Dallas, TX – Who would have thought this current Dallas Mavericks team could steal a win against the Timberwolves while being down seven players?
Five out of seven were due to health and safety protocols which left the team shorthanded.
Most fans predicted a loss because you cannot have much confidence in a team down players, almost half of the roster!
Somehow, Jason Kidd has the rest of his guys focused and ready to play as they got their payback from Sunday’s loss to Minnesota.
Was it more of them being pissed because of their loss during the first matchup or did they play hard in their teammate’s absence?
Whatever the answer is, the team stole a 114-102 win with all of the odds stacked against them.
The Jalen Brunson Takeover
Jalen Brunson, who has arguably been the Mavericks’ most consistent player, took over the game as he led the team with 28 points.
He stepped up and put the team on his back to prove to doubters he is a true X-factor for this Mavs squad.
Brunson’s play through 30 games will end up earning him a nice payday in the offseason from another team.
For the Mavs, they can continue to enjoy these high-energy and playmaking performances over the next 52 games.
Hopefully, this win shows the rest of the players they are more than capable of playing when faced with adversity.
Perimeter and post players showed out
These were the areas the Mavericks have struggled for a big portion of the season.
Forwards Dorian Finney-Smith (19 points) and Sterling Brown (12 points) stepped up and were efficient on the floor last night.
Dwight Powell played one of his best games of the season as he finished with 15 points and eight rebounds.
If Powell was more consistent, the Mavericks would be more effective in the paint, which would open more outside looks.
Challenges they faced last night will only make them stronger and versatile as the season goes along.
We’ll have to trust Kidd’s game plans and the front office as they look to make more moves, hopefully.
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