3 Duds, 2 studs from Mavericks' painful Game 3 loss to Celtics

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1. Dud - Tim Hardaway Jr.

One final player who struggled heavily for the Mavericks was Tim Hardaway Jr. The Dallas veteran saw his minutes increase on Wednesday. However, the shooting guard struggled to take advantage of the opportunity.

Hardaway Jr. had 0 points and three rebounds in 19 minutes of action. He also had -16 plus/minus. The guard went 0-5 from the field and missed all three of his 3-point attempts.

He struggled on the defensive end, as the Celtics seemed to have no issue scoring whenever he was on the court.

It is possible Coach Jason Kidd inserted Hardaway Jr. into the lineup as a desperation move. Many of the team's role players struggled in the Finals, and Hardaway Jr. might have been a solution and a scoring spark off the bench.

However, he has continued to show why Coach Kidd cannot trust him in the playoffs.

His best performance came against the Oklahoma City Thunder. He averaged 6.7 points per game and shot 41.7 from the field in the field. Yet, he struggled to knock down the 3-point shot, hitting 33.3 percent of his attempts.

Could this be the end of his journey with the Dallas Mavericks?

Only time will tell. The Mavericks will need to respond fast if they hope to complete the biggest comeback in NBA history.