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Dallas Mavericks: Examining defensive woes and how to fix them

Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

How can the Dallas Mavericks improve their defense?

First, the Mavs need to communicate better and be locked in on the defensive end of the floor. They have taken too many possessions off and allowed a plethora of open looks this season.

Kristaps Porzingis has to improve. The Mavericks need him protecting the rim and altering shots. He has to move his feet and challenge more inside. KP is never going to be a stellar on-ball or perimeter defender. Dallas needs the bubble version of Porzingis back if they are going to make a playoff run this season.

Josh Richardson and Dorian Finney-Smith must do a better job on the perimeter. Both players are struggling a bit in their return from an extended absence. The time off this week should help them get their rhythm back. Both players must step up for the Mavericks to be in the top half of the league in defense.

The Dallas Mavericks have been a bit unlucky this season. Teams are shooting the lights out against them, but they need to improve. The Mavs must get their pick and roll defense figured out. Look for coach Rick Carlisle to find something that works and stick with it.

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Dallas needs to be a top ten defense if they want to compete for a championship. Stay tuned to see how they continue building their way to that goal.

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