The Mavs enter the playoffs playing their best basketball of the season, winning seven out of their last ten games. They finished the season with a 42-30 record, which was good enough to win the Southwest Division and finish with the fifth-best record in the Western Conference.
Today, we will look at three players with something to prove for three very different reasons. Each player mentioned can completely change the matchup against the Clippers and help Dallas pull the upset.
Dallas Mavericks with everything to prove in the playoffs: 3. Jalen Brunson
Jalen Brunson will be making his playoff debut for the Mavs after missing the bubble recovering from shoulder surgery. Brunson is no stranger to playing in big games. During his time as a Villanova Wildcat, he won two NCAA Championships.
Brunson has been arguably the Mavericks’ second-best player this season. Although his numbers don’t reflect that notion, all you have to do is watch the Mavs to see how important Brunson is to the team.
With Luka Doncic at the helm, the Mavericks will be in the Western Conference playoff picture for years to come. They need to know that Brunson is a player that they can depend on to produce in the playoffs.
If Brunson can do this, he will solidify his spot as one of the best backup point guards in the NBA. Every contender needs guys that they know they can depend on when the stars are out of the game or aren’t having a good one. Brunson fits that description perfectly.
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