The Dallas Mavericks topped the rival LA Clippers in an overtime thriller in their final game before the Thanksgiving break. Superstar Luka Doncic returned after missing three straight games to help his team snap a three-game losing streak. It was an impressive performance to push the Mavs to 10-7.
Head coach Jason Kidd changed the starting lineup in Luka’s return as he inserted Willie Cauley-Stein in for Dwight Powell. It was the first game all season DP did not start, and he was limited to a season-low nine minutes in the victory. Maxi Kleber played 36 minutes and assumed the fifth-most playing time against the Clippers.
Kidd has been set in his rotations to begin his first season leading the Mavericks, but after a four-day break, should he make changes? Here is a look at which players have been playing and a few areas where Kidd should alter things.
What has Dallas Mavericks rotation looked like in first 17 games?
Kidd has consistently used a ten or 11-man rotation to begin the season, with Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis, Dorian Finney-Smith, and Tim Hardaway Jr. starting every game when healthy. The fifth starter has been Dwight Powell in 16 of 17 games, and Willie Cauley-Stein opened the win over the Clippers.
The second unit has been Jalen Brunson, Reggie Bullock, Sterling Brown, Maxi Kleber, and Cauley-Stein when everyone is healthy, plus Frank Ntilikina, who has played in 15 games.
There are a few things that have not worked and should be examined over this break. Here is a look at what head coach Jason Kidd could change moving forward.