Why the Dallas Mavericks need Reggie Bullock back in the lineup

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Why Dallas Mavericks need Reggie Bullock back: 2. Shorten the rotation

Since Jan. 1, Bullock is averaging 29.4 minutes per game in his 29 games played. He has started 14 contests, but it does not matter whether he opens the game or comes off the bench. The 6’6 sharpshooter is going to play around 30 productive minutes each night for the Mavericks.

Dallas has played shorthanded on the wings for the last four games. Tim Hardaway Jr. is out with a broken foot, and Theo Pinson has a finger injury that has kept him out. Add in Bullock, and coach Kidd is going deep into his bench on the wing.

The Mavericks have experimented with lineups and combinations, but have consistently only played two players more than 15 minutes off the bench. Adding Bullock back in allows Kidd to shorten the rotation and gives everyone on the roster a more defined role moving forward.

The Dallas Mavericks are hoping to enter the postseason at full strength. Hardaway Jr. may need more time to recover from his surgery, but the rest of the roster could be fit and ready for their first-round series. Expect coach Kidd to shorten the rotation, and Reggie Bullock should play 30-plus minutes in every contest.