Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks preseason game vs. Clippers: 3. Starting 5
It was Mavs fan's first chance to see the Mavericks starting five in preseason action after Dorian Finney-Smith and Dwight Powell sat out the opener, and the unit did not disappoint. They came out attacking and put up some monster numbers.
Some fans have questioned why the Mavs are planning to start Powell, but his pick and roll connection with Luka Doncic is the primary reason. Doncic found DP for an alley-oop on Friday night.
All five starters were positives during their time on the floor with the Mavericks outscoring LA by a combined 46 points when one of them was out there. The unit looks regular-season ready, and new head coach Jason Kidd has them playing at a high level.
Dallas is going to play faster and increase their movement under the Hall of Fame point guard. Fans saw the team try to push the ball down the floor and cut to the rim on several occasions for easy buckets. Having five returners in the starting unit should make it easier to get the new wrinkles down.
The Clippers were down multiple players on Friday night, but the Dallas Mavericks starting five played well. It will be interesting to see if Kidd sticks with it no matter the matchup or if he switches things up as Rick Carlisle did. Either way, the Luka, KP, Finney-Smith, Powell, and Tim Hardaway Jr. unit figures to stand out this season.