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Mavs’ Tim Hardaway Jr. doesn’t ‘care’ who’s third or fourth option

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It’s crystal clear that Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis are the Dallas Mavericksfirst and second options respectively. Analysts have been weighing in on who the third or fourth option is. But if Tim Hardaway Jr. is concerned, he doesn’t care that much. He just wants to win.

Hardaway shared his thoughts on the matter via Callie Caplan of the Dallas Morning News. For him, being named the third of the fourth option behind Doncic and Porzingis is a trivial matter.

“At this point, I just want to win. I don’t care,” Hardaway said Monday via a Zoom press conference after the Mavericks’ mandatory individual workout. “I’m just trying to go out there and produce as best I can, do my job and control what I control out there on the floor.

Tim Hardaway Jr. is actually the Mavs’ third-leading scorer at 15.8 points per game. Right behind him is Seth Curry who averages 12.6 points per contest. As such, analysts say that its a battle between Seth Curry and Hardaway on who’s the third-best player in the roster. But again, Hardaway dismissed such discussions and even praised Seth Curry for what he’s done so far.

“Everybody forgets Seth started the season for us, and he did an amazing job, so it doesn’t matter if I’m the third or the fourth or [Doncic and Porzingis] are out and I’m the first or second. I’m just out here trying to do the best I can to make everybody’s job a lot easier.”

The Mavs will enter the bubble location in Orlando with a 40-27 record for seventh place in the West. The last time they made the playoffs was in the 2015-16 season.