5 questions Dallas Mavericks must answer after the All-Star break

Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks, Kyrie Irving, Luka Doncic
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Can Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd lock down a nightly rotation?

The Mavericks have not been healthy since trading for Kyrie Irving. Maxi Kleber has not played since Dec. 12 after tearing his hamstring. The 31-year-old big man is expected to return after the All-Star break, and the Mavs certainly need him. Davis Bertans has missed seven straight games with a calf injury. Luka Doncic sat out two times, and Tim Hardaway Jr. missed the final two contests before the break.

The Mavs also signed Justin Holiday in the buyout market and acquired Markieff Morris in the Kyrie deal. Both players will get chances to crack the rotation after the All-Star break.

Coach Kidd has a lot to figure out. He will start Luka and Kyrie in the backcourt and stagger their minutes so at least one of them is always on the floor. The superstar duo will give them an elite offense, but can they find the right balance on the other end of the floor? Dallas has struggled to rebound and protect the rim all season. Can they just rely on outscoring every opponent?

Expect coach Kidd to keep trying different combinations down the stretch. He has 22 games to settle on a trusted playoff rotation, and he will take his time to do just that.