3 Studs, 2 duds from Mavericks' thrilling Game 5 win over Thunder

Dallas Mavericks, Dereck Lively II, Luka Doncic
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2. Dud - Jaden Hardy

The Dallas Mavericks decided to play Jaden Hardy over Dante Exum in Game 5, and although his start to the game was solid with a tough bucket and a nice lob, Hardy failed to make much of an impact for the rest of the game.

Hardy finished with just two points while shooting 1-5 from the field in 15 minutes, and he failed to make much of an impact outside of his energy-packed start.

Hardy didn't get a ton of run in this game to begin with, but he also didn't prove that he is someone who belongs in Jason Kidd's typical playoff rotation.

One positive part of his game is that he showed some poise and wasn't afraid to let it rip, but it'll be interesting to see if Kidd elects to use him more as the series progresses.

Hardy's season has been up and down to say the absolute least, and he has had stretches where he looked like he needed to play heavy minutes every night, and he had other stretches where he doesn't look like he belongs in the rotation. You never knew what Jaden Hardy you were going to get in the regular season, and outside of one solid performance in the playoffs in which he scored 14 points, the same can be said for the postseason.

You can't judge Hardy just off one game, but he needs to prove much more to prove that Kidd needs to play him.