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Dallas Mavericks are increasing their defensive aggression

Head coach Jason Kidd discussed the Mavs being last in deflections and steals last season, and how it would be a focus for the team moving forward. He also increased the team’s aggression in defending pick and rolls with the big man pushing up to disrupt during the screen.

The Mavericks forced the Warriors into 16 turnovers on Wednesday night, and Denver had 25 on Monday evening. Dallas created just 12.6 turnovers per game last season, which ranked 26th in the league. They are up to 14.0 a night and 14th in the NBA. Over the last five games, the Mavs have created 15.8 turnover per.

The Mavs played ultra-aggressive against Stephen Curry on Jan. 5 as they held the MVP frontrunner to 14 points on five of 24 shooting from the field. Curry is one of the most difficult covers in the league, but he got nothing easy against the Mavericks. Fans can watch all of his attempts from Jan. 5 to see for themselves.

Dallas is trying to get their hands on the ball. They want to force turnovers and contest every shot. The Mavericks are ninth in the NBA in contested two-point shots. They are increasing their aggression, but that alone isn’t enough to improve their defense.