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Why the Dallas Mavericks need Reggie Bullock back in the lineup

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Why Dallas Mavericks need Reggie Bullock back: 1. Defense

More than his shooting, the Mavs need Bullock’s defense. They have vaulted to sixth in defensive rating this season giving up 108.5 points per 100 possessions as head coach Jason Kidd changed the scheme. Over the last four games without Bullock, Dallas has allowed 118.5 points per 100 possessions. That number was fueled by unsustainable shooting from the opposition, but the Mavericks need Bullock to get their defense back on track.

The 6’6 wing teams with Dorian Finney-Smith to guard the opposition’s top perimeter threats. Bullock is no stranger to guarding anyone from point guards to big wings like LeBron James. His versatility and ability to switch have been a significant boost for the Mavericks this season.

The Timberwolves present difficult matchups as Karl-Anthony Towns is a big man playing like a shooting guard, and they have both Anthony Edwards and D’Angelo Russell capable of dropping 20 points every night in the backcourt. Dallas needs Bullock’s defense in that matchup.

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Reggie Bullock is an important role player for the Dallas Mavericks this season, and they are going to need him if they plan on making a run in the postseason. Hopefully, he returns to the court on Monday night and all is well with Bullock after missing four games dealing with a personal issue. Expect him to make a massive impact whenever he plays.