X-factor in Dallas Mavericks second-round playoff series vs. Suns: 2. Health
Both teams dealt with injuries during their first-round series. Luka Doncic missed the first three games for the Mavericks with a calf strain before returning in Game 4, and Tim Hardaway Jr. will not play against the Suns after undergoing midseason foot surgery. Phoenix star Devin Booker missed three games with a hamstring injury before returning in the clinching Game 6.
Fans have seen a considerable amount of injuries during the postseason, and they could play a factor in this series.
Booker did not look to be 100 percent in Game 6 against the Pelicans, but he still managed to produce 13 points, five rebounds, and three dimes and play 32 minutes in the victory. Will the three-time All-Star be at his best against the Mavs? His play is worth watching closely.
Will a new injury pop up during this series? Kawhi Leonard tore his ACL in the second round of the playoffs last season, and the Clippers won the series without him before falling to the Suns in Western Conference Finals. Hopefully, nobody gets hurt, but with Booker already battling a hamstring issue, injuries could play a massive factor in the series.