Dallas Mavericks need more from Kristaps Porzingis
By Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks need Kristaps Porzingis to hit open shots and communicate
Porzingis drilled a wide-open 3-pointer to put the Mavericks up 20-6 in the first quarter that forced Clippers coach Tyronn Lue to take a timeout. It would be the only long-range make of the night for the Unicorn.
The 7’3 big man is an outstanding shooter and unique floor spacer. Dallas is comfortable having him spot up from long range. KP can be a lethal shooter, but he missed three of his four wide-open triples in Game 3. Call it an off night, but the Mavericks need Porzingis to hit those shots in a game when both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are cooking for the Clippers.
They need to communicate better too. Here Luka turns the ball over here because he assumes KP is going to stay in the corner for a wide-open 3-pointer. Instead, the Unicorn cuts to the basket and the pass flies out of bounds.https://videos.nba.com/nba/pbp/media/2021/05/28/0042000173/528/933dc840-df62-0008-8494-5efcb0cf1da0_1280x720.mp4
Every defender is locked on Doncic on that play. Porzingis would have been left free if he stays in the corner. The two stars need to communicate better on the court. The Dallas Mavericks cannot afford to commit turnovers, and they need KP hitting open shots if they are going to finish off the upset.