This brings us to the conundrum facing Rick Carlisle an…

This brings us to the conundrum facing Rick Carlisle and the Mavs: Doncic has shown that he’s a significantly better closer when he doesn’t have to throw fastballs for the full nine innings. But the Mavericks might not have anyone else ready in the bullpen. Doncic is in the midst of the third most heliocentric playoff series of the tracking data era; only Russell Westbrook in the first round in 2017 (69.9!) and the second round in 2016 (61.1) have had higher total usage rates than Doncic’s 60.3 percent rate so far. It should be noted that Westbrook’s Thunder lost both of those series.
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