NBA playoffs 2022: What’s the Dallas Mavericks bench doing? ‘Causing problems for the other side’

They met at the American Airlines Center immediately after they first saw each other. Donovan MitchellI made a simple request Theo PinsonBefore the Utah JazzAnd Dallas MavericksThe two met in the first round NBA's Western Conference playoffs.

Pinson was told by Mitchell: “Theo. Shut up, please.”

Mitchell is well-acquainted with Pinson’s penchant for running his mouth. They have been friends since the AAU circuit. Mitchell was also subject to trash talk from Pinson, the Mavs bench, and Mitchell during Jazz's March trip to Dallas.

Mitchell jocularly added, “Don’t say nothing today.”

Not a chance. Pinson hardly ever keeps quiet during a Mavericks game.

Pinson is not eligible for the playoffs as he's on an indefinite two-way contract, but he makes his presence known as the ringleader of rowdy Mavs bench. Pinson spends almost every minute on his feet, exhorting his teammates and spewing trash talk to try to hurt his opponent's ears.

The rotation doesn't include players who aren’t there, as well as injured guards Tim Hardaway JrPinson joined. They are proud to have the NBA's most boisterous team for a Dallas team that is 0-2 down in the conference semifinals to top-seeded Suns heading into Friday's Game 3.9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).

Hardway describes their job as “energy-givers”, which is a mix of antagonist and assistant coach. They will remind their teammates of the film sessions and provide defensive coverages. They will also be a cruel mocker of opponents' errors, such as when they made a production out of ducking and dodgingWhen Jazz center Rudy GobertAir-balled a free throw

Pinson believes that there is probably more coaching than s—-talking. We just do our best to help our fellow teammates. We are just trying to make ourselves better. Mentally, we are a problem for the other team.

“I don’t see any other teams doing the same thing as us.”

Perhaps not, but the NBA Office sees. They. It was so much that the league chose to include the Dallas bench in their “Points of Education” videoTeams were notified before the playoffs.

The video also includes a clip showing Pinson, Hardaway, and other bench players leaping and stomping onto court to celebrate. Reggie BullockA shot was blocked in a road win against The on March 1. Los Angeles Lakers.

Pinson states that “we're probably on floor a bit too often here and there, however we've tamed the beast back from the regular-season.” “We have a much better record over there than we did during the regular season.”

Pinson scored 48 points over 148 minutes in 19 games for Dallas during the regular season. However, the Mavs believe it was no coincidence that Pinson arrived on a hardship 10-day deal.

They regard him as an integral component of their success. Jason Kidd wasn't even half kidding when he called Pinson “Team MVP” in February.

Kidd stated that Kidd gave Dallas something they didn't have and now he has a team over there. This was before Dallas' Game 6 victory over Utah.

“They are all about the game, from jump ball to end. They are connected, and so is the team, win or lose.

Kidd was hired to replace Rick Carlisle this summer and took over a team plagued by chemistry problems. This was strengthened during Luka DoncicFollowing the signing of his supermax contract extension in Slovenia, Doncic spoke at a news conference. Doncic, just after leading Slovenia to its first men's basketball Olympic run in the men's, praised the “amazing chemistry” of their national team.

Doncic stated that Doncic believed that winning games was the result of this. “And that's what Dallas needs,” Doncic said.

What are you waiting for?

Doncic stated that “our chemistry is much better now than it was at start of season” before the start to the second round. “We're together and I think it has improved a lot. You can see it both on and off court.

It is easy to see from the bench.

It was a surprise to the Mavericks, but Pinson arrived just in time. He was playing to the Boston CelticsWhen the Mavs' roster was decimated by a COVID-19 epidemic in mid-December, he joined the G League team. He signed two 10-day hardship agreements, immediately infusing the team's energy and convincing the front office and coaching staff to keep Pinson around.

He was able to travel with the team all-time, which is unusual for a player who plays two-way, even though he was temporarily sidelined by a broken finger.

“Theo is the best culture guy, hype man, or whatever you want to call him in the NBA,” Mavericks sixth man Spencer DinwiddiePinson's friend, he was also there. Brooklyn NetsAfter the trade deadline, they were reunited. Kristaps PorzingisIn March, he said:

“I've been in NBA eight years. “I've been on five teams or something similar — Theo is my favorite [teammate].

“I'll take his place on a team anytime. It's instantly more positive. It is immediately better. He'll make you laugh, even if you're going through tough times. He will make you smile, and you are going through some great times.

Hardaway, Pinson's hype person, has taken on Hardaway as his partner. It gives Pinson a greater sense o purpose and a greater sense if he is able to return from left foot surgery. Hardaway said he hopes he will be able to return during the playoff run. However, it is unlikely as he is only a few weeks away starting to cut.

“The guys allow my to do what i do on the bench right at this point and they are verbal and supportive. Hardaway states that she tries to be positive and persistent in all aspects of my life.

“I am having a great experience. It's all thanks to my coworkers and Theo. Theo lightens up the room, makes sure everyone stays positive, and talks trash in a funny, humorous way. He's also serious about winning and wants to win as much as the other five men on the floor.

There are times when you need to remind yourself of this, as the video from the league office shows. tsk-tskTone, that the Mavs have five or more players on the floor.

Pinson said, “We're involved every game.” “We're up, ready, and helping our teammates. We have realized the importance of it.”

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