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Dallas Mavericks: How the Mavs are unlocking Kristaps Porzingis

Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks are white-hot at the right time. The regular season is wrapping up, and the playoffs are right around the corner. The Mavs have won 12 of their last 15 games. The scorching stretch has helped them clinch a playoff berth and a top-six seed in the Western Conference.

Dallas made their move without Kristaps Porzingis for a significant stretch. He injured his ankle against the Lakers on April 24 and missed the next three contests. KP got hurt in his return game and sat out seven straight with a knee injury. The Unicorn has shown zero rust from the layoff in his two contests since returning to the floor.

It was not the stiffest competition, but Porzingis had two outstanding games back-to-back. The Mavs have helped him make a few changes to improve his efficiency, and KP is playing outstanding as a result. Here is a closer look at how Dallas is unlocking the Unicorn.

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How are the Dallas Mavericks unlocking Kristaps Porzingis?

It is an extremely small sample. Two games are not enough to make any broad determinations about Porzingis, but it has been interesting to see the Mavericks using a few fresh tactics to help him get more involved.

KP has a ton to prove. He hears the injury-prone labels and criticism from fans all the time. The Unicorn would love to silence his doubters and help Dallas go on a deep playoff run.

Here are five ways the Dallas Mavericks are unlocking Kristaps Porzingis heading into the 2021 NBA Playoffs.

Next: No. 5

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