Marion the Mavs’ Point Guard Stopper?
Shawn Marion had just completed a total shutdown of Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson, another in a recent string of defensive gems against some of the game’s quickest and craftiest playmakers, when the Dallas Mavericks small forward was asked to evaluate his next assignment.
Marion responded with his own question: “How much does he score?”
Sixteen points a game, Marion was told of guard Lou Williams, the Philadelphia 76ers’ leading scorer.
“Sixteen?” Marion said. “Huh.”
Forty-eight hours later, the Mavericks pulled out of Philly with a sixth consecutive victory. Williams got the Marion treatment during the second half and finished with just 12 points, his second-lowest output of the month. Sixers guard and second-leading scorer Jrue Holiday, shadowed by the 6-foot-7 Marion for a good chunk of Friday’s game, finished 0-of-9 from the floor, the only time this season he didn’t make a bucket.