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Mavericks: The importance of Dwight Powell in the playoffs becomes clear

Dallas Mavericks Dwight Powell Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Dwight Powell Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks Dwight Powell Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Dwight Powell brings the Mavericks energy and hustle

Saturday’s win over the Lakers marked the third straight start for Powell. Maxi Kleber missed the first game of the set versus Los Angeles with a back injury, but he was healthy when they played Detroit. Coach Rick Carlisle opted for Powell in the starting lineup after the Mavericks had a few sluggish starts in a row. The result has been three straight wins for Dallas.

The Mavs never lack energy and hustle when DP is on the floor. He brings it, and his infectious personality hypes up other players. Powell is never afraid to dive for a loose ball or run the floor. His teammates love him and respect the hard work he has put in coming back from his Achilles injury. They want to help DP succeed in every way possible.

Powell’s energy and hustle will be massive for the Dallas Mavericks in the playoffs. Defenses are going to tighten up and scoring will go down. The Mavs must grab rebounds and fight for loose balls to be successful. Dwight Powell’s energy and effort should help them win more than a few.

The Mavs missed DP in the bubble playoffs, but the 6’10 big man is more than ready to make up for it in the 2021 postseason.

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