The Mavericks fell just a little short in their loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night, and will now look to enter the win column when they take on the Memphis Grizzlies. The Mavericks had fantastic showings from Brandan Wright and newcomer Monta Ellis. In the end, it was their 28 turnovers that doomed the Mavericks and started off their pre-season schedule with a loss.
Things will not get easier tonight if the Mavericks don’t do a better job of protecting the rock. The Memphis Grizzlies were one of the best defenses in the NBA last year. They are a physical energetic group that can make it taxing on an offense looking to find some swagger.
“We’ve got to reiterate the importance of ball security and you’ve got to drill it” – Rick Carlisle
Jose Calderon will not be available for the 2nd straight game, dealing with a strained left hamstring. Turnovers should hopefully not be a big deal once Calderon enters the fray, but for now the Mavericks must find a way to limit the turnovers and create some chemistry leading into the 2013-2014 campaign.
“ We’ve got to move it better, especially considering the defensive level of the team we’re playing. You know, ball movement, player movement and hard screening.” – Rick Carlisle
One thing to take note of were the comments from Carlisle about new Mavericks center, Samuel Dalembert. He made it known that he must continue to work on his conditioning so he can be the type of impact player the Mavericks signed him to be.
“We need his minutes. They’re going to be very important to us. He’s a factor. When he’s in shape, he’s a factor as a rim protector and rebounder, and he gives you a big, active, athletic body in there.”
Game action will tip 7:00 p.m. CT
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