The Dallas Mavericks have won eight of their last ten games after an impressive victory over the Brooklyn Nets on May 6. They are fighting to avoid the play-in tournament. The Mavs are currently fifth in the Western Conference, but just one game ahead of seventh. Only the top six advance directly to the playoffs, so Dallas has plenty of play for over the final six regular-season games.
The Mavericks’ hot streak is more impressive because they are doing it short-handed. Kristaps Porzingis and Maxi Kleber have missed multiple games. Both players are working hard to be ready for the postseason, and Dallas will need them if they are going to make a deep run.
The Mavs hot streak has overshadowed a rough stretch by Josh Richardson. The veteran guard has had a disappointing first season in Dallas. Is it finally time to change up the starting lineup?
Should the Dallas Mavericks bench Josh Richardson?
The Mavs acquired Richardson and a second-round pick for Seth Curry on draft night. Losing one of the best 3-pointer shooters in the NBA was painful, but the organization wanted to improve their perimeter defense. They believed JRich would bounce back after a down season in Philadelphia, but that has not been the case.
The 6’5 guard has started all 52 games he has played in this season. Should the Dallas Mavericks drop him to the bench at the most important time? Let us take a look at the team’s options and the pros and cons before trying to reach a verdict.
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