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Mavericks: How playing without Luka Doncic could help Dallas

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic, Jalen Brunson
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How playing without Luka Doncic could help the Dallas Mavericks: 1. Showcase skills

Luka being on the bench allowed multiple players to showcase their skill sets. Dwight Powell grabbed 13 rebounds and dished out three assists in his 22 minutes of action on Wednesday night in what was arguably his best game of the season.

Kristaps Porzingis had a career-high seven assists and had the team-high plus/minus at nine. They were running handoffs to perfection with the Unicorn, which is something coach Jason Kidd could incorporate more of moving forward, even when Doncic is back in the lineup.

Frank Ntilikina was the most impressive as he created a few shots for himself and is now 13 of 31 from 3-point range for the season. Fans know the French Prince plays outstanding defense, so providing something on offense could make him a key part of the rotation in the postseason.

Many fans felt better about the Dallas Mavericks' chances this season after Wednesday’s loss in Phoenix because the rest of the roster proved they can be competitive without Luka Doncic.

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They are 9-5 and sit fourth in the Western Conference heading into Friday’s game. The Mavs are a threat to win the West with Luka Doncic. Hopefully, he gets healthy in short order, but the rest of the roster is using the time without him to improve and make the team even more dangerous.