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Mavs face Grizzlies as Chandler Parsons makes his return to Dallas

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - NOVEMBER 14:  Chandler Parsons #25 of the Memphis Grizzlies handles the ball against the Utah Jazz on November 14, 2016 at vivint.SmartHome Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)


Can you feel that? That would be the tension building up between MFFLs and Chandler Parsons heading into Friday night’s matchup, when the Dallas Mavericks take on the Memphis Grizzlies at AAC.


The real question, though, is should Mavs fans even be mad at Parsons at this point? As of right now, it looks as if letting Parsons walk was the better move for the Mavs. This is because Harrison Barnes has shown everybody what he’s capable of when asked to be the go-to guy. Barnes is currently averaging 22.9 points-per-game on 49.2 percent shooting from the field, both of which are career highs by significant margins. Not to mention that Barnes is very reliable when it comes to staying on the court. By no means is that a knock on Parsons, but it’s just a fact that his body wasn’t able to hold up during his 2 seasons with Dallas.


Even though nothing really went the way he wanted, Parsons still worked his butt off to return from his injuries. He put his all into helping the Mavs front office during the offseason that they almost landed… the center that plays for the Los Angeles Clippers now. That wasn’t his fault, and neither were the injuries. He will probably still get booed though because he came off as being a little too entitled this past summer.


Game Preview:


Anyway… There is actual basketball that is going to be played, so let’s talk about that a little bit.  The Mavs are about as injury riddled as you could imagine right now. Literally all of their main point guards are injured right now. They’re so desparate at this point that they had to release backup forward, Quincy Acy, in order to bring back Jonathon Gibson, a well-traveled point guard who they cut a few days before the regular season started.


After winning their only 2 games of the season in back-to-back fashion, the Mavs (2-8) have dropped 3 consecutive games. Even though Barnes continues to light it up, the mounting injuries have just been too much to overcome.


Memphis (6-5) has won 2 straight games, and they’re coming off a very impressive road win against the best team in the West right now, the LA Clippers. I give the Mavs a fighting chance in this one, only because the Grizzlies like to play at a slow pace and grind it out. I think that kind of pace will help keep Dallas in it.


Matchup to Watch:


Harrison Barnes vs. Chandler Parsons


For obvious reasons, this will be the 1-on-1 matchup everyone will have their eyes on Friday night. Nothing more needs to be said here.


Injury Updates:





How to Watch:


The game will tipoff in AAC at 7:30 pm CT.  You can watch the game locally on FSSW or on NBA League Pass.

Born and raised in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. I received my Bachelor's degree in Business Administration - Entrepreneurship from the University of Southern Mississippi. If you're unfamiliar with Southern Miss, think Brett Favre. I'm currently working full time as a salesperson for my family business. My fiancé and I are huge MFFLs, and we never pass up a chance to see the guys play in person.

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