Why the Dallas Mavericks will win first playoff series since 2011: 3. Chemistry and roles
Kristaps Porzingis wanted the ball. He desired touches in the post and needed to score 20-plus per game. KP was unhappy with his role in the 2021 postseason against the Clippers, and that only further decreased his effectiveness on the floor.
The Mavericks have improved their chemistry under head coach Jason Kidd. He has taken the player’s input on multiple things and made it easier on them. Fans can see a noticeable change in the chemistry, and it is resulting in improved play.
The Mavs also have defined roles, and players are happy to do their job. No player is clamoring for additional shots or for the offense to run through them. Jalen Brunson and Spencer Dinwiddie are happy being secondary creators. Dorian Finney-Smith, Reggie Bullock, and Maxi Kleber are comfortable spotting up and firing open shots. Dwight Powell is going to roll to the rim and set screens. Every player knows what is expected and wants to do their job.
There are questions for the Dallas Mavericks to answer. Can Doe-Doe, Bullock, and Kleber knock down enough shots in the playoffs when defenders sag off? Will Powell be effective as defenses abandon him? Can Brunson continue to make shots when the defense tightens up? All are fair, but the Mavs knowing their roles and accepting them is a massive piece of the puzzle.