The Dallas Mavericks are looking to make a playoff push down the stretch. Kristaps Porzingis and Seth Curry are heating up at just the right time.
Both players were being integrated onto a new team. Porzingis had not played organized basketball in 20 months. He was coming off a torn ACL that saw him miss the entire 2018-2019 season. The Unicorn also had to adjust to life as a second option in a modern offense. KP was no longer the clear star in an archaic system run by whoever the coach happened to be that week in New York.
Curry played for Dallas before his one year stint in Portland, but he was also adjusting to a new role on a different team filled with a lot of other rotation players fighting for minutes. It is almost hard to believe Curry averaged under 19 minutes a night in his first eight games this season.
The Mavericks have guard depth, though. Delon Wright is averaging just 21.4 minutes per game on the season despite being the favorite to start in the backcourt next to Luka Doncic before the year. Curry has worked his way into a larger role as the season progressed.
Now those adjustment days are in the rearview window. Recently, Porzingis and Curry have not just lived up to the lofty expectations set by MFFLs going into the year, they have surpassed them.