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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 Kristaps Porzingis (6) Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Mavericks player that will dictate playoff success: 2. Kristaps Porzingis

The Mavs battled the LA Clippers in the first round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs inside the Walt Disney World bubble. They were ahead by five in the third quarter of Game 1 when Porzingis was ejected after receiving his second technical foul. Dallas dominated Game 2 as KP had 23 points and seven rebounds. Luka Doncic missed time in the second half after injuring his ankle in Game 3, but the Unicorn’s 34 points and 13 boards kept the Mavericks in the contest. Dallas supporters had upset on their minds following what wound up being the last game of the season for Porzingis.

The 7’3 big man has battled injures down the stretch allowing him to take part in just two of the team’s last 12 games. KP returned on May 12 and looked outstanding as the Mavericks dominated the Pelicans.

The Dallas Mavericks need Kristaps Porzingis spacing the floor, scoring inside, and being the offensive Unicorn that makes him unstoppable.

His contributions on the defensive could be more important, though. They must have him protecting the rim and being able to get out on the perimeter if necessary. KP’s defense has been hit and miss this season. He needs to step up the consistency for Dallas to win in the playoffs.

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