Marion must take what he gets offensively

DALLAS -- We'll explore Jason Terry's extended shooting slump later this afternoon.

How about Shawn Marion's shooting touch or lack thereof?

Marion is shooting 47.3 percent of the floor, which isn't bad at all for a small forward but is surprisingly low given his shot selection. He's attempted only six 3-pointers all season. The vast majority of his shots are coming in the paint.

In Tuesday night's loss to Portland, all seven of Marion's attempts came within 10 feet of the hoop. None of them went down.

"I’ve just got to stay after it," Marion said. "That’s it. That’s what I’m getting. I’ve got to take what’s there for me.

"At the same time, there’s nothing I can do about that. Right now, I’m just trying to do what I can on both ends for this team. The opportunities I get, I’ve got to capitalize on them. It’s hard. It ain’t easy, but it is what it is."

Marion, whose 11.6 ppg is his lowest scoring average since his rookie season, doesn't feel like he's in the flow of the offense. He understands that he's usually the fourth scoring option on the floor -- and will rarely gets plays run for him -- and he's fine with that. It's just going to take some getting used to.

But a man with Marion's athleticism shouldn't have so much trouble finishing.