Harrison Barnes talks about being a go-to player
Grizzlies at Mavericks
7:30 p.m. Friday, American Airlines Center, Dallas
Radio: ESPN/103.3 FM and 1270 AM (Spanish)
Records: Grizzlies 6-5; Mavericks 2-8
About the Grizzlies: Memphis comes to town fresh off Wednesday’s 111-107 road victory over the Los Angeles Clippers, who had won seven in a row. With the Grizzlies down one point, center Marc Gasol drilled a game-winning 3-pointer with 14 seconds remaining. ... Gasol converted four baskets from 3-point range against the Clippers and has 16 this season after making just 12 in his first eight seasons. ... Point guard Mike Conley collected 30 points, eight assists and three steals against the Clippers. Conley averages 19.8 points per game and 6.5 assists per game. His five-year, $153 million free agent deal this past summer is the largest in NBA history. ... Former Mavs guard/forward Vince Carter, 39, is the NBA’s oldest active player.
About the Mavericks: Back home for one game, the Mavericks have been saddled by a combination of injuries and a rough schedule. ... The Mavericks are in the midst of playing 10 of their first 15 games on the road. ... Injuries to point guard Deron Williams (strained left calf), forward Dirk Nowitzki (sore right Achilles), guard Devin Harris (sprained right big toe) and guard J.J. Barea (strained left calf) haven’t helped the Mavericks’ situation. ... This is the opener of a back-to-back for the Mavericks, who play in Orlando on Saturday. ... Harrison Barnes has scored 20 or more points in six games this season, including the past five. He leads the Mavericks with a 22.9 scoring average.