Monday marks the second of two consecutive matchups between the Dallas Mavericks and the Memphis Grizzlies. Memphis won the March 11 matchup over the Mavs 112-108.
As the second leg of the back-to-back approaches, many have been discussing the trash talk of Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks.
Brooks had taken jabs at both of Dallas’ star players, Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic, ahead of Saturday’s showdown.
Mavs big man Christian Wood is expecting more of the same in the March 13 matchup.
“Things are definitely going to get chippy,” Wood told The Dallas Morning News’ Callie Caplan. “[Saturday] was a little chippy, but it’s going to get worse. That’s just how it is when you play a team a lot in a small amount of time. So we’ve just got to be ready for it, be ready for the physicality … and, you know, punch them in the mouth first.”
Wood explained that he shared some words with Brooks during Saturday’s loss in Memphis.
“It’s just a lot of talk, especially if nobody’s even started something,” Wood said. “I had a few words to say to him. That was for Kyrie, so it felt good.”
Dillon Brooks Jabs at Mavs’ Kyrie Irving & Luka Doncic
Brooks’ aforementioned jabs at Doncic and Irving were in relation to neither star suiting up for the game in Memphis.
The 27-year-old first fired criticism at Dallas’ European guard, angling that he was soft and had no interest in the physicality of the gritty Grizzlies.
“It’s goes to show that sometimes they ain’t ready to come back to a physical game,” Brooks said via Memphis News’ Damichael Cole.
Luka Doncic is out tonight and is listed as day-to-day due to a left thigh strain.
Dillon Brooks on Luka being out today:
“It’s goes to show that sometimes they ain’t ready to come back to a physical game.”
— Damichael Cole (@DamichaelC) March 11, 2023
The Canadian guard then pivoted to Irving, who at the time was questionable to play. Brooks explained that he was happy to have Uncle Drew all to himself, without Doncic on the floor.
“Now I can get him by myself today, so I want to see what he’s all about,” Brooks told ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. “He had a couple of words for me in Brooklyn, so I can’t wait to pick him up full every time and see him get …read more