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Opportunities evade Shawn Marion

Mavs' issues in transition game against Blazers turn 'Matrix' into offensive afterthought

Updated: April 22, 2011, 10:55 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

PORTLAND, Ore. -- In the last month and change of the regular season, Shawn Marion reminded Dirk Nowitzki of the guy who was so hard to guard back when "The Matrix" was a four-time All-Star for the Phoenix Suns.

Marion emerged as an efficient offensive force in that stretch, which started soon after he was plugged into the Mavericks' starting lineup. Marion averaged 15.9 points on .547 shooting in his final 17 games of the regular season, scoring 20-plus points five times.

So Marion's ...

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