Can Mavericks get things difficult for Warriors at their home turf?
Things are getting intense as Dallas Mavericks travel to Bay Area on Thursday night to play against Golden State Warriors in the Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. The Warriors won the first three matches quite comfortably and were favorites to wrap up the series on Tuesday night but a brilliant display by Mavericks made sure the series stays alive.
Looking at how things unwrapped on Tuesday night, Mavericks needs a win tonight, not just to stay in the series but to avoid criticism about their style of play as well. Their defensive display has already put them up against the wall, and it’s gonna be a ‘win the game or go home’ scenario for them till the very last game of the series. Here are some of the tactics to consider for Mavericks if they want to have a chance against the Warriors.
Rebounds have become a topic that isn’t discussed much anymore, much because of the Mavericks submission to the Warriors supremacy in that regards. To be fair, the quality of players Warriors have, there aren’t much teams that can compete with them in this stat area. But despite the superiority Warriors have, Mavericks delivered a perfect performance on Tuesday night and managed to overhaul them in that statistical category, as well as the match. Keep in mind that Luka Doncic wasn’t at his best on Tuesday night in their win against GSW.
Dallas needs to get their shooting on point when Warriors are in Zone
Game 4 was different from the previous three games in quite some ways, particularly how warriors played defensively. Warriors used the zone tactics to reduce the 29-points lead but the shooting from Dallas players was exceptionally well and their coach, Steve Kerr tried some things in the fourth quarter, one of which was attacking their zone. Looking at their tactics in the previous game, they may have found a thing or two to work on but losing the Game 2 might have ruined their chances in the series.
Luka Doncic and Jalen Brunson need to hit shots
The role players of Dallas and their regressive play played a huge role in their win on Tuesday night. They need to reproduce the performance of Reggie Bullock in Game 2 and most importantly from their key players, Luka Doncic and Jalen Brunson. Though both played well, it wasn’t up to their standards as they hit a combined points of only 15-of-38, which is not good enough. It sounds silly but they need to outshoot Warriors if they want to win Game 5.