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How to Beat the Grizzlies:
• PROTECT – Must take care of the ball and not let them get out off turnovers.
• DEPTH– Which team can survive its injuries and be healthy? Conley is back and Randolph is back and Mayo is good off the bench. Memphis' schedule has been a load. Mavs need to utilize depth - but that gets eaten into with no Kidd.
• RHYTHM – Important to get all players into the flow on offense. Be patient, don't settle for shots, make shots. At the same time, in crunch time, the ball needs to be in the right hands of the right people.
• PSYCHOLOGY – "I don't know that it's a time for amateur psychologist analysis,'' Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said after the Portland loss. And he's right. But it is time for professional self-analysis. Both teams are coming off the first of back-to-backs. Memphis just beat the Heat. But Dallas is an impressive 12-6 in this situations. Yet since Feb. 1, the defending champs are now a .500 team. Losses are coming in a variety of ways, including what Portland did on its final possession ...
Is there a negative hangover from things like that? That's got to change, from the neck up as well as on the court.