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Dallas Mavericks: 3 things they can take from Phoenix Suns pick and roll

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Mavericks could add in a decoy screener like the Phoenix Suns

The Mavs hunted switches against the Clippers. Luka Doncic put LA’s weakest defender in the pick and roll nearly every play. The 22-year-old got plenty of switches and feasted to the tune of 35.7 points per game in the playoffs.

When Dallas was looking to change it up, they often did a double screen like this from Game 6.

https://videos.nba.com/nba/pbp/media/2021/06/04/0042000176/89/7fe0c43d-ebec-0915-95a1-979a8414c871_1280x720.mp4

The Suns do something a bit different. They bring a decoy screener on the opposite side of Deandre Ayton. It keeps the defense on their heels. Nobody is sure which way Chris Paul is going to attack. Here he takes a mid-range jumper, but Devin Booker is open in the corner if CP3 preferred that look.

https://videos.nba.com/nba/pbp/media/2021/06/13/0042000234/66/a7f20b0c-5c88-f663-f850-a7e1bb1f71d5_1280x720.mp4

They go back to it later in Game 4 where Paul gets the defense scrambling, and the result is a wide-open corner 3-pointer for Torrey Craig.

https://videos.nba.com/nba/pbp/media/2021/06/13/0042000234/167/3a4978d6-fd45-7c2d-1c8f-658356dc9767_1280x720.mp4

The Dallas Mavericks could add in this slight wrinkle as a way to flummox the defense. They will have to think about which way Luka is going to attack and bringing help on the 22-year-old gets more difficult. It should allow Doncic more room to drive or the ability to find open looks in the corners.

Next: No. 2

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