Mavs’ Dorian Finney-Smith ‘tired of losing seasons’, hoping Kristaps Porzingis’ return will help change that
Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith is determined to help his team end their playoff drought in the 2019-20 NBA season. Finney-Smith said that the Mavs are tired of having losing seasons.
The Mavs ended up with a 33-49 record last season, which is only good for 14th place in the Western Conference. The Mavericks have now missed the playoffs for three straight seasons, and Finney-Smith insisted that they want to turn the tables around next season.
“We’re all just ready to get going and make the playoffs,” Finney-Smith via Eddie Sefko of Mavs.com. “We’re tired of losing seasons and not reaching our goals — being a disappointment to each other.”
Finney-Smith, who signed a three-year deal worth $12 million with the Mavericks this summer, is hoping that the arrival of Kristaps Porzingis will help them get over the hump. The Mavs acquired Porzingis in a trade last season, but he did not appear in a single game last season because he was still recovering from an ACL surgery.
The 26-year-old Finney-Smith said that they are liking what they seeing from Porzingis despite sitting out the entire 2018-19 season. He said that if Porzingis manages to return to his previous form, the Mavs will be a serious headache to opposing teams in the years to come.
“He’s healthy and he can shoot it,” Finney-Smith said of Porzingis. “If he’s as good or anywhere close to New York, we’re going to be a problem.”