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

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Ranking mismatches for Luka Doncic and the Mavericks to hunt vs. Suns: 7. Johnson

Cameron Johnson is a 6’8 forward with the size to matchup on Doncic. He rated third on the Suns in FiveThirtyEight’s Defensive RAPTOR this season, but advantage Luka if the two get matched up because Johnson will not have the foot speed to stay in front of the Mavericks superstar.

Phoenix will likely put Johnson on Dorian Finney-Smith or Maxi Kleber in this series. They will not be eager to switch him on Doncic, but at least he has the size to avoid being bullied in the post.

Ranking mismatches for Luka Doncic and the Mavericks to hunt vs. Suns: 6. Torrey Craig

Craig fell out of the rotation in the Suns' first-round series against the Pelicans, but the 6’7 wing will likely work his way back in as they move on to face the Mavericks. Phoenix has a stout defensive starting five, but their bench is where Doncic will absolutely feast. More on those matchups to come.

Torrey Craig has the size and strength to match up on Luka and not give up an automatic bucket. The Suns are going to need a wing with size in this series and their depth is a massive part of their success.

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