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RS 20/21 - Mavs @ Blazers (Frid 10PM EST)

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Re: RS 20/21 - Mavs @ Blazers (Frid 10PM EST) 

Post#81 » by daoneandonly » Sat Mar 20, 2021 2:21 pm

Are we going to ever beat Portland, Phoenix, or Utah? These are games they need to win
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Re: RS 20/21 - Mavs @ Blazers (Frid 10PM EST) 

Post#82 » by JD45 » Sat Mar 20, 2021 3:00 pm

KP is never really going to be "The Unicorn" if they can't figure out how he can use his height as an offensive advantage over smaller players. He is trying to post up, but he is swinging his elbows to free up space for his jump shot. Whether he actually made contact on one of those offensive fouls is really not the point. That move itself is not fundamentally sound. He either needs to develop some real post moves (sky hook, dropstep, etc) or the coaches need to find other ways. If KP can't exploit his size advantage on the offensive end against smaller players, his disadvantage on the defensive end against small players kills his overall effectiveness.

I can't tell if this is a KP problem or a coaching problem. KP didn't want to keep the muscle on that the Mavs trainers were putting on him. But then we have RC's rant about how post offense is really not effective. I can understand how on average post offense is overrated, but I seriously doubt that holds in a mismatch.
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Re: RS 20/21 - Mavs @ Blazers (Frid 10PM EST) 

Post#83 » by Archx » Sat Mar 20, 2021 3:01 pm

daoneandonly wrote:Are we going to ever beat Portland, Phoenix, or Utah? These are games they need to win


It's going to be hard. All those teams are fairly well balanced and have multiple people that can "do something" with the ball. Mavs have Luka and Brunson, but Jalen is a playmaker only when Luka sits. Also, Mavs are still horrible at perimeter defense, great teams simply abuse KP in PnR.

But yeah would be awesome if they can win the next game. This playoff race is frightening.
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Re: RS 20/21 - Mavs @ Blazers (Frid 10PM EST) 

Post#84 » by Bob8 » Sat Mar 20, 2021 5:14 pm

Archx wrote:
daoneandonly wrote:Are we going to ever beat Portland, Phoenix, or Utah? These are games they need to win


It's going to be hard. All those teams are fairly well balanced and have multiple people that can "do something" with the ball. Mavs have Luka and Brunson, but Jalen is a playmaker only when Luka sits. Also, Mavs are still horrible at perimeter defense, great teams simply abuse KP in PnR.

But yeah would be awesome if they can win the next game. This playoff race is frightening.


Why is frightening? Mavs have very little chance in first round against anyone. Portland will be much better with Nurkic. We have seen our chances against Utah even without their best player. LeBron and AD are too much and Mavs cannot beat Suns no matter what. Maybe the best opponents in first round would have been Clippers, but even they played without 2 important players against Mavs and probably won't be high enough to play Mavericks. Mavs have to fix roster first and only then playoffs would be interesting.
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Re: RS 20/21 - Mavs @ Blazers (Frid 10PM EST) 

Post#85 » by fuller4379 » Sat Mar 20, 2021 7:28 pm

Dirk wrote:
KP isn't difficult to defend, but an easy way to defend the guy is to put your face next to his elbows and then just pretend you get hit.


This should be a flopping fine, but they have only given out one this year.

https://www.spotrac.com/nba/fines-suspensions/fines/flopping/

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