Don't Make Me Use The Bat
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31min 19pts (8-14 1-3 2-2) 3reb 4ast 4stl 0blk 2To
Gay ( B ) -- with the Mavs constantly double teaming Cuz, we started drawing up first half plays for Rudy, and he did a solid job of converting. Never dominant, but finished with authority inside, and was also one of our guys who was constantly playing handsy defense against a Mavs team just laying the ball out there, and notched 4 steals.
Featured Grade 33min 24pts (10-16 2-2 2-3) 14reb 7ast 0stl 3blk 2TO
Cousins ( A ) -- Demarcus was presented with an opportunity to feast tonight and certainly got his fill with no one on the Mavs able to stop him. Had an inauspicious start to the game with an offensive foul barely 30 seconds into the game but soon drained a 3 pointer to put us on the board. Later in the first he had a put back off a Ben Mac miss, an assist to Collison off a double team for three and a block. Did not re-enter the game until the 4:44 mark of the second quarter as the Mavs cut the lead to 7. Was part of a defensive lapse that saw Mathews nonchalantly coast to the rim for 2 and later received his obligatory double foul. Early in the 3rd knocked down his second 3 (2/2) and drew a charge on Dorian Finney-Smith after getting stripped at the other end. Really started to take advantage of the mismatches and our lead grew to 23. Had another nice assist to Collison on his way to 7 on the night as he continued looking to get others involved. Was reinserted at the 7:50 mark of the 4th as Dallas made a run. Continued a good all around game with another of his 3 blocks and helped seal this much needed victory before leaving for good with about 3 mins left in the game. BBQ Chicken. --Suicide
17min 8pts (4-4 0-0 0-0) 4reb 0ast 1stl 0blk 0To
Koufos ( B ) -- surprised to see him get the start against the sizeless Mavs, but other than being in Cuz's way, never hurt us. Played big and got his little things to fall inside as he walked through the Mavs D-leaguers.
21min 9pts (3-11 1-6 2-2) 1reb 0ast 0stl 0blk 1To
McLemore ( D+ ) -- given a sudden opportunity to start, proceeded to do the Ben and remind everybody why he doesn't. Missed everything, provided little else.
30min 19pts (5-10 2-4 7-8) 3reb 3ast 0stl 0blk 5To
Collison ( C+ ) -- scored enough points to deserve some grade, but I was not terribly amused with his poor decisionmaking and on/off D. Part of the dominant starting group, but if somebody in it were making an error, felt like it was DC.
24min 2pts (1-2 0-1 0-0) 5reb 3ast 0stl 0blk 1TO
Barnes ( C+ ) -- more effective in this smaller role when not shooting. Made several great passes to set guys up for easy hoops, and avoided the sloppy turnovers. Looked to be fighting hard on D vs. his namesake Harrison, but about the only guy his namesake muscled anything in over.
18min 10pts (5-7 0-1 0-0) 5reb 3ast 0stl 0blk 1TO
Casspi ( B ) -- solid bench minutes in which he seemed scared to take the three for some reason, but aggressively rumbled into the paint for his finishes instead.
15min 6pts (3-5 0-0 0-2) 3reb 1ast 2stl 0blk 1TO
Cauley-Stein ( C ) -- did some things, getting set up for his big finishes at the rim, and in this one joining the poking away for steals trend that much of our team was involved in. But game felt like a step back fluttering-wise. Lost on the glass, not physical, and some shaky decisions
21min 6pts (3-9 0-1 0-0) 2reb 1ast 2stl 0blk 0TO
Lawson ( C ) -- wasn't very good on either end this time, and was a certain lack of control of the game that got annoying as we started to pee our lead away.
27min 17pts (5-6 4-4 3-4) 3reb 3ast 0stl 0blk 1TO
Temple ( B+ ) -- grade gets nicked a bit for things not entirely withing his control, as he repeatedly got victimized against Deron for continuation plays. But was playing good defense, and in this one good offense too, as he became the one non-Cuz to really start bombing from 3pt land.
3min 0pts (0-0 0-0 0-0) 0reb 1ast 0stl 0blk 0TO
Tolliver ( INC ) -- just the three minutes of endgame garbagetime