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Are the Mavericks an elite defensive team?

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic, Jason Kidd / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks are playing together and communicating

The Mavs are just locked in on the defensive end of the floor. Head coach Jason Kidd came in preaching defense, chemistry, and accountability. The Hall of Fame point guard clearly got his message across as the team is playing together.

Dallas has increased their communication on the floor. Fans can hear them at the games or on the broadcast helping each other on defense. Elite defensive teams communicate on the court, and the Mavs keep improving it.

Dallas is a collective unit right now. They are switching and keeping the ball in front of them. Help defenders are rotating to the rim for contests or flying out to contest jumpers. The Mavericks are doing all the little things right now.

Putting together the increases in aggression, effort, and communication has the Dallas Mavericks playing defense at the highest level they have with Luka Doncic on their roster. The 22-year-old superstar is not a lockdown option, but his size and strength allow him to hold his own on the defensive end. The improved play around him has the Mavericks reaching a new level, but will it continue for the remainder of the season?