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3 invigorating takeaways from Dallas Mavericks win over Raptors

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks win over Raptors: 2. Dinwiddie steps up

Toronto tried to force the ball out of Luka Doncic’s hands plenty on Friday night. They were bringing double teams and attempting to get the 23-year-old superstar to give it up, which meant the Mavs needed Spencer Dinwiddie to step up, and he did not disappoint.

The 6’5 guard nailed multiple key shots as he finished with 21 points, seven assists, one rebound, and two steals in 38 minutes. Dinwiddie made eight of 17 from the field and nailed two clutch free throws in the final seconds to help the Mavs finish off the victory. The 29-year-old sank three 3-pointers and had just two turnovers against the Raptors, who are the best team in the league at forcing giveaways.

The Mavericks had their most success last season with two ball-handlers on the floor for that reason. Teams were more hesitant to force Luka to give it up because Brunson or Dinwiddie could create. Dinwiddie did it on Friday night, but not having that third guy could be a problem for Dallas in the postseason.

Will the Mavs add another playmaker before the trade deadline? It is a story to watch, but they need Spencer Dinwiddie to keep stepping up when the opposition doubles Doncic moving forward.