Adjustment for Dallas Mavericks to make in Game 5 vs. Jazz: 4. Rotation?
Luka Doncic’s return pushed Spencer Dinwiddie back to the bench, and improved the team’s depth. Head coach Jason Kidd virtually stuck with an eight-man rotation in Game 4 with Davis Bertans falling to just three minutes played. The Mavs only had 13 bench points on Saturday afternoon as Dinwiddie, Maxi Kleber, and Josh Green could not find their shots.
Green plays outstanding defense, but coach Kidd needs to think about dropping him from the rotation for Game 5. Yes, Dallas needs someone to handle minutes on the wing. Reggie Bullock and Dorian Finney-Smith are both averaging over 43 minutes per game in the postseason, but Utah is not defending Green, and the second-year wing cannot make enough shots to make the Jazz pay.
Frank Ntilikina is questionable for the second straight game as he recovers from an illness. He has not played since April 8, but head coach Jason Kidd could immediately insert him into the rotation in place of Green if he feels the French Prince has a better chance of knocking down those wide-open looks.
The biggest rotation changes for Game 5 will likely be in the minute’s pattern. Doncic will likely exceed 35 in his second game back, and the Mavericks would love 25-plus minutes from Kleber, but he will need to stay out of foul trouble to make that a reality.