Spencer Dinwiddie is the key to Dallas Mavericks defeating Utah Jazz in playoffs

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Why Spencer Dinwiddie is key to Dallas Mavericks defeating Jazz: 3. Shotmaker

Dinwiddie is the team’s second-leading scorer through their first four playoff games, and he was the Mavs' third-leading scorer since being acquired from the Wizards in the Kristaps Porzingis deadline day trade. Few expected him to have a massive impact in Dallas, but he immediately proved he could thrive in the right role.

The Mavericks need him scoring 15 per game if they want to make a deep playoff run. He had 17 or more in each of the first three games without Luka before dipping to just five in Game 4. Dinwiddie could not find his jumper on Saturday afternoon. Dallas needs to give him the ball and trust that he will find open looks.

Dinwiddie struggled to finish inside in Game 4, and he just did not have it in his first contest coming off the bench in the series. Utah dominated the bench points 35 to 13, and it was the difference in a tight postseason battle.

The Dallas Mavericks need to get Spencer Dinwiddie an easy shot at the rim after he checks into Game 5. The 6’5 guard is an important scorer that will get plenty of jumpers playing off Luka Doncic. He cannot just score five points per game if Dallas wants to win this series, and the Mavericks will need him to make clutch looks in any close contests.