Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks Game 3 playoff win over Jazz: 3. Bench gets hot
The Mavs are going to play Jalen Brunson, Spencer Dinwiddie, Reggie Bullock, and Dorian Finney-Smith massive minutes in this series, but head coach Jason Kidd is looking for their fifth player to trust while Luka Doncic is out. Dwight Powell has continued to start, but he has been limited in the series without the 23-year-old superstar to feed him lob passes.
Kidd cycled through his center options in Game 1 before Maxi Kleber caught fire in Game 2 and made eight 3-pointers. The Hall of Fame point guard did not know who to play in Game 3 because three of his options got hot, including Kleber, who had 17 points on six of seven shooting from the field.
Davis Bertans played 14 minutes off the bench and scored 15 points, including drilling four 3-pointers. The 6’10 forward struggles on the defensive end of the floor, but his floor spacing can be game-changing in short bursts.
Josh Green also nailed three wide-open triples on his way to 12 points, six assists, three rebounds, and two steals in 19 minutes of action. The Mavericks kept Green on the move as he had his most effective game in the series.
If the Dallas Mavericks have multiple options off the bench making shots, they are going to be a difficult team to defeat in the postseason.