How Dallas Mavericks adding J.J. Redick helps Luka Doncic: 3. Rest
Coach Rick Carlisle prefers to keep one of his star players on the floor at all times. When both Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis are healthy, the minutes with both on the bench are limited. Fans can see the game-by-game breakdown here, courtesy of PBP Stats.
In the last two games, the Mavericks have opened the fourth quarter with both Luka and KP on the bench. Carlisle went with a lineup of Jalen Brunson, Dwight Powell, Maxi Kleber, Tim Hardaway Jr., and J.J. Redick. They cut the gap from six to two against Memphis, but the opposition’s lead expanded versus the Knicks.
Still, the addition of Redick has given Luka a chance to get a breather at the start of the fourth quarter. Coach Carlisle has allowed Doncic to play all 12 minutes in the third, which was his highest-scoring quarter last season. Redick’s floor spacing improves the second unit enough that Carlisle is comfortable resting both of his star players simultaneously. Those additional blows are important for Luka in this compressed season.
It will be interesting to see how Carlisle decides to run his playoff rotation, but any added rest now could be massive for Luka Doncic in the postseason.
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