Big man that could cause Dallas Mavericks issues in postseason: 4. Deandre Ayton
If the Mavs remain in seventh and win their first game of the play-in tournament, they will advance to the playoffs as the seventh seed. That scenario likely results in a first-round matchup against the Phoenix Suns. Ayton may not be the Suns’ most dangerous player, but he has caused issues for the Mavericks this season.
The 6’11 big man, who Phoenix selected over Luka Doncic in the 2018 NBA Draft, dealt with foul trouble in the season opener, but still managed to produce 13 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks against the Mavs. In the two most recent meetings, Ayton had a combined 28 points and 34 rebounds as Phoenix swept Dallas in the season series.
All three were close games, and one could argue Ayton’s 13 offensive rebounds were the difference. Plays like this have killed the Mavs this season.https://videos.nba.com/nba/pbp/media/2021/01/30/0022000303/47/0b4bcaf0-1a76-03f1-3e35-6500b87c4014_1280x720.mp4
The Suns get two offensive rebounds and turned what should have been an empty possession into three points. Kristaps Porzingis will have to do a better job against Ayton on the glass if the Dallas Mavericks want to pull the upset, assuming the two teams match up in the playoffs.
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