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5 keys to Dallas Mavericks playoffs success

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic, Spencer Dinwiddie
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Dallas Mavericks, Spencer Dinwiddie, Luka Doncic
Dallas Mavericks, Spencer Dinwiddie, Luka Doncic / Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Key to Dallas Mavericks playoff success: 2. Dinwiddie’s scoring

The Mavs added a needed ball-handler and playmaker at the trade deadline when they acquired Spencer Dinwiddie, but nobody expect him to be this good. The 28-year-old is just over one year removed from tearing his ACL and was having a down season in Washington, but Dinwiddie has looked like a different player from the moment he slipped on a Mavericks jersey.

Through his first 15 games in Dallas, the 6’5 guard averaged 18.2 points, 4.2 assists, 3.5 rebounds, and 0.9 steals in 31.3 minutes per game. He is shooting 50.3 percent from the field, 40.5 percent on his threes, and 74.4 percent from the free-throw line.

Dinwiddie cannot keep up those percentages, but he has credited the Mavericks defined role as a key to his success. The 6’5 guard has nailed two game-winners already, and he will be asked to sink more clutch shots in the playoffs as teams double Luka Doncic.

The Mavs need Spencer Dinwiddie to be a secondary creator and their second-leading scorer. His ability to get into the paint and finish has been a significant boost to the team’s offense. Dinwiddie takes some of the pressure off Doncic as he allows head coach Jason Kidd to keep at least two playmakers on the floor at all times.