Thing Dallas Mavericks need to clean up after Game 1 win: 4. Turnovers
The Mavs and Clippers both limit turnovers. Each finished inside the top seven in turnovers with Dallas having a slight edge during the regular season. LA committed just five turnovers in Game 1 as the Mavericks had 12. It is below Dallas’ season average, but they need to win that battle during the series.
The Mavs were quick to foul after a give away. They did not allow fastbreak points. The Clippers had four in the contest, but that strategy forced Dallas into a bit of foul trouble. Dorian Finney-Smith finished with five personals, and Maxi Kleber had four. The Mavericks played their five starters massive minutes. They cannot afford to be in foul trouble or give up fastbreak points. The easiest way to accomplish both goals is to limit their turnovers.
Kawhi Leonard was 12th in the NBA in steals per game this season, and he had four in Game 1. The Mavericks need to be aware of the Klaw on both ends of the floor. Leonard putting up massive steal numbers will cause problems for Dallas.
The Dallas Mavericks need to keep their turnovers down. It is something to watch in the series.
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