Dallas Mavericks Rise Above Memphis Grizzlies' Shortcomings

By Elaine J. Dispo
Dallas Mavericks vs. Memphis Grizzlies
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The Dallas Mavericks‘ defeat of the Memphis Grizzlies shows that the team is off to a strong start back at home since stumbling across a rough patch on the West Coast.

Entering this matchup, the Mavs already had many factors in their favor over the Grizzlies. These included the returns of center/power forward Brandan Wright for the first time this NBA 2013-14 season, as well as All-Star PF Dirk Nowitzki and head coach Rick Carlisle, who were sick from Saturday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

In light of Wright’s return, let’s reflect on how he shined as the leading scorer in both of his previous games. This was Dallas’ home opener against the New Orleans Pelicans – right before the Mavs’ road game in Memphis, where they were victorious, thanks to valuable swingman Vince Carter.

However, in this game, the Big D’s mainBig D” pulled through. Now that Nowitzki is back, this history-maker, in all of his game-diligence, led all players in scoring with a whopping 20 points.

Memphis already had drawbacks before Dallas sealed this team’s fate on the floor for the night. First, they lacked center Marc Gasol and point guard Mike Conley. Then small forward Tayshaun Prince‘s sore left knee set him back on the “Do Not Dress” list for the first time since the season started.

Now Dallas has a .600 win-loss percentage while Memphis is at .400. Their record is reverse: 15 victories for the Mavs and defeats for the Grizzlies to 10 Mavs losses and Grizzlies wins. What a great way to wrap up Wednesday. Just one week before Christmas, Dallas gives us Mavs Fans for Life an early gift of improvement, so let this victory package keep giving with more wins!

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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