After losing Josh Green to an elbow injury and Kyrie Irving to a foot injury in the same week or two, the Dallas Mavericks have caught fire and have found themselves on a four-game win streak.
Freshly, off a thrilling 127-125 win against Western Conference contender the Los Angeles Lakers, the Mavericks now move to 2-0 on the season against the Lakers. During this win streak, we've seen the Mavs have a deep rotation disregarding who's available or not.
Dallas has been without Green, Irving, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Grant Williams over the last week or so, and several Mavs have stepped up in their absences.
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We've seen a combination of the regular rotation players, but we've also been able to see more of Dante Exum, O-Max Prosper, Markieff Morris, and Richaun Holmes, and see if they can contribute in meaningful games.
The win against the Lakers was an all-around team effort, and they need to continue to build off what they've found on the floor and embrace those roles.
Another interesting thing that stood out is the diminished role of Dwight Powell over the past few games, and even capturing a DNP in the latest game. It'll be interesting to see what role if any he has going forward.
Looking forward to the next matchup against the number-one-seeded Minnesota Timberwolves, it'll interesting to see how the team matches up against this highly efficient defensive team. More specifically, I'll be watching to see how Dereck Lively II does against the two elite big men in Minnesota.
Luka Doncic will look to add to his personal streak of 8 games with 30+ points, as he's been on a tear and continually reminds us why he should be in the MVP conversation. Hopefully, the Mavs shooters stay hot, and rest up some guys while keeping our position in the west.
Stay tuned for more updates on the Dallas Mavericks and their injuries down the stretch.