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Dallas Mavericks: 5 takeaways from home win over Hawks

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Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks win over Hawks: 4. WCS brings needed boost

Willie Cauley-Stein did not play by coach’s decision for two straight games entering Wednesday night. The seven-footer earned a spot in the starting lineup when the Mavs were dealing with their health and safety protocol issues, but Dwight Powell was the preferred option in the Mavs’ last two wins.

Trill returned to the rotation with a vengeance against the Hawks. He had 14 points and six rebounds in 23 minutes of action. Cauley-Stein was five of six from the field and made all four of his free throws. The seven-footer earned the Defensive Player of the Game belt on Wednesday night too.

WCS was part of the Mavericks closing lineup that outscored the Hawks by five points over the final seven minutes of action to pick up the win. He brought a ton of energy to the floor. Dallas outscored the Hawks by 19 points during his 23 minutes on Feb. 10.

Expect coach Rick Carlisle to continue to mix it up with the backup center minutes. Both Willie Cauley-Stein and Dwight Powell deserve playing time, but the Mavs depth does not allow it. Both will get plenty of opportunities moving forward. Expect them to capitalize when their number is called.

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