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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
Dallas Mavericks Willie Cauley-Stein Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks Dwight Powell Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Player at risk of getting squeezed from Dallas Mavericks playoff rotation: 1. Dwight Powell

It is Powell or Cauley-Stein for the backup center minutes with a healthy KP? Either one sharing the court with the Unicorn for more than a few minutes in any game is unlikely. All three are best suited to play center at this moment. The matchup could dictate who plays. Coach Carlisle will go with whichever option he feels gives Dallas the best chance at winning. Fans can bank on that.

Over his last ten games, Powell has been incredible. He averaged 10.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, 0.9 steals, and 0.8 blocks in 21.9 minutes per game. DP is shooting 78.7 percent from the field and 77.8 percent on his free throws. The 6’10 big man looks back after suffering a devastating Achilles injury last season. He is one of the league’s elite roll men and is starting to wreak havoc on opposing defenses.

Luka Doncic is going to run a ton of pick and rolls in the playoffs. Teams will be doubling and do everything they can to get the ball out of his hands. Powell gives him a roll man that will convert when left wide open. Those two or three easy buckets every game could be the difference in the series.

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Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle has a bunch of difficult rotation decisions to make this postseason. Expect plenty of adjustments as the series goes on. Every player will be key if they are going to go on a deep playoff run. Stay tuned to see how it all shakes out.

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