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01/31: Dallas Mavericks at Memphis Grizzlies Open Thread

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This is the third meeting between these teams this season. Dallas won the first two back in November, and coincidentally Josh Howard missed those games with a sprained ankle. The Mavs will be without Howard again tonight. Dallas won the first game thanks to Erick Dampier (22 and 15), and a 40 to 25 4th quarter. They met again the very next day and Dallas came out on top in less convincing fashion.

Memphis will have Pau Gasol tonight; he missed the first two meetings with a broken foot. They've also hired a new coach who has completely changed their offensive style to a fast pace game. The new style hasn't really helped them win more games though.

Running is fun but not the cure-all. The Griz averaged 94.5 points under Fratello and now score 100.2 points per game. Yet they allow about 10 more points per game, and have watched teams score 100-plus points in a franchise record 21 consecutive contests. Former Griz coach Hubie Brown would be ashamed.
As of right now, Greg Oden will probably be a Grizzly next season.

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