5 big concerns for Dallas Mavericks come playoff time

Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, Maxi Kleber
Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, Maxi Kleber / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Dallas Mavericks are the worst rebounding team in the NBA

Dallas averages 38.5 rebounds per game this season, which is by far the fewest in the NBA. The Nets sit 29th at 40.3, and the Bucks led the league at 49.2 each night. Fans will point to the Mavs' slow pace as a reason, but Dallas is 29th in the rebound percentage ahead of only the Nets.

Playing small impacts their ability to rebound. Dwight Powell and Maxi Kleber are not known for their ability on the glass, which leaves Luka Doncic to be the team’s top rebounder. Kyrie Irving is third on the Mavericks at 5.1 per game behind number 77 and Christian Wood.

Those extra possessions Dallas gives up on the glass could be a killer in the playoffs. Luka and company need to consistently find their man and box out. It is going to take a conscious effort because the Mavs are playing small and trying to gain an advantage on the other end of the floor.

Offensive rebounds will be a key stat for Dallas in the playoffs. They cannot afford to let the opposition get second and third chances, especially given the Mavericks' defensive struggles since the trade. Boxing out and finishing possessions will be massive if Dallas plans on making a postseason run.