Jason Kidd's massive change is key to fixing Mavericks' glaring problem

 Apr 21, 2024; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac (40) and Dallas
Apr 21, 2024; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac (40) and Dallas / Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

After embarrassingly dropping Game 1 by a score of 109-97, the Dallas Mavericks bounced back in LA to take a gutsy 96-93 victory. With that win over the Clippers, the Mavs have successfully split their first two games 1-1 headed back to Dallas.

For the first time since March 31, Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard was able to play after sitting out for nearly a month with right knee inflammation. With this in mind, Dallas needed to shift their game plan after a rough first game.

Throughout Game 2, the Mavericks made it a point of emphasis to begin the game with high energy and an elevated sense of physicality after Clippers center Ivica Zubac exposed the Mavericks in Game 1 for their lack of physicality and rebounding.

Jason Kidd's two-big lineup is key to fixing Mavericks' rebounding struggles

One way Jason Kidd combated the Mavericks' rebounding problems was to instill a two-big lineup with both rookie center Dereck Lively II and Maxi Kleber. With the two on the floor at the same time, it virtually made Zubac powerless on the offensive glass.

For the first time in this series, the Mavericks were able to outrebound the Clippers, and it can be directly correlated to Kidd's new two-big lineup. However, one concern that fans have had with having two bigs on the floor at one time was that it would create too much congestion on the offensive end of the floor.

Not only was this not a problem for Dallas, but in large part, it helped space the floor. Having a player of Kleber's spacing ability can help ensure the Mavericks that they can keep two bigs on the floor for extended periods.

It's still a far fetch for the Mavericks to run a bigger lineup for 48 straight minutes against the Clippers, considering that they have three superstars that lurk around the perimeter, but when the Mavericks need stable possessions, they can always look to Kleber and Lively II.

The Mavericks will need to continue to make adjustments if they wish to pull this series out, but watching Kidd instill a two-big lineup after physicality and rebounding struggles is a promising sign and he deserves his flowers.

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