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Dallas Mavericks: 5 players at-risk of getting squeezed from playoff rotation

Dallas Mavericks Willie Cauley-Stein Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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The Dallas Mavericks have clinched a postseason berth and the Southwest Division crown with five games remaining in the regular season. Luka Doncic and his team are still fighting to avoid the play-in tournament. The top six teams in each conference advance directly to the playoffs. The Mavs are two games up on the Los Angeles Lakers for seventh with five games left.

No team wants to be part of the play-in. Seven faces eight with the winner advancing as the seventh seed. The loser battles the winner of the nine versus ten contest for the final playoff berth. The randomness of one game could end any teams season in the play-in tournament.

With the Mavs locking up at least a spot in the postseason, let us take a closer look at their rotation, and who could be on the outside looking in when the games matter most.

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Kristaps Porzingis has missed the team’s last five games as he battles a knee injury. Maxi Kleber sat out three straight with an Achilles issue. Both players are expected to return before the playoffs. Getting back two key rotation pieces means fewer minutes to go around.

Luka Doncic, Porzingis, Dorian Finney-Smith, Kleber, Josh Richardson, Jalen Brunson, and Tim Hardaway Jr. are locked for minutes when healthy. Coach Rick Carlisle used a ten-man playoff rotation inside the bubble until Game 6 when he shortened it to eight. Seven spots are in stone with the remaining players on the roster battling for the final spots.

Here is a look at five players that could get squeezed from the Dallas Mavericks playoff rotation.

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