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Ranking mismatches for Luka Doncic and Mavericks to hunt in playoff series vs. Suns

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic, Deandre Ayton / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Ranking mismatches for Luka Doncic and the Mavericks to hunt vs. Suns: 9. Crowder

To bother Doncic, it takes size, strength, and a bit of tenacity. Fans have seen players like Marcus Morris Sr. get under his skin and slow down the Mavericks superstar ever so slightly.

Suns forward Jae Crowder fits that mold. He is 6’6 and 235 pounds and is not going to be bullied in the post. Crowder will try to keep Luka from getting into the paint and use his toughness to force him to shoot on the perimeter.

Ranking mismatches for Luka Doncic and the Mavericks to hunt vs. Suns: 8. Ayton

Doncic loves to hunt centers, but Ayton is a bit of a special case. The 6’11 big man has the quickness and foot speed to stay in front of the Mavs superstar and force him to shoot jumpers.

Luka may target Ayton anyways to try to get the Suns' big man in foul trouble. If Doncic gets into the paint, the number one pick in 2018 will attempt to contest him at the rim. It could lead to foul trouble and make it a mismatch worth hunting for number 77, especially with the Mavericks' desire to play small.

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