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How can Dallas Mavericks avoid being swept in Game 4 vs. Warriors?

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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How can Dallas Mavericks avoid sweep in Game 4 vs. Warriors: 2. Make shots

In this series, the Mavs have created 80 wide-open 3-point attempts and made just 27 or just 33.8 percent. The worst team in the NBA shot 34.3 percent during the regular season on wide-open looks, and Dallas was at 38.8 percent.

The Mavericks have taken another 49 open looks as deemed by NBA Stats and connected on just 30.6 percent of those tries. With the defender at least four feet away in this series, Dallas has shot just 32.6 percent from 3-point range.

No team can win games on the biggest stages when they are missing open shots. Draymond Green and the Warriors have closed out hard-to-shooters in this series, but Dallas has also squandered open catch and shoot 3-point attempts. It could be fatigue from a long playoff run, bad luck, or just nerves, but something is causing the Mavs to miss open shots.

Consider this, if Dallas would have shot just 45 percent from the field and 35 percent from 3-point range in Game 3, they would have scored 111 points. Those are not outstanding shooting percentages, but it would have flipped the result into a two-point Mavericks win. If Dallas makes shots, they will win Game 4 at the American Airlines Center.