Strategy Dallas Mavericks coach Jason Kidd could try in playoffs: 2. Five-out
The Mavs have relied on ball movement and creating easy buckets so far this season, but defenses are going to tighten up and switch more in the postseason. Dallas will counter by allowing Luka Doncic to hunt mismatches and go to work. The 23-year-old superstar will need shooters around him to space the floor to make that strategy work.
Coach Kidd could put Reggie Bullock, Dorian Finney-Smith, Spencer Dinwiddie, and Jalen Brunson on the floor to flank Doncic, which means every player is shooting above 35 percent from 3-point range this season. The opposition would have to choose between leaving a shooter open to help in the paint or leaving a defender one-on-one against Doncic.
Kidd will try to spread the floor plenty this postseason, but how much will the team decide to let Luka play five-out? Will they allow him to go into isolation and try to force defenders into predicaments without double teaming? Some teams will be okay with Doncic going for 40 if it means slowing down other players.
Kidd also has the option of using Davis Bertans as he looks to spread the floor. He has connected on over 39 percent of his career 3-point attempts and could be a key piece of the Dallas Mavericks' five-out lineups in the playoffs.