The Dallas Mavericks head to Memphis to play the Grizzlies Wednesday night in the final game of the 2016-17 season. Unfortunately, this game is essentially meaningless, with Dallas knocked out of the playoff hunt a few weeks ago and the Grizzlies locked into the seven seed regardless of outcome.
Here’s what to know if you’re considering watching this basketball-like substance:
Dirk Nowitzki is done for the year
Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle made this announcement last night after the game against Denver. This shouldn’t be shocking, considering the big German has had to deal with that pesky Achilles injury again. Thus far, no other announcements have been made regarding the Maverick roster. Wesley Matthews is the only player who comes to mind who could sit, but knowing him he’ll want to finish out the season.
How will Yogi shoot?
Yogi Ferrell is the definition of a streaky shooter. He caught fire in a massive way at the perfect time and now he’s a key contributor through at least next year. The last six games of March saw Yogi shoot a ridiculous 60% from downtown. In April, with the one exception of the Phoenix game, he’s shooting just 25% from beyond the arc. If his cold streak continues, expect Dallas to struggle offensively.
Will the Minnesota Timberwolves win? Will the Kings win too?
Let’s be honest, at this point a great deal of us are watching the standings, and those annoyingly hapless Wolves can’t seem to do the Mavericks a solid. Unlike Dallas, they aren’t outright tanking—they just can’t win. The Kings and Mavericks are tied for the 8th worst record and the Wolves have a one game "lead" on each squad. The Wolves face off against a playoff-ready Houston squad. If the Wolves win and the Mavericks and Kings each lose, they all tie for the 7th worst record in the league. If the Wolves lose again, which seems likely, and the Mavericks and Kings each take a loss, then Dallas will be tied for 8th worst record with Sacramento***.
***All of this could be wrong. I wrote this really quickly before heading into a meeting. Sorry if I F-ed up.
How to watch
Tip off is at 8:00pm central on TXA21 locally and League Pass for everyone else!