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5 positives Dallas Mavericks need to carry into playoffs

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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Dallas Mavericks, Spencer Dinwiddie
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Positive Dallas Mavericks must carry into playoffs: 2. Dinwiddie’s playmaking

The Mavs are set for their third straight playoff appearance in 2022, but Dallas has been knocked out in the first round each of the last two years with Luka Doncic carrying a massive offensive burden. He was the team’s lone playmaker and ball-handler, and the Mavericks relied on him to create on nearly every offensive possession. Doncic wore down late in games as his team failed to advance.

Head coach Jason Kidd has changed that formula. He inserted Jalen Brunson into the starting group to put another ball-handler on the floor next to Doncic. Kidd wants two playmakers out there at all times, so the Mavs acquired Spencer Dinwiddie from Washington in the Kristaps Porzingis trade.

Dinwiddie got off to a slow start with the Wizards as he was coming back from an ACL repair, but he has been fantastic with the Mavericks. The 6’5 guard has averaged 16.4 points, 4.0 assists, and 3.2 rebounds on 49.3 percent shooting from the field and 38.9 percent on his threes in 29.7 minutes per game.

Spencer Dinwiddie’s playmaking will be a key part of the Mavs postseason success. Luka Doncic will draw plenty of defensive attention, so the 6’5 guard’s ability to attack a rotating defense and create easy buckets is going to pay dividends. It could be the difference in Dallas making a deep run in 2022.