Underwhelming would seemingly be a good way to describe Shawn Marion’s production recently.
At least, that’s what anybody looking at box scores would conclude.

Oh, Marion had 19 points in the win at Oklahoma City on Sunday. But for the most part, he’s been an afterthought at the offensive end, averaging just 8.3 points in the Mavericks’ last six games, five of them victories.

Dirk Nowitzki, Marion’s running mate at the forward positions, couldn’t care less.

He knows the Mavericks probably wouldn’t have beaten Boston on Monday if not for the work the man they call Matrix did at the defensive end on Jeff Green, who came into the game averaging more than 17 points per game. And it continued a strong run of defense for Marion.

“’Trix had some big stops,” Nowitzki said. “I thought ’Trix did a great job on [Sunday against Kevin] Durant — as good as you can guard him. And to come back against Green, who had 39 [vs. New Orleans on Sunday], another great scorer in our league, and he was, what, 2-for-10?

“Shawn is still our go-to guy on defense, and he competed outstandingly.”

Actually, Nowitzki shortchanged Marion. Green was 2-for-12.

That came after Durant, who will either be the league MVP or runner-up behind LeBron James, shot just 8-of-20 against the Mavericks. Yes, he scored 30 points, but these days, that’s a low game for Durant.