5 Reasons the Mavericks will destroy the Celtics in the NBA Finals

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3. Mavericks will be at full strength for the first time since the start of playoffs

Despite the Dallas Mavericks immense success over the past few months, injuries haven't been the kindest to this squad, particularly in the playoffs. It's well known that Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic has been battling lower leg injuries since the genesis of the playoffs, something that was clearly affecting Doncic's play and mobility within the first two rounds at the very least.

The Mavericks have also suffered with injuries in the playoffs from Tim Hardaway Jr., Maxi Kleber, and Dereck Lively II, as Dallas' Game 5 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves was one of the few times in these playoffs that Dallas has had a fully healthy roster. With everyone back at close to full strength and a full week of rest on the schedule for this Mavericks' roster, this will be the healthiest that they've been in quite some time, as having their full array of personnel will be crucial against the Boston Celtics' versatility.

The Mavericks are also at full strength from the standpoint of how optimized their rotations have been recently, as head coach Jason Kidd has done a great job of staggering minutes off the bench in the guard spots with Josh Green, Dante Exum, and Jaden Hardy. Kidd made the timely and decisive move to delegate Tim Hardaway Jr. outside of Dallas' rotation, despite the consequences it could entail, and it proved to be a huge wrinkle that helped Dallas beat the Timberwolves in five games.

Kidd has also done a great job at staggering the minutes between Dallas' big men with Maxi Kleber back, as Kleber and rookie Dereck Lively II will be crucial in defending Boston's floor-spacing bigs in Al Horford and Kristaps Porzingis in the NBA Finals. With a completely optimized rotation as of recently and with this being the healthiest this Mavericks team has been in weeks, Dallas should be able to send Boston their full barrage come the start of the NBA Finals.