Dallas, TX – Firstly, this Dallas Mavericks squad has been fun to watch every time they step on the floor and has made strides to turn around their season.
The Mavericks have won 10 out of their last 12 games, which consists of wins over top teams in the East and West.
Dallas has gone 3-1 on the season against the Memphis Grizzlies, who had no answer for the Mavs on Sunday night.
There have been many reasons for their recent success, which has led to many entertaining victories.
This one key element is most likely the main turnaround from their early-season struggles:
Aggressive, team-oriented defense
The defense has been the Mavericks Achilles heel for nearly a decade dating back to the 2012 season.
In many games earlier this season, they lacked the physicality needed to contain opposing teams.
Since the start of the year, the Mavs have been #1 defense in the league, which is the main factor for their success.
Mavs Oct – Nov 2021:— Landon Thomas (@sixfivelando) January 24, 2022
#16 Wins (10)
#20 Defense (109.2)
Jason Kidd Dec 4th 2021: “If we want to be a championship contending team, we have to play defense.”
Mavs Dec 2021:
#12 Wins (7)
#5 Defense (108.1)
Mavs since Jan 1st, 2022:
#1 Wins (10)
#1 Defense (98.8)
As a result, Dallas has improved to 27-20 (10 out of 12 wins) after previously sitting at 18-18.
Back on Dec. 4th, 2021, Head coach Jason Kidd talked about how if the team wanted to get to the next level, defense has to be the main point of emphasis.
In other words, Luka Doncic spoke in his post-game interview about the team’s positive mindset and their success on defense.
Doncic simply explained that every player on the team has been more involved in the game plan.
While Doncic is averaging 26.6 points, 10.6 rebounds, and 9.1 assists, other role players have contributed tremendously.
Kristaps Porzingis has been playing at an all-star level as he recorded 15 points, eight rebounds, and a season-high six blocks against the Grizzlies.
Porzingis has been a big contributor and a key element in the Mavericks’ improvement on defense.
For instance, players such as Dorian Finney-Smith and Josh Green stepped up on the perimeter defending guards and forwards.
This turning point does not without Jason Kidd, which he implemented a heavy focus on aggressive defense each night.
The Mavs will take on the Golden State Warriors in a rematch on Tuesday at 9 pm CST at the Chase Arena.
Furthermore, Dallas will have a chance to go up 2-0 against the Warriors if they can be victorious yet again.
In conclusion, it will be a fun one as they look to continue their path of great defense and spectacular offensive play.
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