Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks win over Timberwolves: 3. THJ gets hot
The Mavs started Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis, Josh Richardson, Dorian Finney-Smith, and Maxi Kleber for the fifth straight game. That meant Tim Hardaway Jr. came off the bench again. The Mavericks new sixth man was red hot in the first half. He had 22 points in 14.5 minutes including making six of his nine field goal attempts.
Hardaway Jr. finished with 24 in 29 minutes in Monday’s win. Dallas needed every point in the 127-122 victory.
THJ is fitting in well as the sixth man. He averages 19.3 points and 4.3 3-pointers made in his seven games coming off the bench this season. Hardaway Jr. is still playing close to 30 minutes per contest but has the opportunity to exploit second units in his new role. Do not be surprised to see the veteran increase his scoring as the Dallas Mavericks sixth man.
Coach Rick Carlisle appears committed to staggering the minutes of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. Hardaway Jr. is key when either star is off the floor. The offense tends to struggle when Luka sits. THJ needs to pick up the slack and continue to make key shots for the Mavericks when their superstar is on the bench.
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