Dallas Mavericks Defeat Memphis Grizzlies In Final Home Preseason Game

Dallas Mavericks Tyson Chandler and Dirk Nowitzki on the bench during Memphis Grizzlies preseason game October 20, 2014. Mandatory Credit - Matt Thornton

Dallas Mavericks Tyson Chandler and Dirk Nowitzki on the bench during Memphis Grizzlies preseason game October 20, 2014. Mandatory Credit – Matt Thornton

The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday 108-103 in what is their final home preseason game at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. All five of the Mavs starters; power forward Dirk Nowitzki, small forward Chandler Parsons, center Tyson Chandler, point guard Jameer Nelson, and shooting guard Monta Ellis scored double-digits with Chandler and Ellis leading the team at 14 points each.

The Mavs looked like they were in midseason form in the second quarter outscoring the Grizzlies 30-17 netting a 57-44 half time lead for Dallas. Tyson Chandler has been working on his shot in the off-season and his efforts were on full display as he made 10 points and grabbed a game-high 8 rebounds in the first half alone. Check out this video of Tyson talking about his shot work as well as what he believes can be an “explosive offense” for the Mavericks this season.

Veteran team leader and NBA MVP Dirk Nowitzki also had nice things to say about Tyson Chandler’s ability to force defenders down into the paint to guard him, which opens up the floor for the rest of the players. Nowitzki also likes the off-season acquisition of small forward Al-Farouq Aminu saying he’s a versatile guy who can do a lot of different things.

One lineup that many, including Dirk, didn’t see coming was the use of three guards. Dirk believes the NBA is changing with movement and needing to have guys distribute the ball, but he cautioned saying where that lineup can get teams into trouble is on the defensive side. However, he felt like G Devin Harris and others could handle themselves on defense.  Watch the entire interview with Dirk Nowitzki.

While it was still a preseason game, the Mavericks impressed with their point distribution having seven players scoring in the double-digits while beating Memphis in rebounding 49-43 and dominating the Grizzlies on assists 29-14. The Mavs wrap up the preseason with three final road games against the New Orleans Pelicans, the Orlando Magic, and finally the San Antonio Spurs. Opening regular season night for Dallas is Thursday October 30th when the Utah Jazz come to town. Fans could see the Mavericks return to their playoff success if the potential of the team’s high-powered offense can be reached throughout the regular season.

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