Unassuming player that makes Dallas Mavericks playoff threat: 1. Dorian Finney-Smith
Finney-Smith transformed into a 3-and-D forward last season, but there were plenty of questions coming into the year. Could a career 33.0 percent shooter from 3-point range match his career-high of 37.6 percent? No. Instead, Doe-Doe has set a new one by making 38.8 percent this season. Since Feb. 1, he is shooting over 40 percent from downtown.
The Mavericks need Finney-Smith taking and making his wide-open triples. He will be a key floor spacer in the playoffs. Doe-Doe has improved his ability to drive and finish when teams run him off the line. Doing both makes Dallas’ offense scary.
His largest contributions come on the defensive end of the floor. Finney-Smith is often tasked with guarding the opposition’s leading scorer. Possible first-round assignments include Kawhi Leonard, Devin Booker, or Michael Porter Jr. If Doe-Doe slows down his matchup, the Mavs will be difficult to defeat in the playoffs.
The Dallas Mavericks have won ten of their last 12 games and are proving to be a playoff threat without Kristaps Porzingis. When the Unicorn returns, they will be a team nobody wants to face in the postseason. Fans should stay tuned to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest on the Mavs, including everything they need to know in the playoffs.