Problem Dallas Mavericks address before the playoffs: 1. Get D back on track
Head coach Jason Kidd transformed the Mavs defense this season as they went from 21st in defensive rating to sixth. He changed the scheme and increased the aggressiveness. The Mavericks are no longer playing drop coverage on pick and rolls and getting picked apart on the defensive end of the floor.
Over the last 15 games, the Mavs production on the defensive end of the floor has slipped. They have allowed 114.7 points per 100 possessions and have the 17th best defensive rating. Dallas has experienced some bad luck in the shooting department, but the same thing could happen in a playoff series.
The Dallas Mavericks need to get locked in on the defensive end of the floor before the postseason begins. They must trust their scheme, but be willing to switch to a zone or change things up when the unit begins to struggle. Having multiple defenses ready to throw at the opposition in the series is key as adjustments keep being made.
The Mavs are a serious contender and plan on making a deep playoff run. If they solve these five problems down the stretch, they will be a tough out in the postseason. Fans won’t want to miss it, so be sure to tune in and enjoy every second.