Dallas Mavericks adjustment without Kristaps Porzingis: 2. More JB
Head coach Jason Kidd did not take Jalen Brunson off the floor for the final 17 minutes of Tuesday’s home opener against the Rockets. He played the entire fourth quarter and produced four massive assists that helped propel the Mavericks to victory.
Brunson played 25.7 minutes in the season opener and was limited to 22.7 in the team’s win in Toronto before playing 28.3 on Tuesday night. Kidd has used Brunson next to Luka Doncic more as the team looks for playmaking and ball-handling help for their 22-year-old superstar.
JB will be a key in any game Kristaps Porzingis misses this season. He will need to take on a larger role in the offense, including being the focal point when Luka needs a rest. Kidd will also want Brunson sharing the floor and playmaking responsibilities with the team’s superstar more because Doncic will need to carry a larger workload.
Brunson is up for the challenge. He had 17 points in the season opener before producing 11 points and 11 dimes in the win over the Rockets. JB appears to be taking another leap in his fourth NBA season, and the Dallas Mavericks need him to produce if Kristaps Porzingis misses time.