Mavs and other NBA teams are waiting for more training time

It’s hard enough to try to put together a sophisticated game plan to try to stop some of the best athletes in the world. It is even more insane to try to do this without much practice time.Sean

Thanks to the ramifications of COVID-19, this is what the Dallas Mavericks and the other 29 NBA teams face. But surprise, surprise, surprise. On Friday morning something happened to the Mavs that did not happen in ….

“We had a round (Friday) morning,” interim head coach Sean Sweeney said. “It simply came to our notice then.

“But I think in general you have to understand how much time you have or not, (and) try to be clear and concise in your message.”

Memphis Grizzlies head coach Darko Rajakovic lamented the plight of NBA coaches and players today.

“More or less all teams are in the same situation,” Rajakovic said before the Mavs exercised the Grizzlies, 112-85, Friday night in Memphis. “We are losing players due to Covid, due to injuries for different reasons, getting players with 10-day offers. There are a lot of things happening right now. All the time we are acting like everything is normal and we are living a normal life, and you see a room full of people with masks.

Wound“We are in the middle of a pandemic! Definitely, this also influences everything we do on the basketball court. Our preparation, our practices, everything is done to try to keep our boys safe and have bodies available to play with. “

“Make your sophistication your simplicity,” he said. “So the guys understand what they’re trying to do, and then they can do it as hard and as well as they can.

“And then be prepared to go every night with who your opponent is and how to apply what your system is, things that coach (Jason) Kidd preaches, to that opponent.”

With COVID-19 limited to the amount of face-to-face time players and coaches are spending, there is a lot of improvisation.

“Our guys do a really good job preparing for matches just watching a lot of movies, watching a lot of movies with their individual coaches, so that helps a lot to prepare for every game,” he said. dir Rajakovic. “But every time we have a chance we can’t forget, if you’re a young team, every time we have a real chance we like to get on the ground and talk about different situations and what we can do offensively and defensively and just to allow this thing keep growing “.

PORZINGIS STILL OUT: Mavs acting head coach Sean Sweeney said he spoke with striker Kristaps Porzingis, who has missed the last seven games, the last six due to health and safety protocols.

“When I talked to him it’s been pretty good and I was looking forward to coming back soon,” Sweeney said. “Therefore, regular positive communication.”

Porzingis has yet to play a game in 2022. The last time he played, on December 31 in Sacramento, he finished with 24 points, nine rebounds,KP six assists and two blocks when the Mavs defeated the Kings, 112-96.

“Porzingis is a heckuva player,” said Memphis Grizzlies head coach Darko Rajakovic. “It simply came to our notice then.

“But at the same time they’ve found a bit of a groove lately. They’ve just won six games in a row before losing to New York (Wednesday against the Knicks). They seem to be playing well there, playing together and competing at a high level.”

Sweeney is not sure when Porzingis will be ready to play again. Nor is he sure what he has been able to do on the basketball court.

“I think what he’s allowed to do is he’s trying to do,” Sweeney said. “I’m not really sure what the rules are.”

DEFENSE RULES ON THE DAY: Both the Mavs and the Grizzlies have come a long way this season in terms of defense.

When the two teams met again on December 8, the Mavs were 20th in the NBA on defensive rating and the Grizzlies were last. Just over a month later, and the Grizzlies are the first in the league in defensive standings and the Mavs are fifth.

WoundSo how has defensive rating improved so quickly in the middle of a season?

“I can’t speak for them and their coaches and what they’re doing every day,” Mavs head coach Sean Sweeney said. “But for us it has been trying to focus on daily improvement, understanding the things that matter most on the defensive, understanding what our strengths are and how we want to play, and then applying it to whoever the opponent is.

“Try to do the things that matter most, focus on the 80 percent each day and then apply the 20 percent to who we play that night.”

Grizzlies head coach Darko Rajakovic is very impressed with the defensive intensity the Mavs bring to the court and the way they block the passing lanes.

“They do really well to pull off three, they do a really good job of playing one on one,” he said. “They have great active bodies and I give them some credit for the culture they have developed with the new coaching staff. You can see the results of this “.

The Mavs ’defense was fully on Friday as they kept the Grizzlies just 30 points behind in the second half, including just 12 in the fourth quarter. The results: The Mavs won, 112-85, and broke the Grizzlies’ 11-game winning streak, as Memphis lost for the first time since suffering a 113-104 loss to the Golden State Warriors on December 23. .

Meanwhile, the 85 points are the lowest the Grizzlies have scored this season.

IN BRIEF: The Memphis Grizzlies baseman Ja Morant has overtaken Luka Doncic and finished second in the final round of the fans.wound voting for next month’s All-Star Game, the players voted on the back track of the Western Conference. Morant has 1,633,313 votes against 1,410,605 for Doncic. Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors is the leader of the back-west track with 4,463,426 votes. “His efficiency this year has been pretty impressive,” Mavs head coach Sean Sweeney said of Morant. “On the offensive, with his ability to attack the paint, that’s something that was strong before. But (he’s) finding different ways to get into (the paint), taking advantage of his game and some of his points. “I think they’ve done a good job in the role they’ve been asked to play. But only their full game and efficiency have been pretty impressive so far.” In his assessment of Morant, Doncic said: “I think he deserves the attention he is receiving. By the way, Doncic scored 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in Friday’s 112-85 victory over the triple-double of his three and a half years of career. Surprisingly, all the other players who have played for the Mavs since they became an NBA franchise in 1980 have combined for just 40 triple-doubles. Doncic said: “I think it’s a pleasure to hear that, obviously, but I think it’s a different basketball.” .The Mavs are now 17-10 in the games Doncic has played this season and only 6-9 in the games he has lost.

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