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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: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Way Dallas Mavericks are unlocking Kristaps Porzingis: 2. Corner threes

Porzingis has attempted 17 corner 3-pointers this season. He has connected on 11 of them, but it has been a seldom-used part of the Mavericks offense. That appears to be changing, though.

Since his return, KP is two of two from the corners. The Mavs kicked off Friday’s game with Porzingis spotting up for the triple. Luka Doncic found him for a wide-open attempt and the early Dallas lead.

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The Unicorn was spotting up in the corner when he cut for the unbelievable dunk off the Tim Hardaway Jr. feed in the fourth quarter too. He often finds space above the break, but the Mavericks appear to be moving him into the corners more. For his career, KP is a 43.1 percent corner 3-pointer shooter, but the volume is small.

Putting Porzingis in the corner could get him more involved in the offense. Luka Doncic is a master of kicking it to the corner when teams sell out to stop him from driving to the basket. KP drilling a few easy triples should only make the 25-year-old ever more dangerous. There is no positive way to guard the Unicorn when he’s healthy.

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