Piece the Dallas Mavericks need around Luka Doncic: 4. Experienced backup point guard
The Mavs could not take Luka off the floor in the playoffs. Every time they did, the Clippers went on a run. Dallas was outscored by 43 points during the 55 minutes Doncic spent on the bench during the seven-game series. The Mavericks outscored LA by seven in his 281 minutes on the floor. They did not have enough talent, and Dallas lacked a veteran backup point guard that could keep the offense rolling.
It is no secret that the Mavs rely on Luka. He had the highest usage percentage in the playoffs, among players that saw at least 20 minutes of action. Dallas fell apart when Doncic was not out there.
Luka also wore down in the fourth quarter. He shot 49.0 percent for the series, but just 34.9 percent in the fourth quarter. The 22-year-old superstar was out of gas from carrying the team on his back.
Conversely, the Clippers had Rajon Rondo, Reggie Jackson, and Nicolas Batum to support Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. All three veterans can handle the ball and keep the offense rolling when their stars needed a break. The Mavericks should be searching for that veteran that can put an end to runs and command the offense to give Luka time to rest in the playoffs.
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