Suffice it to say that Kristaps Porzingis is at the center of a dispute.

Where is he best made use of in the Mavericks’ system?

As other centers/power forwards trickle back into the rotation after the COVID-19 protocols have run their course, seeing how all gamers fit into the rotation and who plays well with others is going to be a continuous process.

It’s specifically so for Porzingis, who is continuing to round into type after missing out on the very first few weeks of the season as he returned from knee surgery.

The Mavericks are not shooting the 3-point shot well yet. In truth, their 33.2 percent accuracy from beyond the arc is dead-last in the NBA.

History recommends that number will climb up. The Mavericks will get back to their typical level at some point. But will that occur with Porzingis playing mostly center? Or mostly power forward?

Coach Rick Carlisle’s priority is getting the Mavericks’ defense back in a competitive mode. When that takes place, it ought to help generate much easier 3-point try to find everyone, consisting of Porzingis.

” He’s an elite spacer,” Carlisle said of the 7-3 Porzingis. “He’s a terrific cutter. He’s an effective roller if we develop the proper angles. And so he’s got to be a risk in all those circumstances. And he’s a great pick-and-pop person.

” All those things remain in play. What occurs normally is that groups put a smaller guy on him so they can change a great deal of his pick-and-rolls and sometimes off-ball screens also. We’ve got to counter that with the best screening angles and the best cuts and rolls and the right respacing.”

It’s not as simple as it sounds. Carlisle wants the Mavericks’ offense to be “really accurate.” That implies when a screen is supposed to be set at the top of the key, it isn’t expected to be set 2 feet to the left or right of the top of the key.

Getting acquainted: The Mavericks remain in a hard back-to-back scenario. The late, national-TV start on Friday (9 p.m., Dallas time) will be followed by a 8 p.m. start on Saturday at American Airlines Center versus a much-improved Phoenix team.

That 23-hour break in between video games is simply thirty minutes more than the minimum permitted by NBA rules unless teams sign off on a much shorter healing time. The setup becomes part of the NBA’s effort to lessen travel throughout the distinct situations this season.

Count Carlisle among those who thinks playing a team two times in a row has its benefits.

” It’s a great idea in regards to limiting travel,” he stated. “It makes a great deal of sense. I heard some different aspects of it. Some people like it, some people aren’t insane about it. If you’re a fan, perhaps you like to see a different team every night. However if you’re a glass-half-full person, it’s a pretty engaging principle.”

The capability to remain in one city and not need to travel … I simply feel when you remain in a circumstance that’s somewhat different, you have to take the tack that there is a favorable there and search for it and accept it,” Carlisle said. “Practice time is so minimal this year that you need to use whatever is at your disposal to look directly brief time, but also look beyond the next video game. It’s just a reality. It’s not a cop-out response.

” We’re all learning different things about preparation with a high frequency of video games, however limited practice time. It is challenging.”

Kleber nears return: Maxi Kleber is the last of the COVID-19 protocol gamers for the Mavericks to still be sidelined. That sounds like it will alter.

” He’s doing better,” Carlisle said. “He’ll be back quickly.”

The coach had said on Thursday that he believed a Saturday return for Kleber was a possibility, but not a certainty.