Kristaps Porzingis is bearing the brunt of Mavs fans’ strays after they’re forced into a game 7 in their first round series against the Clippers.
The Dallas Mavericks have been in great form this season especially in the playoffs. While the Mavs finished in the fifth position in the Western Conference, they have surely lifted their game in their first round clash against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Rick Carlisle’s men have shown great heart and fight to match the Clippers in a super competitive series. The Mavs have matched Kawhi Leonard and company in the six matches in this series and may even sneak a win in Game 7.
While Luka Doncic has exceeded expectations in this series with some stunning performances, Kristaps Porzingis has failed to match his usual level. The second highest paid player in the Mavs roster has only averaged 12 points per game and hence questions regarding his performances have been raised.
Porzingis has suffered persistent injury concerns and hence he has failed to deliver his best performance in the ongoing postseason series with the Clippers. He is heavily criticized for just being a tall wing for hitting threes. He has also struggled on the defensive side of things which has been a concern for the Mavs.
“The Mavs pay Kristaps Porzingis $30M to be more than a tall wing who shoots 3s”: Kevin O’Connor
While Porzingis has underperformed, Tim Hardaway Junior has taken the mantle on his shoulders to support Doncic. The shooting guard has been exceptional in this series and has shown great spark on the scoring front.
The power forward’s underwhelming performances have not been overlooked by the fans or even by the analysts. NBA Analyst Kevin O’Connor recently tweeted criticizing the Mavs power forward for his consistent underwhelming performances in the playoffs series against the Clippers.
“The Mavs pay Kristaps Porzingis $30M to be more than a tall wing who shoots 3s yet that’s all he is now. Averaging 12.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists vs. Clippers. KP can’t create his own shot and he’s average at best on defense. It’s the Tim Hardaway Jr. Trade from now on,” Kevin O’Connor wrote on his tweet.
Had Porzingis been more productive it would have been a great help for Doncic who has been absolutely superb for the Mavs. With Kp’s help who knows the Mavs would have rather wrapped up the series.