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5 keys to Dallas Mavericks playoffs success

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic, Spencer Dinwiddie
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The Dallas Mavericks have been one of the NBA’s best teams since the calendar flipped to 2022. Superstar Luka Doncic cemented his case as a first-team All-NBA selection for the third straight year as his team climbed the standings. The Mavs will be back in the postseason, but there is plenty to play for down the stretch as third through seventh in the Western Conference is tightly packed.

Dallas has suffered two straight first-round playoff exits at the hands of the LA Clippers. Last year’s series went to seven games and took two Kawhi Leonard masterpieces to knock out Luka and company. The Mavericks have not won a playoff series since bringing the title back to Dallas in 2011.

Doncic is hungry to take his team on a deep playoff run, but what do the Mavs need to do to accomplish it. Here is a look at five keys to their postseason success.

5 keys to Dallas Mavericks playoff success in 2022

The Mavs defense has been their Achilles heel in each of the last two years, but first-year head coach Jason Kidd changed the scheme and got players to buy into his system. Dallas currently sits sixth in defensive rating on the season, and it is no fluke.

The roster just better fits around Luka Doncic too. No team is looking forward to facing the Dallas Mavericks in the playoffs, but here are five things they need to make happen to win their first-round series, regardless of who they match up against.