Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks win over Timberwolves: 4. JRich runs offense
Josh Richardson had an impressive game against the Timberwolves. He finished with 18 points on six of ten shooting from the field. JRich also chipped in five rebounds and eight assists in 36 minutes of action. Minnesota outscored Dallas by 11 during his time on the floor.
The Mavericks let Richardson bring the ball up the floor and initiate their offense frequently on Feb. 8. It is part of a trend that has seen him get more involved. JRich has at least four assists in three of his last five games. Dallas wants him to get comfortable as a secondary creator.
Expect Josh Richardson to handle the ball and initiate the offense more going forward. The Mavs would love to lessen Luka’s burden. JRich is a capable ball-handler and creator that needs the opportunity to show what he can accomplish. Do not be surprised to see the 27-year-old averaging four or five assists per game for a stretch this season. Richardson can do it.
The 6’5 wing is still trying to locate his jumper. He has struggled since his return from the health and safety protocols. Expect his shooting to get back on track as Josh Richardson connects on over 35 percent from 3-point range for the season.
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