Dallas Mavericks need to make open shots to defeat the Clippers in Game 7
It is no secret that the Clippers upped the defense on Luka Doncic in Game 6. Kawhi Leonard took the primary defensive responsibilities against the Mavericks superstar, and LA double-teamed off nearly every pick and roll. It left plenty of open shots for Dorian Finney-Smith and the rest of the Mavs supporting cast, but they did not sink them.https://videos.nba.com/nba/pbp/media/2021/06/04/0042000176/304/67042eed-203b-e382-ec56-aea1402ff39d_1280x720.mp4
Dallas made 11 of their 34 3-point attempts in Game 6 and were ten of 27 on open ones as classified by NBA Stats. The Mavs need to shoot better if they are going to upset the Clippers in Game 7. LA is going to throw the kitchen sink at Luka to try to get him to relinquish the ball. The rest of the Mavericks have to step up and knock down open looks if they are going to advance.
It will be interesting to see if Dallas switches up who is screening for Doncic in Game 7. So far in the series, the 22-year-old has hunted mismatches. Whoever is guarded by the weakest defender sets the screen as the Mavs try to force a switch.
The Clippers were more disciplined with their switches in Game 6 and often sent two at Luka. Can Dallas adjust to putting the best shooter setting the screen to create more open looks for their top options? Additional attempts for Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. could be a recipe for success for the Dallas Mavericks in Game 7.
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