The Dallas Mavericks have righted the ship in February thanks to the return of their elite offense. Luka Doncic is steering, but he needs floor spacers knocking down shots. Dorian Finney-Smith is a key piece of the equation.
He struggled from 3-point range early in the season before missing nine games in the health and safety protocols. In his last 12 games, Doe-Doe is shooting 40.4 percent from deep, and the Mavs have a top-five offensive rating during that stretch.
Finney-Smith had a fantastic all-around game on Feb. 27 as the Mavericks dominated the Nets in Brooklyn. He won the Defensive Player of the Game belt for his performance. Let us take a closer look including highlighting an incredible block.
Dallas Mavericks wing Dorian Finney-Smith wins Defensive Player of the Game belt vs. Nets
Finney-Smith and the Mavs used a total team effort to make life difficult on Jams Harden. The former MVP had 15 points in the first quarter, but Dallas found their rhythm to hold him to 29 on the night. They forced the rest of the Nets to beat them, which was a difficult task with Kevin Durand and Kyrie Irving out. Brooklyn scored just 34 second-half points to give the Mavericks a dominating victory.
Harden drove to the basket in the third quarter and Finney-Smith produced an incredible chase-down block. It was a must-see play.
Doe-Doe’s work earned him the Defensive Player of the Game belt on Saturday. Fans can expect him to win it frequently as the season progresses.
The Dallas Mavericks are back to .500 with just two games remaining before the All-Star break. They should continue to climb the standings. Luka Doncic is playing at an MVP level. Kristaps Porzingis looks healthy and ready to produce massive numbers. The role players are fitting in nicely as Dallas is starting to get hot.
Stay tuned for what promises to be a fun and entertaining second half of the season.