The Dallas Mavericks continued their hot streak with an impressive 114-105 win against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night. As the game last night progressed, fans began to notice the impact of Mavericks guard Jaden Hardy.
In the initial few games of the season, Jaden Hardy found himself on the bench, missing out on valuable playing time.
However, he's been determined to prove head coach Jason Kidd wrong with his recent performances. Through his impactful play, he's making a strong case for more significant minutes, showcasing his scoring ability and determination to be a key contributor on defense, effectively challenging Kidd's initial decision to keep him on the sidelines.
Dallas Mavericks guard Jaden Hardy is proving head coach Jason Kidd wrong
While a glance at last night's box score might not initially dazzle, a closer look reveals the valuable contribution of Hardy to the Mavericks in that game.
His plus/minus being the best on the bench and the clutch shots he delivered when the game hung in the balance proved that Hardy is not just about the numbers, but about the crucial moments where he shines the brightest.
Hardy injected an electrifying shock to the arena when he delivered two buckets in the clutch, helping the Mavs close out the game.
In previous games, Jason Kidd seemed hesitant to give Hardy valuable minutes, and as we know the Mavericks have a heavy guard rotation, so we've seen guards Seth Curry, Dante Exum, and Tim Hardaway Jr. get those minutes over Hardy.
Hardy's late-game performance made a compelling case for his spot in the rotation, leaving Kidd with a strong reason to choose him to close games over others.
Hardy's recent standout performance in late-game situations sends a resounding message to Jason Kidd. He's proving his worth and cementing his place in the Mavericks rotation, challenging conventional wisdom and becoming an integral part of the team's success in close contests.