Why the Dallas Mavericks could steal an NBA title Reason No. 3:
Linked to Reason No. 2 is Reason No. 3, depth. Typically teams shorten their benches in the playoffs. They increase the workload for their core players and try to keep the best players on the court as long as possible.
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This is why some of the deepest teams in the league underwhelm in the postseason. The bench is no longer an asset when the other team suddenly stops using theirs. But given in the inevitable conditioning issues stemming from this long layoff, teams won’t be able to dish out the same heavy workloads they did before. They will need to lean on their benches in order to recharge their core veteran players.
The Dallas Mavericks have a tremendous bench. Their second unit consistently beats opponents and the diverse personnel allow Rick Carlisle to get creative with lineups and sub-packages. So not only will Dallas be able to lean on their young super stars more than most teams can with their older superstars, but the Mavs can also use their deep bench to dominate the opposition’s bench.
Normally the best team wins in the NBA Playoffs (more often than most professional sports) but this season the circumstances indicate an upset may be on the horizon. Given the reasons listed above, the Dallas Mavericks should be able to fight above their weight class this postseason and could take advantage of the layoff in their charge through the playoffs.
What do you think? Do the Mavs have a better opportunity this season, under these odd circumstances, than they’d normally have?