The Dallas Mavericks have all but secured their third straight playoff appearance as superstar Luka Doncic has led them to a 29-11 record since the calendar flipped to 2022, which is the fourth-best mark in the league. Dallas has made two straight first-round exits, but this year feels different.
First-year head coach Jason Kidd has improved the Mavs' defense and chemistry tremendously. Dallas is winning close games and defeating the league’s best teams. They are in position to have homecourt in the first round and no team wants to face them.
Playoff series force teams to change the way they play. The opposition tries to take away each player's best asset, and it forces coaches to reach deep into their bag of tricks to advance. What will coach Kidd do to ensure the Mavericks win their first playoff series since he was the point guard on their title team in 2011?
5 outside the box strategies Mavericks coach Jason Kidd could use in playoffs
Fans saw plenty of adjustments in last year’s postseason, and the Mavs were forced to make a bunch during their 2011 title run, including inserting J.J. Barea into the starting lineup in Game 4 of their NBA Finals series against the Miami Heat with LeBron James. Playoff fates are often decided by which coach can make the proper adjustments.
Jason Kidd will be forced to change things up in the postseason, and here are five outside-the-box strategies the Hall of Fame point guard could consider in 2022.