Memphis Grizzlies Show Effort and Talent in Win Against Dallas

A. Enslen ButlerContributor IDecember 7, 2009

PHOENIX - NOVEMBER 25:  Rudy Gay #22 of the Memphis Grizzlies jumps for a rebound during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on November 25, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Suns defeated the Grizzlies 126-111.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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For one game, the Memphis Grizzlies showed its fans their potential.

Memphis beat a hot Dallas Mavericks team Friday night at FedEx Forum, 98-82.

It had to be the most complete win of the young season against a team that came into the game with a 14-5 record.

"We're kidding ourselves if we think we're going to put forth the effort we did and win," said Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Terry said to the Dallas Morning News after the game.

That is something you would (and did) hear from the Grizzlies earlier this season.

Dallas would say that they took the Grizzlies lightly and came out soft. By the way, the word "soft" was their word, not mine.

But no matter the reason, Memphis began this three-game homestand with a big-time win against a big-time Western Conference team.

Dallas gambled and dared Memphis to beat them with jump shots.

Rudy Gay, O.J. Mayo, and Mike Conley answered by collectively shooting 9-14 from three-point range, and the team played enough defense to win.

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In the second quarter, Memphis rolled off 17 straight points to get out to a big lead and retained most of the margin in the win.

With LeBron James, Shaquille O'Neal, and the Cleveland Cavaliers coming to Memphis Tuesday night, the Grizzlies have the chance to show if they can compete with an Eastern Conference power.

It will let fans know about this team.

Are they progressing? Do you see the effort on the court?

A win would be nice, although not expected.

I would rather see a team that plays with a lot of intensity and effort for an entire game.

If Memphis can do that, wins will take care of themselves.

Tell me what you think about the team's play.

Also, give me a prediction for a final score in the Cleveland-Memphis game in the comments.

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