Dallas Mavericks will struggle defensively without Kristaps Porzingis on the floor
The Dallas Mavericks had their second scrimmage of the restart on July 26. The day got off to a bad start as it was announced Mavs star Kristaps Porzingis missed a novel coronavirus test on Saturday and would be forced to sit out. He should be able to return to practice on July 27.
The Mavericks lost to the Indiana Pacers 118-111 in their second game from Orlando. It was just a scrimmage. The Mavs were shorthanded with only 12 healthy players. There was some good, though. Luka Doncic narrowly missed a triple-double.
The Mavericks struggled on the defensive end against the Pacers. Coach Rick Carlisle has made it a theme of camp for the team to improve on that end of the floor. The scrimmage may have uncovered some flaws the Mavs have moving forward.
Dallas Mavericks will struggle defensively when Kristaps Porzingis is not on the floor
The Mavs are light on big men heading into the restart. Porzingis is one of three on the roster. Maxi Kleber and Boban Marjanovic are the only two other traditional bigs. Obviously, KP sitting out for any reason will cause some issues. He is an elite defender, but let us put that aside.
Today, we will examine the struggles the Dallas Mavericks will have defensively with either Kleber or Marjanovic as the only big man on the court. Perhaps some of these issues get solved during the seeding games. If not, they could sink the Mavs in the NBA Disney playoffs.