The Commercial Appeal
Grizzlies snap 3-game road losing streak
Winning on the road has been tough for the Memphis Grizzlies lately, but Monday’s performance against the Dallas Mavericks was more reminiscent of the “road warriors” from last season.
Desmond Bane, who did his best damage on the road last season, was the leader of the pack. He combined quick pull-up 3-pointers with full speed downhill drives that kept the Mavs defense on their heels. Bane and Tyus Jones drove the basketball and setup teammates for open 3-point attempts. Dillon Brooks also added five assists.
Memphis knocked down enough 3pointers and played strong defense in a 104-88 road win over the Mavs on Monday at American Airlines Center.
David Roddy and Santi Aldama gave the Grizzlies (41-26) an offensive boost, and Bane led Memphis with 23 points and seven assists.
The Mavs (34-35) had most of their scoring come from Jaden Hardy and Josh Green. They were the only Dallas players in double figures.
Here are some takeaways from the game.
Stars out again
Monday was the second straight Mavericks and Grizzlies game that did not feature Ja Morant and Steven Adams for the Grizzlies or Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving for the Mavs. While it was known well before the game that Morant and Adams wouldn’t play, Doncic was announced as out on Sunday, then Irving’s status was revealed shortly before the game.
The status of Irving and Doncic only heightened the need for the Grizzlies to cure their road issues.
Desmond Bane rounding into an all-around playmaker
Bane dribbled up the floor and walked right into a 3-pointer near the midway point of the third quarter. On the following Mavs possession, Hardy did the same thing. It felt like the two players were about to be going back and forth down the stretch, but Bane combined his scoring with excellent playmaking to win that battle and help the Grizzlies pull away.
Since Morant has been out, Bane has picked up extra playmaking duties, and he’s proving that he can handle the increased offensive load. Bane has topped 20 or more points in five of his last seven games, including the last three. He has also had five or more assists in each of the last five games.
David Roddy stays hot
David Roddy showed on Monday that he wasn’t a one-game wonder. His ability to put the ball on the floor and finish through and around contact has stood out. The rookie forward also knocked down three 3-pointers again. After scoring 24 points against the Mavs on Saturday, Roddy doubled down with another big night, finishing with 19 points on 8-for-11 shooting.