4. Dud - Bench Production
In contrast to the Clippers' bench, which contributed a solid 38 points, the Mavericks' reserves struggled to make a significant impact.
The lackluster bench production, totaling just 23 points, highlighted a concerning disparity that played a pivotal role in the team's overall performance. Unlike their counterparts, it appeared that no one from the Mavericks' bench came ready to play.
The bench unit's struggles had a ripple effect on the team's offensive rhythm and energy. In a game where every point mattered, the Mavericks found themselves at a notable deficit. The Clippers, leveraging a more capable bench rotation, were able to maintain and extend their lead when the starters hit the bench for rest.
As the Mavericks aim for consistency and depth in their roster, addressing the challenges faced by the bench becomes crucial. The need for reliable contributors beyond the starting five is evident, and adjustments in the rotation may be necessary to fortify the team's overall resilience in future matchups.
Injuries and lineup rotations undoubtedly played a role in the limited bench production, with Josh Green, Seth Curry, and Jaden Hardy earning a collective of just 25 minutes on the court. This presents a challenge for the coaching staff, requiring them to strike a delicate balance between player availability and leveraging the strengths of their bench to propel the team forward