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Mavericks: Was trade deadline anxiety a factor for Kristaps Porzingis?

Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The best basketball from Dallas Mavericks star Kristaps Porzingis is still to come

Porzingis is healthy and locked in with the Mavs for the remainder of the season. The team is hungry to move up and avoid the play-in tournament. They have no choice but to band together and see how far they can go.

KP played the best basketball of his career inside the Orlando bubble. He averaged 30.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game during the seeding stretch before having two monster playoff performances. Porzingis will be looking to catch fire down the stretch for the second straight year. Going off and averaging a 25-point double-double per game could be enough to lift the Mavericks to sixth and help them avoid the madness of the play-in.

KP needs to get his jumper locked in. His two of five shooting performance from three against the Pistons on April 21 could be the start of him hitting close to 40-percent down the stretch. The Unicorn has also increased his rebounding with five double-digit games in his last seven.

Next. Does it matter if Doncic and Porzingis are close?

Expect Kristaps Porzingis to have a monster stretch run and give any opponent fits in the playoffs. His shift to attacking more should allow him to be more efficient as the Dallas Mavericks advance past the first round for the first time since 2011.