The Dallas Mavericks are back in the playoffs for the second straight year. Luka Doncic led them through a whirlwind season to finish fifth in the Western Conference. A playoff rematch against the LA Clippers lies ahead in the first round. The Mavs will be looking to get revenge from the bubble series won by Kawhi Leonard and company in six games.
The focus is on the star talent. Luka will need to be otherworldly for the Mavericks to pull the upset. Kawhi is nearly unstoppable in the postseason. Will Paul George overcome his playoff woes from the bubble? Can Kristaps Porzingis stay healthy? There will be plenty of focus on the stars, but they might not decide the series.
The role players will be key. Both teams are going to sell out to slow down the opposing superstars. Role players will have to step up and knock down open shots. The rotations figure to be trimmed, but the Mavericks still have three secret weapons that they could dust off in the playoffs.
Dallas Mavericks secret weapons heading into the playoffs
Role players do not always qualify as secret weapons. Fans know that Tim Hardaway Jr. is a sharpshooter, who averaged over 16 points per game this season. Jalen Brunson won two NCAA titles at Villanova. Dorian Finney-Smith is having a breakout season and garnering more attention from the national media. Those players will all play key roles for the Mavericks but are too well known.
Here are three secret weapons the Dallas Mavericks have heading into the 2021 NBA Playoffs.
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