Predictably, the announcers have focused much of their chatter on the 'Big Three' and Dirk Nowitzki tonight. When they're not discussing those players, Mike Bibby's poor shooting and all of the Dallas Mavericks' guards have gotten some face time on television. However, for some reason, the ABC broadcast team hasn't talked a whole lot about Shawn Marion, and it's tough to figure out why.
As the third quarter comes to a close, Marion has been arguably the best player on the court. He isn't taking a lot of shots, predictably, but he's shooting an efficient 5-9 from the field and 3-4 from the free throw line with three minutes remaining in the third, good for 13 points. He also has nine rebounds, three of those offensive, to go along with three assists. His defense, whether he's had to guard Dwyane Wade or LeBron James, has been solid all night. Dallas are hanging on to a narrow 57-55 lead at the moment, and the all-around effort of Marion is a major reason why.
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