Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks win over Hornets: 3. Cauley-Stein has earned more minutes
Willie Cauley-Stein had an outstanding game in Charlotte. Some may scoff at his four points, but Trill made a massive impact. He grabbed 14 rebounds plus had two assists, one steal, and three blocks in 30 minutes of action. The Mavericks benefitted from his energy and hustle. WCS gave them three extra possessions too with offensive boards.
Some questioned the fit between Cauley-Stein and Kristaps Porzingis in the frontcourt, especially after coach Rick Carlisle used it for a total of 16 minutes last season. The duo played well against the Hornets. They outscored Charlotte by six points in the first six minutes and never looked back on Jan. 13.
Willie Cauley-Stein has earned more minutes with his impressive play since moving into the starting five, which makes coach Carlisle’s job even more difficult. When Maxi Kleber, Dorian Finney-Smith, and Dwight Powell return, all three players will be hungry for frontcourt minutes. The Mavericks also have James Johnson, Boban Marjanovic, and Kristaps Porzingis to find time for at the four and the five.
Trill has earned more run, even if the numbers do not work out to give it to him this season.
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