Adjustment Dallas Mavericks must make in Game 6 vs. Suns: 4. Drop Powell from rotation
Dwight Powell has been the Mavs starting center for 82 of his 93 games played this season, including all 11 playoff contests, but he has struggled in this series. Head coach Jason Kidd has steadily decreased his minutes as the Suns have outscored Dallas by 30 points in DP’s 57 minutes on the floor in the first five games.
Powell has failed to score in each of the last two games, and he has produced just seven rebounds and ten points total in this series. Deandre Ayton has limited the lobs from Luka Doncic to DP, and the 6’10 big man’s hustle and work ethic are not reasons to play him even one minute in this elimination game.
Kidd does not want to start the game with Maxi Kleber because he knows his importance and the Hall of Fame point guard cannot risk him falling into early foul trouble.
Splitting the center minutes between Kleber, Davis Bertans, and Dorian Finney-Smith would allow the Mavericks to play five-out for all 48 minutes, and fans know how dangerous their offense can be when they are fully locked in.
Dwight Powell limits the Dallas Mavericks' spacing and rebounding, and those problems are not going away in Game 6, so head coach Jason Kidd needs to drop DP from the rotation ahead of Thursday’s elimination contest.