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Dallas Mavericks: 5 players that will dictate playoff success

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks, Dorian Finney-Smith
Dallas Mavericks Dorian Finney-Smith Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Mavericks player that will dictate playoff success: 4. Dorian Finney-Smith

Finney-Smith is the most important Maverick nobody will be talking about. They do not rely on him to score or make plays. Doe-Doe does not produce flashy stats, but he is likely to guard the opposition’s best scorer. The 6’7 forward will be charged with slowing down an elite shot maker at every turn, and his success defensively could be the difference in the series.

Teams will play off Finney-Smith in the playoffs. No team did it more than the Utah Jazz during the regular season. They put Rudy Gobert on Doe-Doe and let him roam the floor in hopes of stopping Luka. Finney-Smith needs to hit shots like this one for Dallas to be successful in the playoffs.

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The 28-year-old has improved his ability to attack closeouts this season. Here he drives and scores on Gobert.

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If Doe-Doe can make that type of play in the playoffs, the Mavericks’ offense goes to another level. If teams do not respect his offensive game, Finney-Smith must make them pay. Just sinking wide-open shots will be massive as for the Mavs.

The Dallas Mavericks need Dorian Finney-Smith playing his best on the defensive end first and foremost. He will be a key part of their playoff success or failure this season.

Next: No. 3

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