Game 11: Mavs vs. Grizzlies

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Highlights: Mavs vs. Grizzlies

Harrison Barnes had 15 points and Seth Curry added 11 in Friday's game against the Grizzlies.

DALLAS — Returning home Friday night and looking to build momentum after dropping their previous three games, the Dallas Mavericks tried to start a back-to-back that concludes at Orlando in style despite playing with a shorthanded roster.

Stepping on their home hardwood without 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki (right Achilles soreness), starting point guard Deron Williams (left calf strain), reserve J.J. Barea (left calf strain) and fellow veteran Devin Harris (right great toe sprain), the Mavericks looked to overcome their piling injuries in order to collect a much-needed win. The Dallas team also tried to ruin the return of former Mav Chandler Parsons in his first trip back since migrating to Memphis this summer in free agency. But without their top contributors available, the shorthanded Mavericks (2-9) would prove to be little resistance for the Grizzlies (7-5) in the first of four divisional matchups this season, falling to their fourth straight loss after a lopsided 80-64 defeat.

“We’re very stressed right now because of injuries and we’re not playing well, so there are some very obvious things going on that make it very tough,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle confessed after the loss.

Playing without the services of four veterans, Carlisle sent out a starting lineup of guard Seth Curry, swingman Wesley Matthews, undrafted rookie Dorian Finney-Smith, versatile forward Harrison Barnes and center Andrew Bogut. Bogut then got his team off to a fast start, opening the scoring with a basket inside before finding a cutting Matthews.

Parsons would settle his team down, however, swishing a three-pointer to beat the shot clock. But after third-year big man Dwight Powell’s block on Tony Allen led to a three by Matthews, the Mavericks held a slight advantage in a low-scoring affair. Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley then quickly intervened, swishing a trey of his own to send the two teams into the second stanza even at 19-all.

Seeing the Grizzlies surge in front early in the second period, the Mavericks gladly welcomed a timely three by Curry to regain control. Curry stayed on the attack from there, driving in for an and-one score over former Mav Vince Carter to put the Mavericks up 27-23 with 9:30 left in the half.

The Grizzlies clawed right back, though, to take a 28-27 lead with 6:09 left in the half after center Marc Gasol found JaMychal Green inside for a score. Gasol put the Grizzlies on his back from there, sending the visiting team into the halftime break with a 36-29 advantage.

Led by Matthews’ nine points on 3-of-6 shooting in the first half, the Mavericks tried to remain afloat while being outshot as a team through two quarters, 36.1 percent to 28.6 percent. The Mavs also tried to make up for a 1-of-10 start from the field by Barnes, holding a 28-23 rebounding edge but surrendering 11 points off their eight first-half turnovers.

“We had some open looks tonight. We’ve got to just slow things down,” Barnes said. “I think you have to look individually. And myself, I missed some shots tonight. Some were forced, some were ones I usually make, and I’ve just got to take it in stride on a quick turnaround.”

After producing a season-low scoring output for a half this season, the Mavericks hoped to see more offensive success as the third period got underway. Instead, the Grizzlies pushed their lead to double figures as the Mavs’ offense continued to struggle, falling behind 46-33 after Parsons buried a three with 8:01 in the third.

Parsons continued to look for his own shot from there, swishing another trey in front of the Mavericks’ bench to put Memphis up 51-33 with 5:06 in the period. But after signing with the team earlier in the day, guard Jonathan Gibson did his best to keep the Mavs in the game with a relentless scoring attack off the bench. Still, after the Mavs crept to within 10, the Grizzlies closed the third on a 5-0 spurt to take a 56-41 lead int the fourth.

Opening the fourth quarter with a three by Carter, the Grizzlies seized their largest lead to that point at 18. The separation continued to ballon from there, despite seeing Barnes find a rhythm as the Mavericks refused to go away quietly.

Carlisle then called off his troops after Allen’s breakaway score put Memphis up 73-51 with 6:03 on the game clock. The coach was forced to begin emptying his bench from there, finishing the remainder of the game with the team’s reserves.

Scoring 15 points on just 5-of-17 shooting, Barnes also grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Mavericks in a losing effort. Gibson added 11 points in his NBA debut, grabbing four rebounds and dishing three assists off the bench. Curry was the only other Mav in double figures, finishing with 11 points, four rebounds and two assists as a starter.

“You know, it’s tough,” Barnes admitted. “You know, you come into the game after these guys go and beat the Clippers, you hold them to 80 points, and that’s right kind of where we want to be. But offensively, we couldn’t really get anything going, and that kind of kept us out of the game.”

Parsons led four Grizzlies in double figures with 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting and 3 of 5 from three as Memphis’ 40.3 percent from the field bettered Dallas’ 28.8 percent. Memphis also finished with a 48-45 rebounding edge, converting the Mavs’ 17 turnovers into 27 points.

“We’re having a hard time scoring right now, but we’re getting some decent shots and we’re doing some pretty good things defensively,” Carlisle concluded after the Mavs just missed setting a franchise record for lowest-scoring outing in team history of 62 against Milwaukee on November 22, 1997. “Holding this team to 40 percent and 80 points is a positive. We’ve got to keep up the grit on defense, and we’ve just got to do a better job on offense.”

Note: The Mavericks will now conclude their back-to-back Saturday in Orlando, taking on the upstart Magic. The game will tip off at 6 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN.

The Mavs return to American Airlines Center next Wednesday, hosting the Los Angeles Clippers. That game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

Injury updates:

Devin Harris (right great toe sprain) — out

J.J. Barea (left calf strain) — out

Deron Williams (left calf strain) — out

Dirk Nowitzki (right Achilles soreness) — out

Grizzlies

All Stats

PLAYER MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
C. Parsons, F 23 4-7 3-5 1-2 1 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 12 12
J. Green, F 31 2-6 1-3 1-2 0 12 12 1 1 0 2 4 21 6
M. Gasol, C 24 5-12 1-1 0-0 0 3 3 3 0 0 0 0 17 11
J. Ennis III, G 30 2-5 1-2 0-0 1 5 6 4 1 0 0 4 18 5
M. Conley, G 28 2-7 1-3 3-3 0 4 4 3 1 2 2 2 8 8
A. Harrison 26 2-8 1-4 1-2 0 4 4 1 2 0 3 4 7 6
Z. Randolph 21 4-12 0-2 2-2 2 6 8 3 0 0 1 0 3 10
V. Carter 24 4-11 1-5 0-0 0 3 3 1 0 0 1 4 4 9
T. Allen 18 5-6 0-0 1-1 2 1 3 0 2 1 0 5 -5 11
W. Baldwin IV 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
J. Martin 4 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
T. Williams 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 -5 0
D. Davis 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 -5 0
T. Daniels 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
B. Wright 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM   31-77 9-25 9-12 7 41 48 16 7 3 12 25   80
    40.3% 36.0%                      

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Mavericks

All Stats

PLAYER MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
H. Barnes, F 33 5-17 0-1 5-5 1 6 7 0 0 0 4 0 -16 15
D. Finney-Smith, F 22 2-6 0-3 1-1 0 3 3 0 0 1 0 0 -5 5
A. Bogut, C 20 1-4 0-0 0-0 5 5 10 1 0 1 2 3 -9 2
W. Matthews, G 31 3-10 2-7 1-1 0 2 2 1 1 0 1 0 -13 9
S. Curry, G 34 4-14 2-4 1-1 2 2 4 2 0 0 1 3 -25 11
D. Powell 17 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 3 -12 0
J. Anderson 32 2-9 0-4 2-2 0 6 6 2 1 1 4 1 -7 6
J. Gibson 19 3-6 0-3 5-8 0 4 4 3 1 0 4 3 1 11
N. Brussino 14 1-3 1-3 2-2 1 3 4 0 0 0 1 0 11 5
S. Mejri 11 0-1 0-0 0-2 1 2 3 0 0 1 0 1 0 0
A. Hammons 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
J. Barea 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Williams 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Harris 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Nowitzki 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM   21-73 5-25 17-22 10 35 45 9 3 7 17 14   64
    28.8% 20.0%                      

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One-on-one with Jonathan Gibson

Earl K. Sneed goes one-on-one with Mavs guard Jonathan Gibson prior to tonight's game against Memphis.


Shootaround: Rick Carlisle

Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle weighs in on tonight's game against the Grizzlies.

DALLAS — With several injuries piling up in their banged-up backcourt, the Dallas Mavericks made two moves Friday morning to add a playmaker capable of stepping in before their matchup against the Memphis Grizzles.

Playing at least the next two games without starting point guard Deron Williams (left calf strain) and 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki (right Achilles soreness), the Mavericks (2-8) will take the floor Friday night minus their veteran leaders. The Mavs will also be without veteran guards Devin Harris (right great toe sprain) and J.J. Barea (left calf strain) for an extended period of time, handicapping their backcourt even more against the Southwest Division rival Grizzlies (6-5). Still, after waiving big man Quincy Acy and bringing in guard Jonathan Gibson, the Mavericks hope to compete at a high level in front of their hometown fans. And with another playmaker at his disposal, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle will try to guide his team to a win.

“You know, we need another playmaker. It’s as simple as that,” Carlisle said while addressing Gibson’s signing. “You know, playmakers have been one of our strengths in recent years, going back to years when we had Barea, (Raymond) Felton, Harris and D-Will. We’ve had four, and then the last couple of years we’ve had (Chandler) Parsons as a wing guy who’s a playmaker at the wing. Now, we were down one guy to start the season, if you look at those numbers, and then the injuries have just made it tough. It was very difficult having to let Acy go, because he’s a warrior. He’s exactly the kind of guy we want in our culture, he’s a guy who’s a good NBA player that’s still young and still getting better, and it’s just one of those things where he’s the guy for whatever reasons.”

The 6-fooot-2, 185-pound Gibson was a standout for the Mavericks during the Las Vegas summer league, earning an invite to training camp before eventually being waived during the team’s final cuts. He also averaged 7.1 points, 1.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 14.8 minutes during seven preseason games. Gibson now says he hopes to use that familiarity to his benefit, attempting to step in and contribute right away.

“I think it helps a lot, just as far as being here previously,” Gibson said of his familiarity with Carlisle’s system. “Just knowing the terminology, the signals and kind of how players are, being here and playing in preseason will help a lot going into the regular season.”

Note: The Mavericks will now return to American Airlines Center on Friday, hosting the Memphis Grizzlies. That game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

Injury updates:

Devin Harris (right great toe sprain) — out

J.J. Barea (left calf strain) — out

Deron Williams (left calf strain) — out

Dirk Nowitzki (right Achilles soreness) — out

DALLAS — After seeing his two years in Dallas cut short due to untimely knee injuries, former Maverick Chandler Parsons makes his return to American Airlines Center as a member of a Southwest Division rival Friday night.

Prior to undergoing arthroscopic surgery on March 25 to address an injury to his right medial meniscus, Parsons played in 61 games for the Mavericks (2-8) and made 51 starts last season while averaging 13.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists. The previous year he had his season come to an abrupt end as well after Game 1 of the Mavs’ first-round playoff series against Houston, requiring surgery to repair cartilage damage in his right knee after playing in 66 games and averaging 15.7 points, 4.9 rebound and 2.4 assists during the 2014-15 schedule. Now, after migrating to Memphis during free agency to join the division rival Grizzlies (6-5), Parsons will make his much-anticipated return to Dallas with his former team off to a sluggish start. And despite seeing plenty of personal success from Mavs new addition Harrison Barnes with career-high scoring numbers while filling the vacated role at small forward, coach Rick Carlisle admits that the team will have much work to do in order to ruin Parsons’ return to Dallas.

“We obviously are trying to win games,” Carlisle said after Wednesday’s 90-83 loss in Boston. “So far, it’s been difficult, but we’ve got to stay the course. It’s a long season. There’s a ton more games to go. No one’s going to drop their heads here, and I’ll make sure of that.”

Already playing without reserve guard Devin Harris (right great toe sprain) through the first 10 games of the season, the Mavericks are now expected to be minus fellow veteran J.J. Barea for an extended period of time after he went down in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s loss with a left calf strain. Meanwhile, starting point guard Deron Williams (left calf strain) and 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki (right Achilles soreness) enter Friday’s matchup listed as questionable, which could further handicap the Mavs as they try to begin a back-to-back that concludes Saturday in Orlando with a win.

Williams returned to the lineup after a four-game absence and slid into the starting lineup during Wednesday’s loss before being forced to exit the game late in the first half due to tightness in his aching calf. Nowitzki has also missed five straight contests, hoping to return to game action in the very near future after increasing his on-court workload this week.

Adding depth to the backcourt Friday morning with Barea expected to miss extended time, the Mavericks signed guard Jonathan Gibson and waived big man Quincy Acy. That said, the Mavericks could certainly benefit from having both Nowitzki and Williams in the lineup Friday night against a Memphis team that’s riding high after a 111-107 road win Wednesday over the Los Angeles Clippers. And after a hard-fought loss in Boston, the Mavericks will try to put together a complete 48 minutes back on their home floor.

“There’s no real secret. We’re just going through some adversity right now,” Barnes said after posting a team-high 28 points on 12-of-24 shooting in Wednesday’s loss. “I think we caught a little bit of a break with J.J. You know, he thought it was his Achilles on the court, and then we found out it was his calf, so that’s good. But we’ve just got to keep fighting. I mean, we’re putting ourselves in position to win. … We’ve just got to be better in that situation, but we didn’t have a great first half. We battled back, we got right there, and we had a great opportunity to win. So, coming back home against Memphis, it’s a must-win game.”

Note: The Mavericks will now return to American Airlines Center on Friday, hosting the Memphis Grizzlies. That game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

Injury updates:

Devin Harris (right great toe sprain) — out

J.J. Barea (left calf strain) — out

Deron Williams (left calf strain) — questionable

Dirk Nowitzki (right Achilles soreness) — questionable