Dallas Mavericks defensive improvement: 3. Communication
Talking is a key part of any defense, especially for big men. Having that communication of where they are and if they can offer help is massive. It is easier to defend when all five players are working together and talking through situations.
The Mavs have made a significant improvement in their communication on the floor. Fans can sometimes hear it on the broadcast, and they can often catch players pointing to help direct traffic on the defensive end. It was visible from the first play against the Hornets on Wednesday night, which resulted in a Tim Hardaway Jr. block at the rim.
Yes, Charlotte was without multiple rotation players and it was a preseason game, but the Mavericks held them to 59 points and won by 68. Doing that to another NBA team takes an incredible defensive performance, and it all started with communication.
The Dallas Mavericks are playing together and relying on their teammates for help. That communication and chemistry has assisted them winning their first three preseason game and should have fans excited for the regular season. If they continue communicating, the Mavs will take a significant step forward on the defensive end of the floor, but that is not the only improvement they have showcased this preseason.