The Dallas Mavericks have been one of the surprised teams during the season and so far in the NBA Playoffs.
This has been in large part due to players such as Jalen Brunson and Maxi Kleber who stepped up in the absence of Luka Doncic.
Jason Kidd spoke in his press conference on Tuesday and how the team was able to get a blowout win in Game 5.
“I thought, not to take away from the score, the guys stay in character, executed and trusted one another. They protect one another on the defensive end and are unselfish on the offensive end, and all of that is cool to watch as a coach and a fan.”
While the team has been able to take back control of the series, there is a player who has struggled recently shooting the ball.
Guard Spencer Dinwiddie was one of the contributors to the Mavs getting the #4 seed.
Since the playoffs started, he only scored 20+ points in 2 out of 5 games while shooting only 32.4% FG.
Here are a few reasons why he is struggling while the team is having substantial success.
Not creating his own shots
From the time of the trade until the final game of the regular season, Dinwiddie was finding ways to score around the basket.
So far in this series, it seems he has taken less control of the court and is more freelancing in the shadows of Brunson and Doncic.
In the past two games, he only posted 14 points on 5-17 (29.4%) as he is in a bit of a mini-slump.
For some reason, his shots are not falling not attacking the rim as aggressively as we hoped to see.
It’s great news the team has not suffered because of it but his shooting needs to get back into form.
Dallas can end the series on Thursday night and will be in great hands Dinwiddie can get back on track.
Lack of aggression
There was a point during the season where fans were saying Dinwiddie would make Brunson expendable.
This series, Brunson has been the one to step up as a leader and put the team on his back.
There has been no leadership on the court from Dinwiddie and not much of answer of his lack of aggression.
Jason Kidd and his teammate are not concerned, but you cannot ignore his lack of shooting success.
Dinwiddie can turn things around, but his shooting has to be corrected if they plan to make a big run.
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