Dallas Mavericks: 5 takeaways from Game 6 loss to LA Clippers
Dallas Mavericks takeaway from Game 6 loss to Clippers: 4. 3-point shooting
The Mavs needed to be at their best to upset the Clippers without Kristaps Porzingis. Game four is the perfect example. They did not have that on Sunday afternoon.
The Mavericks shot 38 of 90 from the field in game six. They took 17 free throws but made just ten. The 3-point shooting may have been worst of all. Dallas finished 11 of 37 on Sunday.
The long-range shooting was disappointing because the Mavs had open looks. The Clippers were doubling and forcing Luka Doncic to give up the ball. Dallas made the extra pass and had room, but nothing was falling.
Doncic was four of nine from 3-point range in game six. That means the rest of the Mavericks were just seven of 28. Seth Curry was the only bench player to attempt any before the closing moments. He finished one of three. The starting unit was behind most of the struggles on Sunday afternoon.
The takeaway is Dallas needs more shooting around Luka Doncic next season. If Dallas is going to take the leap into title contention, they need shooters to make open looks when teams sell out to stop the 21-year-old superstar. Hopefully, they can find it this offseason.
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