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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
Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Way Dallas Mavericks are unlocking Kristaps Porzingis: 3. Crash offensive glass

Extra possessions are massive in the playoffs. The Western Conference is wide open. Injuries and uncertainty surround almost every team. The Mavericks are arguably the healthiest and hottest team heading into the final weekend of the regular season. KP showed plenty of vigor as he aggressively attacked the offensive glass against the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.

In the second quarter, the Unicorn missed a 3-pointer. Instead of hanging his head and heading to the other end of the floor, he followed the shot for an offensive board and a lay-in.

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Porzingis also gave the Mavs an extra possession after Dwight Powell missed a free throw in the third quarter. He refused to let Freddie Gillespie take the board and forced the ball Dallas’ way.

https://videos.nba.com/nba/pbp/media/2021/05/14/0022001057/373/6da494d9-cca3-6679-0ed9-a1054e7cb6ff_1280x720.mp4

KP had five offensive rebounds on May 14, which was tied for his third-highest total of the season. He converted two of the five into easy scores and narrowly missed a third. Extra possessions and easy buckets at the rim will be massive for the Dallas Mavericks in the playoffs. Kristaps Porzingis looks eager to attack the glass and be a difference-maker for the team.

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