The Dallas Mavericks couldn’t repeat history, winning another clutch game due a prayer from Luka Doncic, tonight in Memphis as the Grizzlies get revenge on the Mavericks, 133-104.
From the jump, it looked as if it was going to be one of those games for the Mavericks.
You know those type of games — where from the opening tip, the energy is lackluster and the shotmaking is no where to be found.
Despite the effort, the Mavericks only trailed by three at halftime. But come the third quarter, that’s when the trouncing began by the hands of the Grizzlies.
First and foremost, Luka wasn’t right tonight — and he’ll tell you that. It was one of, if not, his worst game of the season, scoring only 12 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists on 4-of-16 shooting. Luka looked slow, uninterested, and just out of sync. An uninspiring performance in the 69th of the 72nd game of the season surely isn’t ideal.
Luka Doncic: "That game was obviously one of the worst I ever played."
On how his back feels after falling hard over the ad onto concrete: "Now it's worse when you get cold, so we'll see how it is tomorrow."
— Callie Caplan (@CallieCaplan) May 12, 2021
If not for Tim Hardaway Jr. and Willie Cauley-Stein in the first half, we would’ve been looking at an even uglier outcome. Hardaway Jr. scored 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Cauley-Stein finished with 16 points and 8 rebounds as the only Maverick to have a positive plus/minus on the night (+1).
The Mavericks also lost J.J. Redick, as he exited the game after re-aggravating his right heel, which he had surgery on prior to being traded to Dallas. Redick limped off the court after only two minutes of action in the second quarter and was quickly ruled out for the game and has already been ruled out for tomorrow’s game against the Pelicans.
Carlisle says Redick's heel has been a "good days, bad days, situation." Carlisle says Redick definitely won't play tomorrow. "It was not good to see, that's for sure," Carlisle added of Redick hobbling off the court.
— Brad Townsend (@townbrad) May 12, 2021
With the loss, the Mavericks are tied with the Portland Trail Blazers with a record of 40-29 and have now fallen to 6th in the standings due to Portland owning the tie-breaker over Dallas.
The Mavericks will look to bounce back tomorrow night against the New Orleans Pelicans.
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