Mavs feel Marion's absence vs. Gay


DALLAS -- Rudy Gay is taking advantage of the fact that Shawn Marion is wearing a sportcoat and sitting on the Mavs' bench.

Gay, the Grizzlies' high-scoring small forward, has seven points on 3-of-4 shooting in the first six minutes. Caron Butler is an adequate defender, but he's not nearly as disruptive as Marion.

When the Mavs made a trip to Memphis last week, Gay had a miserable night. Marion and Co. held him to 11 points on 5-of-18 shooting in the Mavs' comeback win.

At least Butler is making Gay work on the other end. Butler, who has been in a funk recently, has six points on 3-of-5 shooting.