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Mavericks burnt by lack of shot creation in loss to Suns

Dallas Mavericks, Kristaps Porzingis, Jalen Brunson
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How can the Dallas Mavericks fix their shot creation problem?

There is no shame in losing to the Phoenix Suns, but they are a team the Mavs will have to defeat if they want to make a deep playoff run. Dallas needs more shot creators on the floor to make that happen. Having Luka Doncic would have helped on Friday evening, but the Mavericks cannot rely on their 22-year-old to make every play in the fourth quarter.

General manager Nico Harrison should be working the phones for an upgrade as fans read this. It is a clear issue that is not going away. Frank Ntilikina’s ball-handling and playmaking have been pleasantly surprising, but even his addition is not enough. The Mavs do not want to be relying on the French Prince or Trey Burke to create shots in the postseason.

Goran Dragic is currently out of the Toronto Raptors rotation, and he could be headed to Dallas if he gets bought out to join his countryman Luka Doncic, but the Mavs should not wait around for that moment. They should be aggressive and acquire another option via trade. They will likely have to wait until after Dec. 15, but working the phones now could lead to a deal shortly after more players become available to be dealt.

How playing without Luka could help the Mavs. dark. Next

The Dallas Mavericks lost the last two games without Luka Doncic, but the rest of the roster proved they can compete with one of the best teams in the league. The best is still yet to come for Mavs, and that should be exciting for fans.