Dallas Mavericks: Are they better with Kristaps Porzingis on the bench?
By Tyler Watts
The case for Kristaps Porzingis playing massive minutes versus the LA Clippers
Porzingis is an undeniable offensive force. The Mavericks had the highest offensive rating in NBA history last season after adding the Unicorn. Yes, the Nets (and six other teams) broke the mark this year, but having a 7’3 big man that can space the floor and knock down jumpers is a massive advantage.
Dallas is better on the offensive end with KP. Their offensive rating went from 112.5 without Porzingis to 116.0 when he was on the floor during the regular season. The contrast is stark during the series. Dallas has an offensive rating of 119.9 with KP and 104.7 without.
The Mavericks have missed plenty of open shots in the last two games, but they were up 2-0 with the Unicorn averaging 33.9 minutes a night. Dallas needs his offensive abilities on the floor to take down the Clippers. They are not stopping Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. The Mavs have to win shootouts if they want to advance to the second round for the first time since winning the championship in 2011.
Porzingis needs to be more active and aggressive on both ends of the floor. He must get into the paint and make the Clippers pay for downsizing. The Unicorn needs to grab rebounds and get post position near the basket for the Dallas Mavericks to regain control of the series.
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