In their second game of the season, the Dallas Mavericks looked like a completely different team than in their opener. Following their 26-point loss to the Atlanta Hawks, they beat the Toronto Raptors by eight points. 

The Mavs looked much better defensively, holding the Raptors to under 100 points. Additionally, their offense was much more efficient, as they converted on 41.8% of their shots. 

To Luka Doncic, the difference maker against Toronto was simply energy.

“That first game, we didn’t make shots. Our energy wasn’t there,” said Doncic postgame. “That shouldn’t happen, and I think today, like I said, we stick together. We push each other.”

The player that elevated Dallas most against the Raptors was Tim Hardaway Jr., who had an outstanding second half offensively. Without his contributions, the Mavericks may not have pulled out the win.

What does Hardaway Jr. mean to this team?