Dallas pays a visit to Memphis
(Sports Network) – The Dallas Mavericks try to continue their recent
string of success against the Grizzlies tonight when the club invades Memphis
and the FedExForum.
The Mavericks have won five in a row over the Grizzlies and 10 of the last 11
matchups. Memphis has just three wins over Dallas in its last 25 meetings with
Dallas has also won 13 of its last 15 games at the Grizzlies.
The Mavericks were in action Tuesday, playing in their second straight home
game, and handed Seattle a 122-102 defeat to win for the 10th time in their
last 11 games.
Austin Croshere came off the bench and nailed seven three-pointers as part of
a career-high 34-point performance. Croshere made 11-of-14 from the floor and
also grabbed seven rebounds, while Greg Buckner chipped in a season-high 17
Forward Josh Howard missed the game after the birth of his child, but is
expected to be with the club tonight.
Dallas, which is 16-6 on the road this season, returns home this weekend to
begin a three-game homestand.
Memphis comes into the game after rallying from a double-digit deficit in the
fourth quarter to defeat Sacramento, 124-117 on Monday. The win earned the
Grizzlies a split of the first two games of their current five-game homestand.
The high-scoring club lost to Portland 135-132 in double-overtime in the
Pau Gasol netted 34 points and tied his own franchise mark of eight blocks in
a game, which he already shared with Stromile Swift. Swift turned the trick in
2002 while Gasol swatted eight shots in February of 2004.
Mike Miller had 27 points and six assists for Memphis, which will also host
Indiana and Houston.
The Grizzlies made a roster move on Tuesday when they waived guard Eddie
Jones. In 29 games this season, Jones averaged 5.6 points, 2.1 rebounds and
1.1 assists in 19.3 minutes per game.
Jones was acquired by Memphis from Miami in a five-team trade on August 2,
2005. In 104 games with Memphis, he averaged 10.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.0
assists per game.
The release of Jones should mean more minutes for Dahntay Jones and Rudy Gay.
Memphis is 9-14 at home and 0-9 against the Southwest Division. The team also
has the worst record in the league, .012 percentage points behind Boston