The Dallas Mavericks used a dominant third quarter to spur them to a 120-112 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 30. It was their third straight win as they climbed to third in the Western Conference. Luka Doncic stole the headlines by narrowly missing a 35-point triple-double as Dorian Finney-Smith quietly put together one of the best games of his career.
The 6’7 forward scored a career-high 28 points and tied his best mark with six 3-pointers made in Cleveland. He chipped in three assists, two rebounds, and one block as the Mavericks outscored Cleveland by 16 in Doe-Doe’s 37 minutes on the floor. It was a night to remember for Finney-Smith that continued an impressive season.
Doe-Doe went undrafted in 2016 and had to battle for the Mavs final roster spot during training camp as a rookie, but he just keeps getting better. He has gone from role player to starter to irreplaceable cog for the Mavs over his six NBA seasons, and here is a look at where the 6’7 forward has improved this year.
Dorian Finney-Smith just keeps getting better for the Dallas Mavericks
Finney-Smith entered the league as a rangy wing with defensive potential and a broken jump shot. He shot below 30 percent from 3-point range in each of his first two seasons, but Doe-Doe never stopped working. Now, he is the Mavericks' best perimeter defender and has shot 38.4 percent from three over the last three seasons combined.
His trust in his jumper has improved this season. When Finney-Smith is open, he fires away without hesitation, and that alone will be a massive boost for Dallas in the playoffs. Doe-Doe is going to get open shots, and he will knock down more being decisive.
Dorian Finney-Smith is always trying to improve his game, but first-year head coach Jason Kidd has encouraged him to add new wrinkles. He is one of the best 3-and-D options in the league, but Finney-Smith has added versatility to his game with these three significant improvements.