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Mavericks: 3 plays worth examining from win over Nuggets

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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Dallas Mavericks, Kristaps Porzingis
Dallas Mavericks, Kristaps Porzingis / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Play from Dallas Mavericks win over Nuggets that stood out: 3. KP spacing

Kristaps Porzingis entered the season excited because new head coach Jason Kidd was giving him the freedom to attack where he felt comfortable. The Mavs started Monday’s win with a KP post-up, and he is also cutting for more easy baskets this season.

Porzingis having the freedom resulted in some spacing issues early in the season. He would sometimes wander into the paint at the wrong time or cut and draw his defender into a Luka drive. Fans saw against the Nuggets that the Mavericks are figuring it out. Here is a play where KP could cut into traffic, but instead, he pops out for a wide-open 3-pointer.

The Unicorn made a similar play off a pump fake early in the game. He could have driven into the paint for a contested two but launched an open 3-pointer instead.

Since returning from his back injury, KP is averaging 23.2 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks on 51.2 percent shooting from the field, 41.9 percent on his threes, and 89.5 percent from the foul line. Porzingis is finding open looks, and the Dallas Mavericks offense looks impossible to stop when he is playing like the second star the team needs.