Dallas Mavericks’ Shawn Marion Demands Need for Consistent Defense

By Elaine J. Dispo
Marcin Gortat-Shawn Marion
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The “Big D,” as in the Dallas Mavericks, need to maintain “D,” as in defense, in their game.

Mavs small forward and key defender Shawn Marion, a.k.a. “The Matrix,” mentioned that consistency in his and his fellow players’ defensive approaches would benefit them all the way around after practice on Monday.

“On defense, if we can stay consistent more and just leave the effort out there, it’ll show, and it helps fuel the offense as well.”

After the members of the Mavericks makeover made their debut together as a team on Media Day, they hit the hardwood running on defense mode in their first training camp practice.

During the following week at Dallas’ first exhibition to tip off the preseason, the Mavs incurred a shameful high turnover total of 28 when they faced the New Orleans Pelicans, but they minimized them when they went on to visit the Memphis Grizzlies.

This goes to show that the Mavericks must work on their offensive techniques as well, yet Marion is right on the ball about declaring that their defense is key to their success to stop their opponents’ offense and flow into their own offense.

“When we’re able to create turnovers and limit offensive rebounds, we’ve got to push the ball and it opens a lot of things for us.”

Absolutely agreed, Matrix. I always expect to see a Mav heading toward the hoop for the ball once the man he is defending shoots, so that Mav can rebound, unless he blocks his man effectively to prevent that attempt.

Either way, Dallas can climb up the standings in the NBA if all Mavs on the court make defensive plays.

While the Mavericks forged the “W” against the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night with my Nowellis Dynamic Duo, power forward Dirk Nowitzki and shooting guard Monta Ellis, leading the Mavericks‘ scoring at 19 points apiece, the Wizards’ Trevor Ariza still scored more than they did with 27 points. This implies that Dallas’ defense was not enough to get past this Washington forward, but luckily they still ended regulation with victory and a milestone for Nowitzki whose offense is reliable.

This weekend Dallas wraps up the week by facing Florida teams, the Miami Heat and the Orlando Magic, so bring on that Big D for Dallas and defense, Mavs. Please and thank you.

Elaine Dispo is a Dallas Mavericks writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter, “Like” her on Facebook or add her to your network on Google.

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