The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Golden State Warriors last night, 133-103, in a game where the Mavs led by 43 points. The dominant win came without Kristaps Porzingis and Josh Richardson, missing their third straight games.
Porzingis will always have a major role in Dallas, but Richardson’s first season as a Mav has been a disappointment. With the playoffs approaching, it’s time for head coach Rick Carlisle to bench Josh Richardson.
Josh Richardson’s 3-point shooting is at a personal worst
Richardson has never been a phenomenal shooter. His career 3-point percentage is 36%, and after a promising rookie season where he shot 46%, he hasn’t fared better on a larger sample size. However, Dallas expected the combo guard to hit more shots in their trey-centric offense. With the season nearly over, the shots have not been falling for Richardson.
He’s shooting just 31.6% from three, a career low, while also generating less wide-open looks than expected. Richardson’s shooting deficiencies result in spacing issues for the rest of the offense. When Richardson and Dorian Finney-Smith play at the same time, defenses can afford to sag off them, paying more attention to Luka Doncic and Porzingis.