. The game leading scorer after one quarter of play would belong to Ja Morant as he scored 11 points for the Grizzlies. The Mavericks were led by Luka Doncic as he scored 6 points. The Mavericks had their hands full in this quarter as the Grizzlies were able to generate good quality offense. At the end of the first quarter, the Mavericks were shooting 47.8% on 11-of-23 shooting from the field.

The second quarter would begin by having Brandon Clarke nail two free-throws for the Grizzlies to get this quarter underway. The Mavericks wouldn’t get their first points in the quarter until the 10:34 mark as Luka Doncic nailed a jump shot to come within 30-29 of the Grizzlies. The Grizzlies were able to extend their lead to four points after Tyus Jones knocked down a three pointer to extend their lead to 33-29 with 10:17 left in the quarter. The Mavericks were able to trim their deficit to one point after Maxi Kleber knocked down a three pointer to come within 37-36 of the Grizzlies with 8:32 left in the quarter. Rick Carlisle would call a timeout with 7:49 left in the quarter after the Grizzlies extended their lead to 41-36. Prior to this timeout, the Mavericks opened the quarter by making three of their first ten attempts while the Grizzlies made four of their first seven attempts taken thus far. The Grizzlies were able to generate a 4-3 run to maintain control of the lead and the game. The Mavericks desperately needed to get their offense going otherwise they would be left behind very quickly by the Grizzlies. Coming out of the timeout, the Mavericks turned to Tim Hardaway Jr as he was able to convert on a three pointer to come within 41-39 of the Grizzlies with 7:31 left in the quarter. The game would remain close as both teams were going back-and-forth of each other to keep it a close game after Jalen Brunson knocked down a three pointer to keep it a one point game at 48-47 with the Grizzlies leading with 5:04 left in the quarter. The Grizzlies would call a timeout with 4:28 left in the quarter after the Mavericks took the lead after Willie Cauley-Stein knocked down a slam dunk to take a 49-48 lead. Prior to this timeout, the Mavericks were able to generate a 8-2 run to grab control of the lead thus far. Coming out of the timeout, the Grizzlies turned to Desmond Bane but couldn’t convert as he missed a three pointer that kept the score at 49-48 with 4:13 left in the quarter. In the final minutes of the quarter, the Grizzlies were able to take a 60-57 lead into halftime. The game leading scorer after two quarters of play would belong to Tim Hardaway Jr as he scored 15 points for the Mavericks. The Grizzlies were led by Ja Morant as he scored 13 points. This was another competitive quarter as both teams were neck-and-neck of each other in a close game. At the end of the first half, the Mavericks were shooting 47.9% on 23-of-48 shooting from the field. The Mavericks would need to generate a lot more offense while trying to find a way to stop the Grizzlies if they want to leave the arena with a win. JJ Redick would be ruled out for the rest of the game after sustaining a right heel injury in the quarter.

Coming out of the half, the Grizzlies were able to get on the board first in the third quarter by having Desmond Bane nail a two pointer to extend their lead to 63-57. Josh Richardson was able to score the first points in the quarter for the Mavericks as he nailed a floating jump shot with 11:20 left in the quarter to come within 63-59 of the Grizzlies. The Mavericks were able to trim their deficit to one point after Willie Cauley-Stein knocked down the “AND-ONE” free-throw to come within 63-62 of the Grizzlies with 10:12 left in the quarter. Rick Carlisle would call a timeout with 9:02 left in the quarter after the Grizzlies extended their lead to 68-62. Prior to this timeout, the Mavericks opened the quarter by making two of their first four attempts while the Grizzlies made three of their first six attempts taken thus far. The Mavericks offense couldn’t generate anything as the Grizzlies were able to keep the momentum on their side by knocking down shots. Coming out of the timeout, the Mavericks turned to Willie Cauley-Stein as he was able to convert on a slam dunk to come within 68-64 of the Grizzlies with 8:50 left in the quarter. The Grizzlies were able to extend their lead to eight points after Ja Morant knocked down two free-throws to extend their lead to 72-64 with 8:06 left in the quarter. The Grizzlies would call a timeout with 6:40 left in the quarter after the Mavericks trimmed their lead to 72-69. Prior to this timeout, the Mavericks were able to generate a 5-2 run to get themselves back in the game. The Mavericks offense started to click as they were able to find some type of rhythm to come back and trim the Grizzlies lead. The Mavericks still needed to find a way to stop the Grizzlies as it’s been awhile since the Mavericks had a lead in the game. Coming out of the timeout, the Grizzlies turned to Kyle Anderson as he was able to convert on a jump shot to extend their lead to 74-69 with 6:23 left in the quarter. Rick Carlisle would call a timeout with 4:48 left in the quarter after the Grizzlies were able to extend their lead to 80-71. Prior to this timeout, the Grizzlies were able to generate a 8-2 run to maintain control of the lead and the game thus far. The Mavericks were having trouble stopping the Grizzlies as the Grizzlies were knocking shots down. Coming out of the timeout, the Mavericks turned to Dwight Powell but he lost the ball that resulted in Kyle Anderson knocking down a driving layup for the Grizzlies to extend their lead to 82-71 with 4:22 left in the quarter. In the final minutes of the quarter, the Grizzlies were able to maintain control of the lead and take a 96-82 lead into the fourth quarter. The game leading scorer after three quarters of play would belong to Ja Morant as he scored 24 points for the Grizzlies. The Mavericks were led by Tim Hardaway Jr as he scored 19 points. This quarter was dominated by the Grizzlies as they were able to get their offense going while the Mavericks had trouble keeping up with the Grizzlies. Through three quarters of play, the Mavericks were shooting 47% on 31-of-66 shooting from the field. The Mavericks would need to generate some huge production on offense for the final 12:00 minutes of the game, if they want to have a chance at leaving the arena with a win.

The fourth quarter would begin by having Dillion Brooks nail a two pointer for the Grizzlies to get this quarter underway. Dwight Powell would be ejected from the game after committing a flagrant 2 foul, which is an automatic ejection, as he committed the foul with 11:03 left in the quarter. As a result, Brandon Clarke would knock down both flagrant foul free-throws to extend their lead to lead 100-82. Rick Carlisle would call a timeout with 9:54 left in the game after the Grizzlies extended their lead to 104-82. Prior to this timeout, the Mavericks still hasn’t made a shot as they missed their first three attempts taken while the Grizzlies made three of their first five attempts to open the quarter. Unless the Mavericks could draw something and erase this huge Grizzlies lead, then Grizzlies would be well on their way to a victory. Coming out of the timeout, the Mavericks turned to Trey Burke as he was able to draw a foul to go to the free-throw line, where he would knock down two free-throws to come within 104-84 of the Grizzlies with 9:42 left in the game. Those would be the first points by the Mavericks in this quarter. This was just a sloppy performance by the Mavericks as they couldn’t generate something to stop the Grizzlies. This game was in control by the Grizzlies as the Mavericks had no chance of stopping them. Unless the Mavericks were able to generate a huge magical comeback then the Grizzlies were in good shape of leaving the arena with a win.

This team looked like they had trouble stopping the Grizzlies as the Grizzlies came out of the gates knocking down shots. The Mavericks were able to generate enough offense to keep pace of the Grizzlies and make it a close game as the Grizzlies were able to take a 60-57 halftime lead. This is a very important game for the Mavericks as they haven’t clinched anything yet in regards to seeding in the western conference standings. The Mavericks would need to keep winning to ensure they keep control of the fifth seed in the western conference.

In the end, it was the Memphis Grizzlies defeating the Dallas Mavericks 133-104. The Mavericks record would drop to 40-29 on the season. Luka Doncic finished the game with 12 points and 5 assists in the loss. The Grizzlies were led by Ja Morant as he finished with 24 points and 7 rebounds. The Mavericks were able to get production from Tim Hardaway Jr as he finished with 19 points but it wasn’t enough for a win. With the loss, it would snap a four game winning streak for the Mavericks. The Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers are now tied with the Trail Blazers holding the tiebreaker in the western conference standings. The Mavericks must finish 1 full game ahead of the Portland Trail Blazers in the western conference standings because of the tiebreaker. We will see what happens in these last remaining games of the season for the Mavericks. The Magic number to clinch at least a top-six seed for the Mavericks would remain at two, which means, the Mavericks need two more wins or two more Los Angeles Lakers losses for the Mavericks to clinch a top-six seed in the western conference standings.

The Mavericks will come home to play the final two home games of the season starting on Wednesday in the final back-to-back of the season.

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