Alright, I'm courtside at FedExForum where the Grizzlies will take on the Dallas Mavericks in about 30 minutes.
After a 1-8 start, the Grizzlies have rebounded with a 6-4 stretch over their past 10 games. The downside is that only one of those victories has come against a team with a winning record (Portland). Tonight the Grizzlies will begin a stretch of six consecutive games against teams currently over .500, so we're about to find out something about just how much progress this team has made.
Of particular concern tonight: Defending Dirk Nowitzki. The former MVP is playing at that level again so far this season and presents huge match-up problems for the Grizzlies. Zach Randolph might be lost trying to check him, which should mean lineups in which either Rudy Gay or DeMarre Carroll get the call. But what about when Dallas goes small and plays Nowitzki at center?
I'll have a post-game report up later tonight, but drop in here with questions, comments, or unhinged rants if you have any.
Let's do this.